Sunday, 19 July 2015

Crop top and holly trousers combo

Hello! For this months Minerva make, I wanted to go a little bit out of my comfort zone and try something new. So, I had a crack at one of By Hand London's patterns, the Holly jumpsuit, using variation 3 for some wide legged trousers.
To complete the outfit, I made a little crop top to go with the trousers, using my bodice block and a gorgeous floral printed stretch cotton. To make it a tad more interesting I changed the neckline to a square in the front and back. The great thing is that for a crop top, you only need 1/2 a meter of fabric.
As it's a summer top I didn't want to add another layer for a lining, so I made some bias binding out of the scraps to finish the armholes and the neckline. That was handstitched into place to give a clean finish on the outside. I gave it a fairly deep hem so it would sit nicely.

And guys, these trousers are seriously awesome. I thought a linen and cotton blend would be a good choice for summer trousers, because it's really very light and airy. We learnt in textiles class that linen is thermo-regulating, meaning that it's good in hot environments. It is more expensive than cotton, but it's more environmentally friendly with little irrigation and energy to process the fibre. Linen is also the strongest of all the vegetable fibres, which in theory increases its lifespan so it doesn't need to be replaced as quickly, This linen is a fantastic shade of loganberry purple and drapes beautifully. I could see light through it when it was on the drying rack, but it seems to be fine when on my body! 
The trousers do obviously crease the minute you step out the door, but I do like the lived in look that linen has. The knees do bag out a bit throughout the day. The trousers themselves were very easy to put together, and were done in no time at all! I used a contrasting invisible zipper in the side seam for fun.  I'm so happy with the finished outfit, and I think the 2 fabrics co-ordinate really well together. I felt very suave swanning around wearing this in Winchester with Grandpa on Wednesday. Both pieces will be great for mixing and matching with other pieces in my wardrobe as well.
Thanks so much for reading, to Minerva Crafts for the fabulous fabrics and to Ed for taking pictures!
Lauren xx

4 comments:

  1. Nice outfit! the top and trousers match perfectly, and look very chic and comfy. I love sewing with linen too, because of its characteristics which you mentioned.

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    1. Thanks! I've been on a mission to find more linen to sew with.

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  2. You look fantastic in this outfit, the croptop really suits you well done. Perfect summer attire.

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    1. Thanks! It's a pity the nice weather has disappeared! I haven't been able to wear it nearly as often as I wanted.

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