Winter wardrobe sewing catch-up: Basic Knit tops and not-so basic jeans

At the top of my list for winter sewing was some plain knit tops, especially cream and black, that  can wear under jackets.  Next in line was a pair of black jeans.

For the tops, I went the top from McCalls M5890 (now OOP).  I’d this so many times that I had to re-trace the pattern because the original was falling apart.  The main reason that I keep going back to this pattern is because of the princess seams.  I use a binding of the neckline and armholes rather than the turned & stitched edges suggested.   I keep meaning to graft in a V neck..  I’ll get there … gunnawundae!

Anyway here they are.  The black is a lightweight silk jersey  while the bone and dark red tops are mid-weight viscose.  Nothing really exciting but they work well with other items in my closet – especially the dark red one with the Tosti jacket.

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The fabric for the jeans is a heavyweight non-stretch black denim.  Unfortunately it is still loosing dye and has a bit of a marbled look2013_12_10 to it at the moment.  Another couple of washes and it will be OK.  I tend not to wash denim before I sew.  Many people will disagree with this.  But I find that most denim tends to give a little with wear and I end up with a better fit.  My favourite jeans block started from a boyfriend jeans pattern from Knipmode, but has had a lot of mods to get a semi-relaxed fit that I like.  It is perfect for non-stretch fabrics.

For these jeans I modified the pattern to get the same seam details as the pattern shown; designed for stretch fabrics & with a skinny fit.  I made the bottom cuff about 6cm high.  The side front panel starts midway along the pocket opening, a little wider at the hip and then a fixed with through to the hem.

The waistband, pocket bags and cuffs are lined with a quilting cotton.  I also lined the back pockets for a bit of an indulgence.  Nobody would no, but it does feel nice when I put my hand into the pocket. click image to enlarge



3 thoughts on “Winter wardrobe sewing catch-up: Basic Knit tops and not-so basic jeans

  1. Great staples. I have that McCalls wardrobe pattern. I must get it out and check out the top options again. Love the stitching on your jeans pockets too.


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