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



  1. Love your winter wardrobe, and that top pattern sounds perfect and can understand why you keep going back to it. You had some fun with your back pockets they look amazing. Looking great.



  2. 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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