Office Prep: Named Sointu Kimono Tee and Printed Ginger Jeans

November 1, 2016

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One of my goals for this project was to create pieces that I could easily wear in a professional work setting. It can be a challenge to find ready-to-wear items that are a). age-appropriate and b). not boring. When I do find things I like I often have to alter them to fit properly anyway. I seem to be right in-between regular and petite sizing (I’m 5’2) and I have a curvy shape.

I stumbled across this great printed stretch-twill while looking for fabric to cover some chairs. It was mysteriously labeled “assorted denim” and I’m quite happy to report that it works easily for clothing. I used the Ginger Jeans pattern as a base, but eliminated many of the classic jean styling elements – including back pockets! I knew I would have matched the pattern of the pockets with the pant legs and they would have hopefully visually disappeared, so there didn’t seem to be much point in having them. I also have the Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers on my cutting table right now, but I prefer the higher waist of the Gingers – it’s very helpful when I am out on my bike. I am a frequent cyclist and having professional clothing I can bike in is a real plus.

The top is one that I can see myself creating many versions of, the Named Sointu Kimono Tee. I downloaded the PDF and had the top on in one afternoon! The only change I made was to shorten the length a bit. It’s basic but extremely useful and comfortable. And I can’t make everything in a dazzling print. The fabric is a fine sweater-knit I found at my local chain-store. I’ll be keeping an eye out for some heavier weight knits online – you only need a bit of fabric (I made it work with a 1/2 meter by adding in a seam at the center back and pieced the bias facing together) so I could really splurge if I wanted!

Lastly, thank you to my amazing photographers, the talented duo behind North by North Photography. Alexa and Luke immediately understood what I was looking for and made me laugh so much during our shoot.


Printed Ginger Jeans

Total Cost: 60.48

Pattern: $24 (CAD)

Fabric: $22.48

Notions: $14

Fit: I went with a size 8 since I didn’t really know anything about the fabric content and that worked out quite well. There is a bit of bunching behind the knee, so I might try a full-calf-adjustment in the future.

Techniques: Pattern-matching where possible.

Named Sointu Kimono Tee

Total Cost: $27

Pattern: $10 (CAD)

Fabric: $11

Notions: $6

Fit: No alterations needed.

What to work on: Making more work clothes! I’ve already worn both items many times.



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  • Reply Meg November 2, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Great outfit! I love the fabric you’ve chosen for your jeans! I’ve had my eye on the Sointu pattern and yours is pushing me into Camp Buy The Pattern Already!

    • Reply Erica November 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you Meg! I can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Reply Lynda November 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog via IG with your reposted Cascade coat and am looking forward to reading through your archives. Love what you’ve made so far that I’ve seen and that kimono tee is one I’ve been wondering about for a while. Think I’ll be purchasing this pattern also. Your whole outfit looks amazing!

    • Reply Erica December 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Lynda! I’ve been admiring your shop. Bras are next on my list of scary things to conquer!

  • Reply Rebekah Jaunty January 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

    This top looks ten times cooler on you than on the model. The shorter length was a great idea.

    • Reply Erica January 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      I didn’t realise that Named paper patterns don’t include the seam allowances, so part of that was accidental! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  • Reply Flony October 2, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    How did you like the sizing on the Sointu pattern? I was about to cut, and realized I am between a 38 and 40 for chest, a 36 for waist, a 38 for hips, and 10cm shorter than the average height! I am not sure I should grade the pattern, given that it is so loose, but not sure what size to choose. Thanks!

    • Reply Erica October 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      I made the extra-small, so there is plenty of room! I’d size down, or go based on the finished garment measurements. Hope that helps!

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