Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you had a nice break and some good family time. Our holidays involved travelling, some couch time and lots of family time. I completely unplugged and took a long break from social media and a break from sewing. I have been trying to catch up with my blog reading and instagram drooling over all the fabulous and inspiring makes everyone has been pumping out.
I also have a few blog posts in the queue that I need to get out there, so I may just pump them out in the next couple weeks. I took the photos a few weeks ago and even wrote up the posts, but didn’t think to schedule them… oops! Take this post for example, the photos were taken almost a month ago. My hair has gone fully blond now, so I’d better get this out here before I start confusing everyone with my extreme hair changes. So, let’s jump right in. When City Break capsule wardrobe pattern collection by Sew Over It came out I bought it without giving it a second thought. I am still yet to make a few other items from the collection, but I knew that Molly Top would be my priority. It just seems like such a perfect layering top to have in your closet. It can be made out of jersey knit or heavier sweater knit. Also, it can be lengthened into a dress. It’s a very versatile pattern.
This was my first time sewing with Sew Over It patterns and I quite enjoyed it! The top was very easy to put together. I love sewing sweaters and knit tops as they come together in an hour and if I am organized enough I can whip out a whole bunch of new tops in one night if they all need thread of the same or similar color. It’s amazing.
The fabric for the top came from Style Maker Fabrics. It is a very pretty, thin pointelle knit in a soft cream color. Right up my alley! Unfortunately they don’t have this fabric anymore, but they carry a nice selection of sweater knits. I have not been disappointed by any fabrics I bought there! Although being from Canada, the exchange rate and delivery charges can be a huge bummer. So I only spoil myself occasionally.
I have changed the hem of the top to more of a straight hem. The pattern has a shirttail hem and I just don’t like it as much on myself. It was a very easy change though.
These jeans have been around for a while. They are Morgan’s by Closet Case Patterns and I made them back in the summer. They intended to be a bleaching experiment. Because of that I used a very cheap denim I found on sale at FabricLand. I did not expect the experiment to workout so well! The jeans bleached very evenly and came out looking great.
For anyone who wants to try bleaching, here is what I did:
- I prepped my bath tub. I figured I want my jeans lying in water as flat as possible to make sure they bleach evenly. Using a bathtub also carries a benefit of cleaning it at the same time, as bleach/water solution sits in it for a few hours. Win, win if you ask me.
- I used a measuring bucket to fill the bathtub with warm water and bleach. I used a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part bleach. I believe I ended up using 4L of water and 1L of bleach. Mix it and stir it really well!
- I read somewhere after I’ve done it that it is better to wet the denim before bleaching it, so I will do it next time. But I just lowered my jeans into the water and made sure they were all equally wet, there were no air bubbles and everything was covered with the bleaching solution.
- I had a timer going off every 45 min or so and I would go and check on my jeans. I used a long stick I found around the house and I would stir the jeans around, flip them over and poke them everywhere. I wanted the bleaching to be even!
- When I thought the jeans reached the color I wanted them to be, I drained the tub and put the jeans into a washing machine. My jeans were in the tub for almost 5 hours. I washed them alone and added bleach to the wash to even out anything that was left.
- Dry and wear them!
It is a pretty easy process, just a bit time consuming. I recommend doing it on a day when you are around the house and can check on jeans regularly and move them around. You can also increase the ratio of bleach to water, and then it should take so long. But in this case I would also check the jeans more often, just to make sure they are bleaching evenly. I just wanted to play it on the safe side.
I thought my best case scenario would be that I end up with a pair of jeans to wear around the house. And that’s what I did at first, but as the denim started to wear in and soften even more I simply fell in love with the jeans. They fit me well and they are the perfect color that I want. So the jeans have been successfully upgraded into a real world wear. I can only imagine that they will get better with wear and may be even some tear.
I have made a few Morgans already and it is a great pattern with amazing instructions. I can not recommend it enough. Heather makes jean making so fun and so doable. I have a bit more denim in my stash and I definitely have more Morgans in my future. I just need to decide if I am going to beach them or not!
What is your take on bleaching jeans?
Until next time,