It’s the end of summer so I wanted to make an unforgettable summer look. Have I succeeded? This look includes a cropped blazer from Mimi G’s Simplicity Pattern line, paper bag waisted shorts from BurdaStyle magazine, and a self-drafted envelope clutch. To learn more about how this bold look came together, read on.
First, let’s talk about this gorgeous fabric. It’s a Milly designer fabric that I picked up at Textile Fabric in Nashville back in May. I’m not sure on the fiber content. I forgot to note it when I bought it. It’s so unusual. I’m sure I paid a pretty penny for a few yards, but now I can’t remember how much exactly.
The jacket was made using Simplicity 8093. You might recognize that I’ve made this blazer before here. One of the best parts about sewing your own wardrobe is that you can completely change the look and feel of any pattern all depending on fabric choice. I love this easy versatile pattern. Mimi has her own youtube channel so you can follow along as you make your jacket while watching her step-by-step tutorial. I’ll be making another one or two of these jackets this winter in a rich wool or tweed.
The only alteration I made to the jacket pattern was to shorten the sleeves by six inches to give it more of a summer vibe.
Tip: It is very easy to shorten sleeves on any pattern. Keep in mind, however, that you cannot simply hack off the bottom or else you’ll distort the shape of the sleeve. All patterns have cutting lines, generally speaking, where you can shorten or lengthen your pattern.
For the lining, I used a lime green polyester from JoAnn’s.
These shorts are from the June 2015 issue of BurdaStyle magazine.
They have the best freaking patterns. I bought the pdf version for $5.99 online. I was annoyed that they do not offer a wide format version, which means I had to tape all the damn pages together. But it turned out to be not too bad and I much preferred that then having to trace those mind boggling pattern sheets they include in their printed magazine. My only other complaint is that the pattern pieces do not tell you the finished garment measurements. That means I had to go off of the sizing chart and I cut a size 38. Of course, they turned out to be much too big. That’s part of the reason why I did not make such wide cuffs because I was already comically drowning in fabric.
I was worried that this look was going to be ridiculously over-the-top but I think it works. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you already know that I am way into the matchy-matchy combo looks. But I do think this look is of the moment and the interwebs agree:
I had a little bit of leftover fabric so I decided to make a matching envelope-style clutch.
It’s the perfect size for carrying your phone and a few other essentials for a night out.
It was a super easy make. I drafted one pattern piece in an oversized envelope shape.
I used that to cut my fashion fabric, lining, and sew-on heavy weight interfacing. After it was all stitched together I used my Dritz snap fastener pliers to attach a couple of snaps.
It’s pretty cute. Next time I’ll use even heavier interfacing to give it more weight. Here are some inside shots of the other garment pieces.
I’m glad to bid summer farewell and welcome in autumn. I cannot wait for pumpkin spice lattes, tall boots, and cozy knit sweaters. What is on your fall sewing list?