Print Mixing Top and Track Pants

Mood Fabrics' jersey knits for a print mixing top

During my day, I love to head over to Mood Fabrics’ online store and check out the what’s new section, which is updated quite frequently. It is such a nice break in my day and I can contemplate all the fabrics and what they might become. After I browse for a day or two, it is time to shop!  I tend to shop two different ways when looking at all the fabric goodness at Mood Fabrics.  My first way is with a specific garment in mind, which in this case led to these two fabrics in my cart, the first this Mood Fabrics’  Pucci-esque Bold Border Print Poly Jersey

 

and this Mood Fabrics’ Black and Ivory Striped Jersey

 

My plan was to use the stripe for the sleeves and the print for the body of the shirt, something I had seen online.  I didn’t want a close -fitting shirt, so I went with Scout Woven t-shirt, cutting it just a bit smaller for the knit.

Mood Fabrics' jersey knit top mixing two fabrics to create a fashion forward top

 

Shopping perfection for this top, the plan came together just as I had hoped and the fabrics matched perfectly.  It was kismet!  I did lay out the front and back pattern piece on the print knit to take advantage of the knit’s slight curved print.

Now my second way of shopping is just to browse the previously mentioned what’s new section and to also look at other Mood Sewing Network Bloggers’ posts and Mood Designer Fabrics’ Blog – Mood Sewciety.  I find this such a great way to see new to me fabric and fabric types, see how the fabric drapes and looks in a garment, and above all just to broaden my horizons and use fabric I might not sew.  This Mood Fabrics’ Italian Ivory Lightweight Suiting is one I was introduced to from Mood Sewciety blog

and it has been used in the black and red colorway.  Also, everything I have purchased with the word Italian in the description has been INCREDIBLE!  I ordered this with no pattern in mind.  After I felt the fabric and saw how it perfectly matched my jersey from above, I selected Vogue 8909, an elastic waist and elastic cuff track type pant.

Mood fabrics' knit fabrics in a mixed print top and suiting for track pants

 

The fabric worked perfectly for this pant and I am so pleased how the pants turned out.  I might be a year behind making these pants and while I was constructing them I was thinking,” are these going to look good on me?”  Well, I think they do and I just love them so.  Comfortable and stylish and that fabric was a dream to sew and the feel, love it.

Mood Fabrics' knits for a print miixed top and Italian suiting for fashion forward elastic cuff pants

 

While I really like these two garments together, I thought a better or different look might be a more fitted shirt with the looser pants, which was highly encouraged by a fashionista who is home on weekends at my house!

Mood Fabric's Italian suiting used in chic track pants

 

This lets you see the details of the pants… a faux front fly, two rows of elastic at the waist, a drawstring, three rows at the cuffs.  I used a tricot knit for the pocket linings, for two reasons, it did not show through and I liked the weight of the knit with the weight of this Italian suiting.  I did add 1″ to the length of these pants and in the pictures, I might have them pulled up a bit too much.

 

Mood Fabrics' Italian suiting in ivory sewn for chic track pants

 

The pattern even has a back yoke piece, and in this picture you can see a hint of the tricot lining (which normally doesn’t show but my hands are pushing the fabric forward).  I did use a piece of ribbon from my stash as instructed by Vogue for the middle section of the waistband.  I do like the ribbon but if that isn’t a look for you, then just forgo the buttonholes and insert elastic into that row too.  One thing I do like to do on elastic waist garments, which I learned many years ago, in a sewing for kids class, is to edge stitch at the very top of the waistband.  It really finishes off that edge and looks good on the waistband.

I think I like both styles of shirts with my new pant and I am sure there are many other options in my closet

 

Mood Fabrics' two tops

 

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    April 7, 2014

    that print matching is the BOMB, lori! and i love the slouchy chic feel of the pants, especially at the cuffs. your closet must be feeling pretty awesome these days.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Oona, my closet is feeling awesome! I am really loving what I have made recently, thanks so much.

  • Beth Conkwright
    April 7, 2014

    Looks awesome. Looks so nice but comfortable. Perfect.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thank you Beth, I really like this outfit. The fabrics all feel so good and they are the perfect weight/drape for garments

  • Amanda S.
    April 7, 2014

    Okay, I’ve never loved the whole track pant trend. I saw the rear view of that Vogue pattern and thought “Um, no.” But darn if those aren’t chic and flattering on you! I think the proportion is what works with yours. Somehow they are cropped even though you added length to them. Or maybe it’s the wedges. Either way, I’ve suddenly got to have some track pants!

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      I am with you, Amanda, just wasn’t sure about the look but I love, love it. Finding the perfect fabric for these pants makes a huge difference.

  • Ginger
    April 7, 2014

    What a fun outfit! You’re really using these trends to your advantage!

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Ginger, I am sure trying to be trendy and with-it! Thanks so much, I really have loved what I have been sewing lately.

  • Sallie
    April 7, 2014

    Both looks are such a great casual look on you, Lori!! I especially love your print pairing on that tee! What a great idea!! And Italian suiting track pants sound super luxe!

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thank you Sallie, I just love my top, too. I know I keep saying that but it is fine! 🙂

  • carolyn roemer
    April 7, 2014

    Love the outfit. I have a print that needs sleeves. you give me courage to use a stripe. It looks very nice with your print.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Carolyn, the stripe is such a nice accent to the print. Have fun making your top.

  • Melody
    April 7, 2014

    Positively perfect stripe and print mix on your tee! Do those pants ever look so comfy and chic.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Melody, the pants are the best and will be perfect now and during the hot summer months.

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 7, 2014

    I love them all after getting stuck on the print top for a while! GREAT fabric combo, Lori!

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, I was hooked the minute I saw the top online. It is a fun outfit.

  • gMarie
    April 7, 2014

    This is an amazing outfit! I adore the print matching – fabulous! g

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks so much, gMarie, the top was fun and easy to make.

  • Janelle
    April 8, 2014

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the top! The Pucci type print is fabulous. Love the fact that you used the Scout pattern for knits instead of wovens.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Janelle, the Scout had just the look I wanted for this top and it worked perfectly.

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    April 8, 2014

    Ok…I’m really curious about the sandals. What brand? Is that back strap pushed down or does the sandal come that way?

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, they are Lucky brand, I bought them last year from Dillard’s I believe. The strap is fastened down like that.

  • Peter
    April 8, 2014

    What a great outift, Lori! I really love the pattern mixing in that top — so crisp looking and fresh. Striped sleeves for spring!
    Great track pants too.

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Peter, the stripes are fun and the track pants are super-fun, I just can’t believe how much I like them.

  • Diana
    April 8, 2014

    I love mixing prints and your top is fabulous!!

    • Lori
      April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Diana, I really like this one.

  • Velosewer
    April 9, 2014

    Love your work Lori. You do pick great prints.

    • Lori
      April 11, 2014

      Thank you so much, I am partial to prints! 🙂

  • Cennetta
    April 10, 2014

    Hi Lori,
    I too like your comfy chic outfit. It looks great on you. I’m always impressed when a fellow sewist achieves mixing different prints in one garment or outfit. My shopping experience is somewhat similar to yours. Sometimes others inspire me to try a particular fabric and other times I look through the new arrivals hoping that something will speak to me.

    • Lori
      April 11, 2014

      Thank you, Cenetta, I really love my top. I am always stalking the what’s new!

  • Melody
    April 11, 2014

    Love how you mixed the print with the stripes. Looks comfortable and perfect fit.

    • Lori
      April 12, 2014

      Thank you, Melody, I am so happy I found the inspiration shirt, but I do like mine so much better!

  • Elizabeth
    April 11, 2014

    Love the whole outfit, but especially mixed prints top.

    • Lori
      April 12, 2014

      Thank you, Elizabeth, the top is my favorite, too but I love the pants so much and it is all due to the perfect fabric.