I'm so excited to be a part of the ITS Time to Sew Blog Tour! For the Blog Tour, I decided to make a new to me pattern and an old favorite. Thanks to Simply by Ti and Sly Fox Fabrics for supplying me with fabric for the tour.
I love doing blog tours. They force me to commit to sew something on a deadline. For some reason, I do better with a looming deadline. I bought the Mountain View Pull-on Jeans when they released it big plans to make a million pairs as they looked just like my beloved Jag Jeans. I live in pull-on pants! But life and other commitments (pattern tests and blog tours) kept me from making a pair. I even bought stretch denim months ago to make some with. So when I signed up for this blog tour - I knew I had to finally make the Mountain View Pull-on Jeans! Nothing like a deadline to make it happen! And I was working on a shorter timeline as I'm on vacation somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico on a cruise to the Panama Canal as you read this! So if you leave me any comments, I won't see them for awhile. Both Patterns I made are on sale today for $8.
I received some fabulous stretch twill from Simply by Ti in Burgundy and Fuchsia. I ran out of time to make a pair of Mountain View Pull-on Jeans with the Fuchsia - Sorry Ti!
These pants fit so great! I made a muslin with some really wild and very retro stretch woven to see if I needed any fit adjustments and there were no adjustments needed! Yay for small miracles! My muslin pair fit great and my husband said he liked them! I plan to go ahead and finish them and wear them - so be on the lookout for them. I did adjust the length to be 29" inseam for a finished inseam of 28".
Now that I made the Mountain View Pull-on Jeans, I'm so mad at myself for not making them sooner! Seriously - they fit great and feel so good on. The front pockets are the perfect size. Big enough to hold stuff, but not so big that they bunch up.
I put the back pockets where the pattern piece had them, but they feel a little low on my behind. I'll try to play with pocket placement on my next pair. My muslin pair was made without pockets and without the faux fly - so I probably should have at least taken the time to play with pocket placement on them. Lesson learned.
This Burgundy stretch twill is just amazing. It's a gorgeous rich color that will be worn so much this fall. The stretch twill has great stretch and recovery. I've made pants with the Simply by Ti Navy and Olive (no longer in stock) stretch twill and they are in constant rotation in my wardrobe. I now need to grab the Cinnamon and Teal colors next! I kept wanting to type "pants" instead of "jeans" every time I types Mountain View Pull-on Jeans because, I intentionally tries to make mine look more like "pants" than "jeans" so that I can wear them to work and not be looked at in a "why are you wearing jeans to work?" way. So no rivets or fun pocket design on my "pants".
I then needed a beautiful new top to wear with my Mountain View Pull-on Jeans. I received the prettiest bamboo spandex from Sly Fox Fabrics. I had good intentions to make another Itch to Stitch pattern that I haven't tried yet, but I was worried about having time to make a muslin and then a final piece for my blog. So I went to one of my favorite Itch to Stitch patterns - the Bellavista. I tested the Bellavista and you can see all the beautiful versions I made HERE.
This fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics is from their Bohemian Soul RVJ line. RVJ stands for Rayon Viscose Jersey. It's so soft and has incredible stretch. The Bellavista is perfect for drapey and stretchy fabric like this.
This print is named Sahara Breeze. It has a beautiful white and soft grey striped background behind a flurry of colorful feathers. The stripes are delicate and not extremely visible in my photos - just as they are in real life.
I make the Bellavista per the pattern - except for the sleeves. I removed 1.5" from the sleeve length for my height, but did not remove length from the body as I like it this length.
One little thing I did do different on this Bellavista was to make it a tiny bit swingy-er. The Bellavista already has a flowy body, but I added a few inches to the swing as I had adequate fabric to do so and figured I'd use as much of my fabric as possible. Cutting the pattern pieces as is wouldn't have left any usable scraps anyways, so I might as well give my top some extra width.
My favorite thing about the Bellavista is the huge cowl! It's perfectly shaped to give that big dramatic drape that I love, yet the neckline is actually higher on my chest and I don't flash anyone when I bend over. The Bellavista does include a neckband if you wanted to make one without the cowl - but I've never done it.
I love my new outfit and can't wait to wear it to work. I know both of these pieces will get a whole lot of wear over the next few months.
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