Happy Me-Made May! My first week is all about pants, and one of my goals was to try some new silhouettes instead of the RTW skinny jeans I wear all winter. Well, enter the Closet Case Patterns Jenny Overalls/Pants pattern, with a stretch waist and stretch black denim!
I made this pattern a few times last year, as shorts in stretch twill and as flowy wide leg pants in challis and crepe. It was a good way to edge gently into the trendy wide leg silhouette, and this year I was ready to jump in! (Ok, jump in with cheap fabric, let’s be honest.)
According to the measurement chart for the pattern, I’m a size 20, with my hips a couple of inches beyond. I sewed it in a Size 20 last year for drapey non-stretch fabrics, but in stretch wovens I sew something closer to a size 16 in width. You KNOW how I feel about stretch pull on pants, so of course I made these comfy to wear! The rise on this pattern is crazy high (probably so it works as overalls) so I serged elastic to the top edge, folded and topstitched it down. No separate waistband at all!
So, what to wear with wide leg pants? For years the “rule” was balancing volume with something fitted, but I’m super fascinated by the current volume-with-volume trend. And for this outfit, I had the perfect inspiration: Jess from @fat.bobbin.girl and Broad In The Seams! If you don’t follow her, you should. She has style, wit, insight and things to say!
My dear friend and Sewcialists Editor Becky released her Workhorse Patterns Ione shirt hack pack at just the right time, and voila! It’s perfect!
As Becky says, the original Ione is an ode to the 80’s – you can see that clearly in this Esprit-inspired version she made! I like my original version, but you know I like everything better in a knit!
The hack pack walks you through a bunch of potential changes, like making a keyhole neckline or lengthening it into a dress… I chose to try the “70’s shoulder” adjustment which gives a soft curved shoulder seam, and followed the instructions for eliminating the yoke. I also took out 1.5″ of height above the bust and shortened the sleeves a bit, so it’s now properly petite-sized!
I used a 1m cut of rayon sweater knit that I’ve had on had for years. Turns our this pattern works perfectly as a summer sweater! I went for a straight hem because my fabric was limited, but I really like how it looks. It’s long enough in front that I would totally wear this to work, but it is short enough to still read as “cropped”.
(The pants are also as long as the fabric would allow… which I think turned out fine! I’ve kinda given up on trying to figure out the “right” length for cropped pants – I think ankle length or 7/8 looks too long on me, so I always bring them shorter than is trendy anyway!)
I sewed this in April (hence the fake flowers pretending it’s spring) but I’ll be wearing it happily during Me-Made May and beyond! Honestly, I’m more excited about this outfit than anything I’ve made for a while!
How do you feel about the volume-on-voume look for yourself?