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CURRENT FASHION WITH AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Check out your favorite websites to see how many ways you can wear denim--it's big this season.
Here's one idea for our 100% cotton, lightweight denims. This is The Blouse Perfected, view A. You'll see many similar shirts on fashion websites, but you can make your own with the fit and details you want.
I also experimented with a frayed seam finish on denim. You might like it, so take a look at the 12/21/20 post on the Stitch to Style blog for all the how-to's.
Both these denims are 100% cotton and quite lightweight. Perfect for shirts, shells, tops, flared skirts, tunics, and dresses. I've played with a couple of techniques on denim. First, I used topstitching with 2 threads through the needle on my denim shirt. If you'd like to try it, go to our Stitch to Style blog and read the post from 6/3/19.
These denims are light/midweight and perfect for light jackets, tops, and pants.
I love these 2 denims because they combine cotton for comfort, polyester for wrinkle-resistance, and spandex for a bit of extra comfort.
Try this pattern:
VERSATILE SUMMER OUTFITS THAT EXTEND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
An exceptionally versatile pattern. Both the jacket and the top can be made in many different fabrics, extending the seasons and occasions where you can wear them.
Pair the jacket with a coordinating printed top, extending its usefulness.
Make it longer, in a fabric that looks more like fall.
Here's the jacket made longer in lightweight linen to be worn as a shirt. The vest is the jacket once again, but with the sleeves eliminated.
And pop this same vest over a white shirt. Mix things up!
Sunny color is just right for summer.
This version is cotton with only 2 pockets rather than the 4 drafted in the pattern. I made squared pockets and fastened them with buttons.
When using a large-scale print, overlap the back yoke and lower back to make one piece, rather than cutting up the print. Also, I changed from a cut-on facing to a sew-on facing so the facing and collar could be cut from a coordinating fabric. I love sewing--I can have any details I want.
I've even make this jacket in wool boucle. The seams are all finished with Hong Kong finishes.
Look closely. The collar on the vest is 3/8" shorter so the orange shirt collar stands a bit higher and can be seen at the back as a rim of orange.
Same jacket!! It's been lengthened and made from glazed linen.
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