September 22, 2015


If only it were fall in Los Angeles - it was in the 90s and 100s this weekend, but I'm pressing onward with my fall wardrobe!

While this may not be the most exciting combination ever, these jeans and sweatshirt will be getting major rotation in my wardrobe when the temps cool down. Mixing and matching basics like these is the MO of cooler weather dressing, and I'm excited to add two new pieces to my closet.

And because there is nothing quite groundbreaking here, there are little details that make both of these items a little special and different from my other versions of the same pattern.

Pattern: Grainline Linden Sweatshirt
Size: 10 (bust), 8 (waist), 12 (hips)
Modifications: Split hem bands!
Fabric: French terry (now sold out) from Girl Charlee

As seen previously in my Fall + Winter Wardrobe Plan, first up is a new Linden sweatshirt. This is my favorite, read: only, sweatshirt pattern and this is approximately the 7th or 8th time I've made it. I found this knit on Girl Charlee a few months ago, and snapped it up immediately. French terry makes for easy wearing in LA's warm to cool seasonal temps - it's warm, but not too warm. I think it will also layer really well with button up shirts.
In order to make a basic sweatshirt a bit more fancy, I decided to go with a split hem, following Jen's tutorial. I also went with actual rib knit for the cuffs and bands due to the low stretch of the terry - and luckily Joann had a perfect match.

Pattern: Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans
Size: 10, View B (high rise)
Modifications: Added 1/4" at the top of each leg piece, grading to nothing below the pocket. This added about 1" and helps my waistband lay flatter.
Fabric: Cone Mills Denim in black

A girl can never have too many jeans, and this happens to be my 5th pair of Ginger Jeans. A few months ago, Heather very kindly sent me some extra black Cone Mills denim she had purchased from Closet Case Files, after it had sold out. The denim is, of course, really nice, and it's almost more of a dark charcoal gray than a true black. That's just fine for me because I think I'll be making some true black pants in ponte knit this winter (ahhh elastic waists...).

Because of the black denim, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the topstitching - I was waffling between very visible topstitching and subtle topstitching. Gold struck me as too bright, black seemed too bland - so (for some reason) I decided to go with purple! The inside of the pants is a full on purple party too - serging and pockets. I think the purple blends in pretty well below the hip (it's only on the center leg seam). Above the hip there's definitely a lot more color, but most of my shirts cover the fly and most of the pockets - so it wasn't too crazy of a choice. I also have some pink topstitching thread that I'd love to use some day. :D

And that's all, folks! Two very basic, very key pieces in my fall/winter wardrobe are finished!

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