Casual Summer Separates

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

Phew! Is it just me, or has July really flown by in a steamy wave of hot, sticky, summer days? Seriously, where did this month go?! Honestly, I can’t complain, I spent a whole week of this month vacationing with my family in Disney World – Mom, Dad, sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and six nieces and nephews all under the age of 8!!! It was the absolute best kind of chaos imaginable. Of course, me being me, I decided I had nothing to wear for said vacation and that I needed a whole new summer wardrobe a smooth 5 days out from my flight. And now I get to share some of those makes here on the Mood Sewing Network!

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

I had a few requirements for my last-minute mini vacation wardrobe – it had to be comfortable, it had to be cool (temperature-wise, though I wouldn’t turn my nose up at attitude-wise either) it either had to be an uncomplicated pattern, or a TNT pattern, and I had to be able to ride dem rides in it! This meant that I wasn’t making the most exciting of clothes, but, man, are they ever getting a lot of wear!

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates
Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

First up was another Grainline Studio Penny Raglan.  If you’ve seen me in the last three weeks, I’ve probably been wearing one of these tees! I am the proud owner of four already, and I just plan on adding more! They are truly my perfect casual top, plus they are dead easy to bang out factory style.  The version pictured here is made in some lovely, drapey Heathered Gray Stretch Viscose Jersey.  This fabric makes such a lovely casual top. It’s more opaque than tissue-weight jersey, but still has the same weightless, fluid feel.  It was the perfect pairing for the Penny Raglan.

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates
Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

I had been wanting a loose, casual woven pant to wear on those days when I not-so-secretly resent having to put on clothes (which is, like, everyday).  I’ve seen so many cute styles on blogs and social media, but for some reason I just couldn’t quite commit to a pattern or fabric.  Then one day, I don’t know what happened, but it was like something finally clunked into place inside my brain and I realized I already had the pattern and fabric sitting at home.  With a few minor adjustments to the shape of the leg, the True Bias Hudson Pants made the perfect casual pant I was looking for.  The true icing on the cake was this Rag & Bone Off-White/Black Striped Cotton Woven from Mood online.  This is essentially a double gauze fabric, and if you’ve never worked with double gauze what are you waiting for?! It’s so stupidly soft. If I look a bit rumpled in these photos it’s because I’ve worn and washed these pants several times since making them, they are just that good.

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates
Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

True story: I actually bought a few yards of this fabric months ago, and then just last month, while perusing the Mood Fabrics site again, I saw it, forgot that I had already bought the same fabric, and bought some more. And I don’t regret it. You can really never have enough of such a great fabric.  To add visual interest to these pants I cut the pocket bands on the bias, and the waistband, and back pocket on the cross-grain to break up the vertical stripe.  The back pocket I actually added on whim, as it’s not an actual feature of the Hudson Pants, but I wanted something to break up the back view.

Mood Fabrics Summer Casual Separates

I usually have a strict “no pants” rule between the months of June through September, but these pants are so light and airy that they’ve been getting a lot of wear during these steamy days.

What have you guys been wearing to keep yourselves comfortable and cool this summer?

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  • Fiona
    July 29, 2016

    O you look so chic, I can never pull off chic like that in the high heat! You can’t beat a bit of Rag and Bone and you’ve absolutely made the most out of that piece of cotton!

  • Angie
    July 30, 2016

    beautiful pattern/ fabric combo! Love your tweaks and touches also. great summer outfit!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    July 30, 2016

    Great makes for hot sticky weather. I especially love those pants!

  • PsychicKathleen
    July 30, 2016

    You look so trendy in all me-mades! Love it. Nice pants for this hot weather for sure – I’ve never sewn double gauze but everyone is saying how lovely it is to wear I’ll just have to give it a go. I’ve been making blouses – much to my surprise when I realized I didn’t own ONE SINGLE BLOUSE! That’s just silly. So I’m on my second in raw silk that’s coming up lovely. Drapey and comfortable. I discovered this wonderful co in the UK (I have no attachment to this company just to be clear) called ’til the sun goes down – she has 4 vintage inspired patterns that I just love 🙂 I’ve finished her Amelie finally now onward to the second blouse.

  • Ardy
    August 2, 2016

    Just the pants and fabric that I’ve been looking for!! What minor adjustments did you make to the leg? Omit band and ? lengthen? Did you make any change to the shape of the lower leg? The outfit looks great on you!

    • Sallie
      August 3, 2016

      Hey Ardy! I omitted the ankle band, but didn’t lengthen the pants, as I wanted them cropped. I added width to the leg, starting at the mid thigh and widening to 5/8″ at the ankle, both on the inseam and the side seam, back and front. So in total I added 2 1/2″ circumference at the ankle per leg. Hope that makes sense! I should also add that the size I cut was actually one size bigger than what I would cut if I were making it in a stretch fabric. I wanted the pants to be loose-er through the hips and seat, but not baggy. And I obviously wanted to make sure I had enough room to bend my knees!

  • Ardy
    August 4, 2016

    Callie Thank you soo much! That was very helpful and clear-I’m placing an order now . Thank you again!

  • Ardy
    August 4, 2016

    So Sorry for misspelling your name!