Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Minerva Blogger Network. How did August come around so fast. It’s like yesterday we were in March. Anyhow, as you can imagine, I am ready to share with you my latest project. After making scrubs like it was no tomorrow during my free time (not that there was much else I could do anyway) I decided to make myself a cute outfit that included a simple little jacket with no fastenings and pyjama style trousers and New Look 6351 fit the bill perfectly. Yes, not very creative.

This project was actually dictated by my choice of fabric. I fell in love with this lovely Ikat cotton canvas (be aware that the wave of this fabric is looser than other canvas fabrics and it frays quite a bit). Knowing that I will not wear trousers in this fabric as there is way too much colour, I went for the safe option and picked a plain blue cotton drill for the trousers and jacket facing. 

I used the pattern instructions to add the inseam pocket. It’s not very often that in seam pockets are square. Also they were inserted into the garment using a technique new to me. Also, as the ikat fabric has a loose weave I stay stitched the one of the princess seam and clipped before adding the other piece and then overlocked the whole lot if t the seam would be exposed in the finished garment.

For the jacket facing I used the same fabric as for the trousers. I did no interface it as, the drill was much heavier than the canvas so I felt there was not point in reinforcing it. I also did so to break a little all that colour and to make the collar pop.

Just for fun I used the ikat fabric for the pockets in the trousers, even though the fabric was not particularly appropriate for pockets. You can just barely see it peak on the side in the picture below.

Out of laziness, I chose not to use elastic on my trousers waistband and only rely on the drawstring (cotton tape I had in my stash approx 1 m) to make them fit around my waist. However, I am not sure I am linking the look of it. If I make these trousers again, I will use elastic in the waistband and skip the drawstring completely.

When I started this project, I imagined that the outfit will be more casual than it ended up being. Maybe because the cotton drill fabric that I used is a bit stiff. I am not sure. But I think I might get away with wearing this outfit in the office.

Forgot to mention that I hand stitched all the hems by hand because I did not want the thread to show on the colour blocks. For the facing to keep it closed and hide the raw edges, I stitched it closed by stitching within the seam allowance. That way there are no visible stitches on the right side of the garment.

Normally, I would wear this outfit with a black top, but for the purpose of showcasing the jacket for you, I opted for a white Tee.

With careful placing I managed to save enough fabric to make another jacket for my mum , but in her jacket I used the ikat fabric as an accent as a birthday present.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:  New Look 6351 - Misses' separates pattern includes 3/4 sleeve knit V-neck top, un lined jacket, and pull-on pants and skirt with drawstring waist. I made views B (trousers) and D (jacket).

Sizing:  A (all sizes included in one envelope) – 10-22 UK/US or 36-48 European

Fabric: 1.5 m Ikat cotton canvas and 2 m of black cotton drill

Notions:  hook and eye for the jacket, 1 m of twill tape as a drawstring

Modifications: I cut size 14. On the jacket I did a 1.5 cm sway back adjustment to account for my short back.  I left the sleeves as they were on the original pattern so on me they look longer, but I did shorten the sleeve cap by 1.5 cm. As I am only 1.57 m (5ft2) I shortened the trousers by 5 cm as well. I did not use elastic in my trousers not did I add the back patch pockets. I used cotton tape rather than making my own drawstring as the instructions require.

Instructions:  The instructions seem easy to follow and the diagrams help to understand how everything goes together. I did not follow them apart from the section giving details of how the inseam pocket is inserted in to the trousers.

Fit:  I found the fit ok. Maybe a little too much ease in the

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  Yes, although the sleeves are longer on me that on the model.

Watch out for:   n/a

Make Again?:   Yes, but for the waists on the trousers I will use elastic rather than a drawstring. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick