Sewing

Jarrah, Hudson, and Max with June & Lu

Hi friends! I mentioned in this post that I am an ambassador for June & Lu fabrics this year. I absolutely love the set I made for my first post (although I’ve gotten more use from the sweatshirt since it’s only just gotten to be shorts weather this week! Hooray!) and I was really happy to get to sew with more of the lovely fabric that June & Lu stocks.

French Terry is one of my favorite fabrics to wear and sew with so I chose 3 yards of See You At Six French Terry in the color Stormy Weather Blue and 1/2 yard of the matching rib knit. (I was given the fabric in exchange for posting about it.) The shop also stocks other types of fabric, like corduroy, rayon, cotton canvas, jersey knit, and linen. I just can’t resist the call of the French Terry, especially when there is rib-knit available that matches perfectly! (I struggled to decide between the fabric I eventually chose and this adorable wellington boots print. I really want to get some of that fabric eventually!)

The first thing I made was a Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweatshirt. This is one of my absolute favorite patterns and I’ve made it so many times I’ve lost count. However, I’ve only made this view with the tie once before and I used jersey to make it a t-shirt. I love it so much in the french terry– it feels a little bit like a fancy sweatshirt! This fabric is a great medium weight. It’s not too heavy but it keeps me just the right amount of warm when the weather is cold.

The dusty blue-gray is a gorgeous color and I thought it looked so cute with my pink Dawn jeans but it will also look great with these matching Hudson pants for a two-piece setacular!!

The True Bias Hudson pants is another of my tried and true patterns! Every couple of years I have to make myself a new pair in navy and black because I wear mine so much that they need to be replaced. This is the first time that I’ve made them in a blue that isn’t navy and I’m so excited about them!

This is also the first time I’ve made them using rib knit for the cuffs, waistband, and pocket detail. I think they look so professional with the rib details.

I think these could absolutely pass for store-bought and the fabric quality is probably better than what I would buy from a store… I haven’t shopped for myself at a store for years, though! I would much rather sew myself awesome joggers that fit just right. And after sewing 15+ pairs of Hudsons for myself and my kids I can easily whip these up in a couple of hours!

After I finished my Hudson pants I had some larger scraps that I certainly did not want to go to waste. So I brainstormed what I could make from them and came up with the new Max tee from Chalk & Notch patterns. This pattern, in the cropped view, doesn’t require a whole lot of fabric. I had to piece the back because I didn’t have two scraps large enough for a front and back bodice, but I love that extra detail!

This boxy, muscle tee is just what I didn’t know my wardrobe has been missing. It pairs beautifully with flowy pants, shorts, jeans, and matching Hudson pants! Even in a fabric that is typically used for a sweatshirt, it looks so great with a skirt!

I made one fitting change to the Max tee and that was to do a petite adjustment to raise the armholes by 3/8″. My first Max tee was a little too low for me under the arms and too much of my bra band shows if I lift my arms. (It’s designed to have a dropped armhole but I must be short from the top of my shoulder to my underarm. I often have to adjust patterns to bring up armholes.)

The fabric has enough body to really show off the design lines of the tee. I did add the optional fusible interfacing to the sleeve facings to give them a little bit more structure. I’m so happy that I was able to squeeze this tee out of my leftover fabric. I think it’s going to be super versatile in my wardrobe!

Be sure to check out June & Lu if you’re in the market for some French Terry or may other lovely fabrics! Thank you to June & Lu for providing the fabric I used for this post!

~Teri

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