Tigerlily Orange Top & Burnished Gold Jeans
I’m not terribly proud to admit this, but there is quite a bit of inspiration that comes by way of my boss’ closet. Before that sounds too weird, let me backtrack – I work as a Personal Assistant, and part of my job is handling the laundry (no groans here – I actually really love doing laundry. Seriously!). My employer is pretty fashionable, and LOVES shopping, so there are constantly new pieces going in the closet and getting subsequently filed away in my mental inspiration folder. Such is the case with this outfit – light colored jeans and a coral button up. The minute I saw this color combination, I couldn’t wait to get home to look for similar fabrics on the Mood Fabrics website.
I took a few liberties between the original outfit inspiration and my finished pieces. For one, the original outfit was white jeans, which I totally talked myself into needing. Never mind that I don’t do so well with white (like a lot of people, I’m a stain magnet). Fortunately, for my personal laundry sanity, I couldn’t find white denim on moodfabrics.com. I did, however, find this amazing burnished gold stretch denim, which is basically 1000x better/more wearable (and also, unfortunately sold out now. Sorry!). It has a slight sheen and the tiniest hint of sparkle, and the color is something between a gold and a khaki. Super pretty!
My top also took a small detour from the original. While the original had sleeves and a lace insert at the back yoke, I kept mine very simple with matching topstitchg and omitted the sleeves (as well as the lace detail). The color is the same as the inspiration, however. Actually, I think the fabric is quite a bit nicer, so there’s that!
The top was made using Butterick 5526 and this lusciously soft Theory tigerlily orange cotton voile. I cannot even stress how much I LOVE this fabric – it’s buttery soft, lightweight, and drapes like a dream. It’s a bit on the sheer side, but not so badly that I need a lining (I’m wearing a nude bra under this top and that’s coverage enough). The weave is a subtle twill chambray, with both white and pink threads, which gives the fabric a beautiful sheen. It wasn’t terribly tricky the work with, although it was very shifty during cutting. It does press like a dream, which is ideal for a tailored shirt with lots of pressed details.
I’ve made this pattern so much, my machines could probably whip one up on their own at this point, so not much to report on that end. I used flat-felled seams to finish the shirt (it does fray a lot, and French seams just didn’t look right on the fabric, as per my test swatch). I changed up the pockets to be a bit smaller, because the bigger ones were overwhelming my frame, and I left the sleeves off and finished the arm holes with self bias facing. The hem was shortened about 2″ and also finished with bias facing (I find this a much neater finish on such a curved hem, and it’s easier to sew!). Buttons are from my stash, just your standard 1/2″ white pearl shirt buttons. Oh! And I got my awesome thread match from- where else? – Mood Fabrics. At the bottom of every product, there’s a section for related products, including matching thread and zippers. I was curious to see how well the thread actually matched, so I tried it with both these fabrics. It’s pretty spot-on! And totally saved me a trip to my fabric store, ha!
Now for the gold jeans! I used the Closet Case Files Ginger pattern and that amazing burnished gold stretch denim. The wrong side of this denim is white with a very subtle gold fleck, and I was tempted to use that as the right side. I debated for a few days, but ultimately settled on the gold side because I was concerned that the gold fleck in the white would just make the jeans look dirty. I feel good about my decision; like I said, gold jeans have a better fit in my closet than white jeans do
Speaking of this denim, it was very easy to work with. A nice mid-weight denim that’s easy to sew and press. I will mention that there isn’t quite as much stretch in the weft as other denims I’ve used for this pattern, so my jeans are a bit tight (fingers crossed that they relax a little more!), especially in the calves. I narrowed down my seam allowances to 3/8″ and that helped a lot. I also left the interfacing out of the waistband. Like with the top, my seams are all flat-felled and topstitched, except at the side seams. Since I couldn’t find a good denim topstitching thread match, I went with this beige Gutterman thread (again, recommended by Mood Fabrics during my order, ha) and just used a triple stitch to get a good definition. Triple stitch is awesome, but make sure you are SURE you want those stitches there! They are a pain to unpick. Woof.
Oh, and my jeans button is from the Garment District! I always pick up fistfuls of those things when I visit. I wanted to add grommets as well, but I didn’t have any that worked with the gold denim. Oh well! We’ll call these “sleek” haha.
Of course, now it’s probably too hot to even wear these jeans for the next few months, but I will remain hopeful! May is a weird month here; the temperature might randomly dip down for one day. At any rate, this shirt will definitely come in handy during the heat of the summer when I want to feel like I’m only wearing air!