With this oh-so-fresh and summery outfit, a water background was needed, so thought I'd take you to one of my most favorite places Devil's Fork State Park
with the beautiful Lake Jocassee behind me. Jocassee, pronounced Joe-cass'-ee, was an area once home to our Cherokee Indians and you can read more about the legend behind the name here
. It is now the name of this manmade lake that is a part of Devil's Fork State Park in Upstate, South Carolina.
I love the way the mountains touch the waters. Even on this overcast morning the lake is beautiful. There is a public boat ramp to this side....
...with kayak and canoe rentals this side. And as with all our mountain waters, this lake water is c-o-l-d, c-o-l-d, c-o-l-d! The overall lake encompasses 7,500 acres with 75 miles of shoreline.
I'm on the small manmade beach side sharing my spot with this pretty thing who was completely unbothered by my close proximity.
Let's talk about this Ottobre outfit.... no. 10 Sculpture draped blouse and no. 14 Loose Fit casual linen pants. My pants aren't out of linen.... that's just the name of the pattern. :)
Both patterns were traced from the women's Ottobre magazine Spring/Summer 2/2015 edition that I picked up earlier this year at my local Barnes & Noble Bookstore. (btw the Fall 2015 Ottobre women's should be out in August!) May I say I LOVE this magazine!
This is the third time I've made this cute shirt. You can see the first two here
. The first version was out of a crepe de chine, the second out of a soft knit and this one is out of 100% white linen. Perfect! Third time's the charm! The magazine describes this top as "asymmetrically-draped" "otherwise loose-cut blouse is a snug fit around the hips." You can see the pleating on the left shoulder in the line drawing below. This cute top takes around 1 yard of fabric.
Another fabric purchase at Joann's. Took a photo of the fabric bolt information for future reference and paid $8.50 per yard for 100% white linen fabric that retails for $16.99, taking advantage of another 50% off sale. I think I'm liking shopping at Joann's. :)
The instructions have you start right away with "fold and stitch narrow hem (5mm + 5mm) at front neckline" and from the past two experiences, I knew this was the hardest part about this top. The neckline is cut almost on the bias, and is tricky to keep from puckering and laying wonky..... so this time I learned a new-to-me technique of how to hand-stitch a narrow rolled hem using Ami Simms awesome video 'How to Sew a Rolled Hem'
. Methinks this neckline turned out pretty darn good this time around. No puckers, no wonkiness.... nice and flat. I got the back neckline facing on correctly this time too. She has you put it on in such a way the ends are all tucked in with less bulk. All other seams are serged. Hemmed with a 1 1/4" hem instead of 1" hem per pattern instructions.
I took a few photos at home before leaving for the lake, so here's a closer view of the top being worn. The pleats at the left shoulder give it nice, unusual drape and design feature. I also narrowed the hip area on this version, so you can see it fits me snug in the hips to allow the over part to 'drape'. Love, love, loved working with the white linen.
Now let's look at the pants. I've not made these before but liked the look on the model and the line drawing. Ummm, they say loose fit.....
....but mine fit kinda' snug. I traced a 38 and probably should've traced a 40. Do you ever do that? Trace the size you 'want' to be.... not necessarily what you 'are' at the time?! This fabric is a 100% cotton Ikat Dot Twill purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3.00 per yard. I think I bought 3 yards and have 30" left over. A pale aqua with white splashy dots of sorts on them. I thought paired with this white top the look would be 'resort wear'. Seams are serged and for the pockets I used a combination of Ottobre's instructions, my instructions for Tom's comfy pants I keep on hand and Handmade by Carolyn's In-seam Pockets tutorial
. I need all the help I can get sometimes! Only other modification I made was to insert a 1 1/2" elastic in a casing instead of making 2 casings for 3/4" elastic then sew them down the middle to create a smaller channeled look per pattern instructions. I'm just not sure about my fit and didn't want to be locked in to sewn-in elastic.
The magazine shows the model with the pants legs rolled up.... but I like them down. Love this cropped, narrow leg look.
A little bit of blue sky began peeking out as I was packing up at the lake.....
..... and had to stop and snap a picture of the barn quilt on the Park Ranger's station.
And as everyone has probably figured out by now, there's always more to the story.....
Sooooooo, after I got home with the Ikat Dot Twill fabric and began making the pants, I was overcome by the most horrible feeling that I was making polka dot pajama-looking pants, instead of the classic resort wear I had imagined. During one of the fittings I asked my husband what he thought. Did I look like I was wearing pajamas? No, he assured me..... I looked fine. About that time my daughter walked in and said 'Hey Mom! I love your new pajama pants!' So, please dear readers, be honest with me..... what do you think.... Pajama Pants or Summer Pants. :}
Happy Sewing Everyone!
This is such a cute summer outfit, Lisa! I love your neckline detail. Thank you showing us this great surrounding! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you SaSa! :)Delete
Does not look like pj's - very pretty summer outfit. And love the beautiful scenery.ReplyDelete
Thank you Beverly! :)Delete
I never thought of these as p.j. pants when I first looked at them, but as soft, pastel, polka dot pants that looked good with your casual shoes. I'd wear them with confidence, if I was you. Linen is a delight to work with, and your rolled hem looks lovely. Just a tip - when making pants without a muslin, add extra to the outside leg seam front and back - cut one inch seams, and then you have plenty to work with, and can let out if need be. I never have this problem from the tummy down, but I do around the middle, and always add plenty and trim that away if need be.ReplyDelete
Great tip! These pants are/were a muslin before cutting into my linen..... and adding extra seam allowance would've been a great idea. 'Wear with confidence'.... I like that! Thank you Sarah Liz! :)Delete
Haha, daughters can be brutal, no?! Rest assured your trousers look gorgeous and perfect for summer. I did not think "pyjamas" while looking at your lovely pictures at all! The top is super cute, and I really adore that little pleat detail at the shoulder. As for white linen; well, seriously, I could just live in white linen EVERYTHING, all summer long! Just a lovely outfit, all over :)ReplyDelete
Brutal.... absolutely! She felt so bad when she realized she'd sort of said the 'wrong' thing..... but still!! Completely understand your love of white linen..... there shall be more in my wardrobe too. Thank you ever so much Carolyn! :)Delete
Great outfit! I didn't think those were pj pants when I saw them first. I think with this pants it is important what you wear with them, but this top let's them look like beautiful summer pants. I always cut one size less than I would need when I sew pants :-D Can't stand the thought of having 2 sizes more hipwise than I have bustwise :-D That being said I really like your outfit, it looks so summery and I love those light colors on you!ReplyDelete
HaHa!!! Oh yes.... all sizes have to 'match'! Thanks so much Katharina! :)Delete
No worries, they don't look like pyjama pants at all, they look like chinos which is worn at this cropped length in my Japanese sewing books. Daughters are in a different fashion style era than us :)ReplyDelete
The view at this lake is so beautiful and serene.
Hee!Hee! Oh my goodness another great point about daughters! I shall look at my daughter's.... err.... 'fashion advice' in a different light in the future. :) Ah, Chinos.... that's what these are. Thank you so much Erin! :)Delete
Wonderful outfit! I love the lightness of it. I don't think the pants look like pyjamas at all. Maybe if you wore them with a matching turquoise green top? But aren't pyjamas the hight of fashion right now? So don't you worry again!ReplyDelete
They're lovely! By the way the story to the lake sounds great.
Ha!Ha! So I'm in fashion no matter what! Too funny!! :0 Thank you so much Kathrin! :)Delete
The pants don't read as pjs to me, at least not through the computer screen. But as someone already said, daughters live in a different style world. My own three have nixed several things I've made. Come to think of it, most of those items were pants! Wear those pants with no hesitation and be happy you know the fit issues are fixable before you cut into the linen.ReplyDelete
It's comforting to see I'm in great company with a daughter's style advice/world! Ha! Pants will be worn with no hesitations! Thank you Barbara! :)Delete
One of my girls is pretty much anti-print. Her wardrobe is nearly all solids in subdued colors. I get a kick out of her reaction to some of the loud prints I've used. Often she just gives me a sideways look and says, "that's kind of a LOT." Even funnier is that her little daughter loves garish prints and puts together the wackiest pattern combinations. That's probably a typical little kid thing, though.Delete
Come to think of it, my daughter is like that too.... grays, blacks, dark blues.... year-round. Hmmm, sounds like your granddaughter just might be her mother's, mother's revenge. (Did I say that right?!) heeheehee :0Delete
Lisa, you do such a great job of "showing" your outfits. No, I never for a second thought "pj" bottoms when looking at the pictures. I've experienced so many of the same kind of reactions from my daughter! It truly must be a "mother/daughter" thing and over the years (sigh), I've learned to realize can't be taken to heart by me. She just has a different frame of reference (which I don't understand!) than I do. Wonderfully cool, comfortable, attractive outfit!ReplyDelete
Hee!Hee!.... I don't understand mine's 'frame of reference' either sometimes!!! :0 You might have a good point there too with it being a mother/daughter thing. Thanks ever so much Mama Pea! :)Delete
What a pretty outfit! Both top and trousers are so nicely done and they look great on you :) Love the backdrops as well.ReplyDelete
Have a lovely weekend :)
Thank you so much Hana! You too! :)Delete