There must have been something in the water lately, because THREE Cali bloggers have projects with this tencel denim in June! I used my spring fabric allowance from Cali to buy 6m of this fabric, because tencel seems to be the hot new “it” fabric this year! I used this fabric first for my Winslow Culottes and now I’m back with the new Jalie Vanessa Fluid Pants.
(Here’s my original post on Cali, but you are about to read a more extended, chatty version.)
These are a loose jogger-style pant with an elastic waist. I’ve been wanting to try this style of pant for a few years, and I’m glad I finally have! They are loose and comfy, but they sure do feel strange to wear after years of skinny jeans. Mine turns out baggier than the pattern samples… but simultaneously a bit tight on my tush. Thankfully they bag out just a hint with wear and then they fit perfectly! Next time I’ll size down and do a full-butt adjustment to add volume just where I need it.
I found the pattern easy to work with – I love Jalie for their solid drafting and clear but not over-complicated instructions. My only hiccup was that the waistband (made of a flat panel at the centre front of the waistband and the gathered section) was a few inches too short to match the circumference of the pants/my hips! I compared to the pattern piece, and I cut the fabric right, so I’m not sure what is going on there. It was a really simple fix though – I just recut the centre panel a bit longer. I skipped the buttons holes for a waist tie because I didn’t have any cord or ribbon that would work!
As with my Winslow Culottes, it’s been interesting figuring out what to pair with these pants. The proportions are all new to me! You see here the first time in 10 or 20 years or more that I’ve tucked a shirt into trousers… and I kinda like it! I’m normally self-conscious about the curve of my abdomen, but I think the drape/fit/ease of these trousers camouflages that well enough. When I sewed these pants, I also pictured them with the cactus Concord tee and peacock Comino Cap tee that I sewed this spring in my 2-hour sewing challenge – I still need to try those combinations out!
Along with the Jalie joggers, I also sewed a Jalie 3245 tank! The fabric I used is a lovely mid-weight rayon knit from Cali… but it seems to be sold out! Not to worry, they have lots of other good knits to chose from. The knit started out as navy-on-cream… but I tossed it in with the tencel in my second pre-wash, and next thing I knew, I had blue-on-blue. Let’s pretend it’s fashionably monochromatic, ok? (Truth – I wish it was still cream and navy – I’d wear it so much more then!)
Lesson learned – prewash tencel denim with dark colours, use a colour catcher, or toss in something you’d like to dye indigo!
This was one of the first Jalie tanks I sewed this summer (before I blogged about the pattern here). I was worried at the time that the tank would come out short, so I lengthened it… as you can tell, that was unnecessary! It’s now too long. Oh well! One of my favourite things about blogging for Cali is that I tend to use the fabric for risk-free sewing – a chance to experiment with patterns and shapes with free fabric!
How is your summer sewing going? I’m at a strange point right now where I have so many beloved clothes that I can go a whole season without wearing a favourite garment. How does that happen? Like, “Oops, I love wearing that, but I didn’t get around to it because I have so many other clothes I love!” I try to give things away and narrow down my choices, but I really do love a lot of my clothes. As a result, I’m feeling weird about sewing new things… because will I really wear them more than a few times? And will new favourites push out existing favourites? Ugh. I’m clearly overthinking this, right?