Despite the fact that the Jade has only been out for six weeks, I haven’t made myself a new one in six months. Kind of crazy right, don’t I have to be an ambassador for my own patterns? But you know, I don’t wear skirts like this in summer. I wear them layered and with tights in autumn and winter. To celebrate the October launch I made myself a new one, kind of an ode to the first folded skirt. And since I need to build a wardrobe I made something to go with it: a striped Sloppy Jo.
I ordered both fabrics from fabric.com somewhere in August with this pattern combination in mind. The mustard is a ponte, the Sloppy Jo a lightweight cotton knit. I spent a lot of time putting fabrics in and out of my online basket, trying to find just the right stripe and the right shade of mustard. Again the color palette I made really helped choosing the fabrics, both navy and mustard are part of the palette. Having a limited choice in colours keeps you from getting distracted, something that happens all the time in a store with such a big selection.
This is the Jade View A, Mini. I cut a size 5 and then graded back at the waist to a 3. I lengthened it by an inch (using this method) because the pattern is drafted for a body length of 5’7″ and I’m 5’10”. The difference in length between View A and B is 5.5″ so I could also have gone with a B but I just like it short. Plus I had View A at hand and ready to use, so laziness might have been a factor, hehe.
There are a lot of basic tees out there right now if you’re looking for one. I guess it’s kind of the first one you try and adjust, and then stick with, rather than a search for the perfect one. This is my third Sloppy Jo (others & adjustments here and here) and it works for me as a basic tee. With a garment like this I don’t want to put in a lot of energy and try a lot of different designers to be honest. I’ve noticed that more people have their go-to basics like this.
So the challenge here was not the pattern but the stripe matching. I didn’t use my walking foot because the fabric is so lightweight, just the good old lots-of-pins method. I had to redo parts of the side seam but other than that it went allright. Stripe matching is funny. When you get it it’s not just that it looks good, the seam becomes invisible. As soon as it’s off, it’s like there’s a big arrow blinking: SEAM HERE.
The best thing about these garments is that they fit really well in my existing wardrobe. I have a cardigan and a sweater (looks like a Linden but it’s RTW) to wear it with, and separate they can be combined with even more things. A chunky cable sweater, jeans and my wintery Archer to name a few. Sometimes when you make something new it doesn’t have a fireworks ending, it just immediately feels like it has always been there. Not very exciting but that doesn’t make it less successful.
What makes me feel even more put together than a co-ordinating handmade outfit is some handmade jewellery to go with it. I ordered these pendants, chain and ear hangers from littlefabrics.com. Half an hour of fiddling at the kitchen table and voilà, semi-handmade stuff to go with my other handmade stuff. Handmade FTW!
What kind of garments make you most excited? Basic wardrobe builders, pretty party dresses, or something else?