can’t stop. won’t stop!
the comfy summerwear separates just keep happening! i had the idea to make this shirt and post it along with my last one, but ran out of sewing time.
so then i decided to make some new shorts too and post a whole outfit at once (rare for me, but seems to be more common among adult sewing bloggers?).
my slouchy shirt is the hey june union st tee – this time i made the scoop neck long sleeved version. i scooped the neck out a bit more (i made the small but cut down to the XXS neckline and increased my neckband length slightly) and didn’t hem it at all because i wanted it to feel more like a light sweater, nice for layering through the fall. the fact that the small is a tad big on me worked to my advantage here.
the fabric is a fantastic linen jersey from fabric depot (Gail and i hit an awesome 40% off sale together – i got both of these fabrics that day). it’s got a ton of drape and is very soft and stretchy, but wasn’t annoying to sew! it’s a beautiful blue-gray with a bit of sheen, and my eyes seem to take on the color of the shirt when i wear it, which i love. i’d totally buy this top if i found it at a store.
the shorts are Grainline’s maritime shorts made in robert kaufman 21 wale corduroy in graphite (online here). baby wale corduroy is so soft and nice for apparel, though the legs for some reason ended up a bit more skirt-like than my chambray maritimes. it might just be that they need a wash-and-dry to shrink a bit and hang straighter? dunno. in any event, if my shorts are short i don’t like them tight, so the looser fit is fine by me. i actually just tried on and then donated about 5 pairs of shorts taking up room in my drawers – if i can make shorts i love, why hang onto a bunch of ones that i don’t??
i modified the back pocket because i didn’t want the wrong side of the corduroy showing like it would with the original design. i just squared off the top and folded it twice to the wrong side at the notches; it worked nicely. i also finished the front pockets and waistband with topstitching (rather than understitching/handstitching) and added a button instead of a hook and eye to close them, all of which made the finishing process go a lot faster this time.
i’m glad to have another pair of maritimes since i reach for my first pair more than i expected to (i’m more of a “skirts in summer” type of gal typically) and i know i’ll wear this shirt to death too.
thanks to my husband for taking these photos! i like having the tripod so i can take my own when i need to, but a live photographer is even better. photoshoots go so much faster when i don’t have to run back and forth to the tripod to see if i’m even in frame.
(the kids were playing nearby while we were taking these, which is why i ended up looking to my right a lot.)
i’ve got another garment or two for my own wardrobe in the hopper, but the urge to sew a new dress or two for E is definitely creeping in!
my favorite part of sewing as a hobby (and a pledge i made to myself when i started) is to follow my whims…for a long time that meant i wanted to sew kids clothes, but right now it’s stuff for me! i bet around KCW time it’ll flip back. meanwhile, i’m always collecting my favorite ideas over on my sewing for kids pinterest board, waiting for inspiration/pattern/fabric/necessity to combine in just the right way to bump a project to the top of the list…all while enjoying the heck out of my new handmade wardrobe!