Butterick 6331 and Simplicity 2446: DIY Floral Twill Trouser Suit made using Spoonflower Fabric

DSC_7394

Butterick 6331 trouser and Simplicity 2446 blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Worn with white cotton Grainline Archer.

Hi Friends,

No, I am not entering a Chris Evans look-alike contest (British reference there). Today’s post features fabric kindly sent to me by Spoonflower. I am sure many of you have already heard of the eco-friendly custom printing firm. About 1.5 years ago they opened a second factory in Berlin, and to celebrate they asked a few British bloggers to be part of a Blog Tour, and make items using Spoonflower fabric. You can see the list of bloggers here on the Spoonflower Blog. The fabric I have used in this post was sent to me for no charge by Spoonflower, but all opinions are my own.

DSC_7398

Butterick 6331 trouser and Simplicity 2446 blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower.

I have never ordered fabric from Spoonflower before. The choice of already uploaded designs on the Spoonflower website is vast (of course the option is also there to upload your own design), and somewhat overwhelming. I searched using key words of prints I have a passion for (like dark florals), and elected to go for Jungle Passion Floral Navy by Joan McLemore, printed on to the lightweight cotton twill (58″ width).

Because of my own indecision, Spoonflower ended up sending me this fabric in two separate lengths but I was not able to detect any differences in the colours between the two lengths. I think the colours are a pretty good match to what was shown on screen when I was making my selection. I also liked the fact that, at least for the design I selected, previews were provided of the fabric made up into a cushion and a dress, so I could guage the scale of the print.

I did run the fabrics through a hot (60 degree) pre-wash before cutting out and did not notice any running, bleeding or fading. This particular fabric was easy to cut, sew and press. It’s a good weight without being too heavy and bulky. Full disclosure: will I ever wear these two pieces together? Probably not, but as separates in my wardrobe I love them and how individual and quirky they are. I already have lots of things which these items will go with.

DSC_7406

Butterick 6331 trouser and Simplicity 2446 blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower.

DSC_7415

Butterick 6331 trouser and Simplicity 2446 blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower.

Some details:

The trousers were made using Butterick 6331. This is actually my third iteration of these pants (I haven’t shown you version two yet), but you can see my first version here. For this version I took on board what some of you said in the comments and scooped out the back crotch by 0.25 inches and added 0.5 inches to the upper back thigh. I know it’s hard to see in this busy print but overall I think it’s better. Other changes for this version:

  • I fully interfaced the waistband.
  • I had to let the side seams out a touch from the waist down to the bottom of the pockets.
  • I hemmed the bottoms by hand.
  • These are trousers but with some jeans details like additional topstitching, jeans button and bar tacks.
DSC_7572

Butterick 6331 Floral Twill Trousers – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Topstitching detail.

DSC_7573

Butterick 6331 Floral Twill Trousers – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Inside view of waistband and (modified) fly facing.

The blazer was made using Simplicity 2446, which I first made in wool ponte. I do love my first version, and since going back to work, have worn it a few times. But the shoulders are too big (although I did go back and alter them to be smaller). So for this version I made sure to do a small shoulder adjustment.

  • I did a 5/8ths inch small shoulder adjustment.
  • I shaved 0.25 inches off all the shoulder princess seams above the bust.
  • I added a centre back seam for shaping.
  • I shortened the pocket bag length by 1.5 inches.
  • I added small ready made shoulder pads but omitted sleeve heads and chest reinforcement.
  • You can see a picture of the internal interfacing here on Instagram if you want.

My previous two blazers have taken me approx. 3 weeks each to make: I slaved over this blazer to get it done in a week! Gosh it was tough but overall I am pretty happy with the finished result.

DSC_7555

Simplicity 2446 Floral Twill Blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower.

DSC_7557

Simplicity 2446 Floral Twill Blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Front lapel detail.

DSC_7558

Simplicity 2446 Floral Twill Blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Welt pocket with flap detail.

DSC_7560

Simplicity 2446 Floral Twill Blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Welt pocket detail.

DSC_7564

Simplicity 2446 Floral Twill Blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower. Sleeve vent detail.

Like I say, being honest, I don’t think I would be brave enough to go full on head to toe pattern,  but as individual pieces I think these are going to get worn lots. I am also very proud of how far I have come on with my sewing techniques tackling things like the welt pockets and sleeve vents and even the trouser fitting and sewing.

Happy sewing everyone!

DSC_7388

Butterick 6331 trouser and Simplicity 2446 blazer – made using Jungle Passion floral navy lightweight cotton twill from Spoonflower.

 

 

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

35 responses to “Butterick 6331 and Simplicity 2446: DIY Floral Twill Trouser Suit made using Spoonflower Fabric”

  1. Michele says :

    I don’t know why you would wear it as a suit, it’s fabulous

  2. black label says :

    As separate pieces or together, they are stunning. Love how the fabric is so suitable to all seasons too….

  3. craftycreeky says :

    Looks fabulous! I love the print and the jacket in particular looks amazing!

  4. Chris @ makeandwear says :

    I think it looks fantastic as a suit. I love the floral fabric !

  5. Sew Jean Margaret says :

    I think this looks fabulous…a real statement outfit. Worn seperately, they will look great too. Absolutely love the print.

  6. Julie Culshaw says :

    Very nice indeed, I like the fit of the jacket on you. We can’t get Simplicity patterns here in Canada, I may have to get my daughter in Texas to mail this to me.

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Julie. Be wary of the shoulder width on this pattern, and I didn’t like the original pockets in the pattern, but otherwise it is a good pattern to have with the shoulder princess seams.

  7. Amanda S. says :

    Well, I think it’s FABULOUS as a suit! They are nice individual pieces too, but as a suit it is a show-stopping outfit. Be brave! You only live once.

  8. Faye Lewis says :

    Very nice outfit and you look great in it too.

  9. Abbey says :

    Manju, you look like you’re off to brunch in the Hamptons! Love this outfit!

  10. Pamela H. says :

    It is beautiful as a suit and you look elegant….reconsider wearing it when you are looking to dress up, because it is a stand out (in the best possible way!).

  11. zibergirl says :

    Congrats on being part of the Spoonflower Blog Tour! I love their fabric. I’ve always had great results with their fabric, from tote bags to garments. Your outfit is stunning! So bright and cheery too.

  12. Sharon Jester says :

    I love both pieces together, it makes a great statement, you look so chic and in style .

  13. karen says :

    I have been dreaming about a suit like this! I saw a older woman (retirement age) wearing this on the airplane as her travel suit and I thought she looked, cool, comfortable, casual, and totally hip! I’ve had it on my mind ever since and love your version too!

  14. Tomasa says :

    What a beautiful fabric! These pieces will most definitely be in heavy rotation in your wardrobe!

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Tomasa. I love the trousers and I know the blazer will get worn too once it cools down a little (it’s actually been quite warm here of late!)

  15. Miss Celie says :

    I have to say, this is so eye catching and charming on you. I would be very very tempted to wear them together. The print is incredible!

  16. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says :

    You know how I love this suit! It is so cheerful and playful, yet also chic and sophisticated in a summery way.

    PS I’m not sure if it’s just me, but your video ads at the bottom of your post seem to be hi-jacking your blog. My screen keeps jumping back to them, making it a challenge to read the post and to comment.

  17. Margo says :

    Gorgeous ensemble Manju!!!!! Love it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: