Linen Chambray Denim Ready To Sew Jumpy Shorts
Posted in Projects on Friday the 14th June 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
If you ask modern garment sewists what are their favorite fabric terms, I’m guessing these words might come up a lot: linen, denim, chambray and indigo. I certainly love all these dearly, both to sew and to wear. But have you ever met all these four words in the same fabric?! So imagine my excitement when Minerva offered me the opportunity to review this rare Indigo 100% Linen Chambray Denim by Robert Kaufman
Let me tell you - this stuff is made of sewists’ dreams. I imagined how it would look and feel before I received it but the real thing turned out so much more! First of all, it’s the perfect medium shade of yarn dyed indigo - imagine the colour as a pair of well loved luxury dark wash jeans. Being 100% linen, it's also got this very subtle sheen that only linen has which really accentuates the indigo colour. As linens go, I'd say it's a mid weight - drapey enough for tops and dress, and supple enough for skirts and trousers. I especially love the crisp hand of the linen combined with the slightly bouncy drape - once you feel it in you hands you simply want to live in it!
And I really mean to live it all all summer by making this gem of a fabric into the most amazing shorts. As much as I love dresses and skirts, life with little ones involves a lot of moving around so tee+shorts are my summer uniform at the moment. You can never go wrong with a good pair of jeans shorts but sometimes the cotton denim ones can get a bit stuffy on a warm day. What can be better than having the dark wash denim look plus the breathy coolness of linen?
I took my time going through pattern options for just the right choice. I wanted something with a relaxed resort feel but still somewhat fitted. The Jumpy Ready to Sew pattern
"Jumps" to my mind! Living up to the Ready to Sew
design aesthetics, it is a truly unique design inspired by sarong pants that wrap and tie in the front. The ties are designed in a way that once they are done up, they cinch in the waist area comfortably. There are no zips, buttons or elastics - which means the construction is a breeze as well as the wearing! I've never seen anything similar in either sewing patterns or ready to wear. Simply genius!
Jumpy comes in both trousers and shorts length, both with a modern and relaxed fit. I made the shorts version for the hot summers here in North America but will definitely try the trousers version next. I size down one size from my body measurements for a slimmer fit and love how it wears with just the right amount of ease on my petite frame. Oh and did I mention Jumpy comes with lovely deep slash pockets? I don't know about you but that's a must for me! Another fun detail of Jumpy is that the shorts version have a wide hem which can be worn either rolled up or down. I usually prefer it rolled up but here's the down look:
The focal point of Jumpy is definitely the bow in the front. To accentuate it I have used a lovely indigo print Cotton Lawn from Art Gallery
on one side of ties and love how the lighter shades peak out of the bow for some contrast. The ties also provide some flexibility in the fit so you can wear it either mid or low waisted depending on your outfit. Here's my jumpy styled with a Victory Patterns Roxanne blouse
made in the same Art Gallery voile, worn with the front half-tucked in:
Sewing with linen denim fabric was a treat in itself. Crisp and stable, it presses beautifully and really gives your garment a polished look. In the past I've had some linen garments that felt a bit scratchy until they softened up in the wash. Well, the Robert Kaufman Linen Denim has kind of "up-ed" my linen game now - it is utterly soft and smooth on the skin. I pre-washed it on a regular cycle and it came out with the unique linen look with a slightly crinkled texture. I did iron it before cutting so I could get an accurate sew but I don't think I would iron it after every wash because that's really the charm of linen!
I absolutely adore my linen denim Jumpy! I love how it adds a fun flair to my tshirts and also goes with the more feminine blouses so well. Thank you Minerva for this truly special fabric and I might just live in these dream shorts all summer long ;-)
Until next time,