rifle paper co pants + sleeveless button up

Here we go – it’s BLOG time! It’s been a long time coming, but now that I’m no longer blogging as part of my job it feels like the right time to do this thing. I’m Jessie – I super recently moved to Philly from Brooklyn. I started sewing four years ago while I was working at a fabric company in Soho and it has since become a huge part of my life. I try to get a little bit (or a lot) of sewing in every day and I have about one million things on my ever-growing “to make” list. Also Hayden can’t do anything (for example, start a blog) without me copying eventually. Okay, cool!

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I diiiid preorder some of the new Rifle Paper Co fabric a couple months ago (though I’ve never done that before) and when it arrived I’m really happy to say that I cut right into it! Our new place has a washer/dryer – after living in tiny apartments in BK for 4 1/2 years I do consider this LIVING THE DREAM – so straight into the laundry it went. I think this helped propel my urge to get started on a project right away, rather than waiting on a visit to the laundromat (which was never quite frequent enough). But I DIGRESS.

rifle rayon

I bought this navy rayon (navy? not really sure that this is a true navy), the periwinkle rayon, and one of the canvas prints (which I’ve sewn up already, more on that soon!).

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I made a pair of woven Hudson Pants by True Bias. I’ve made two other pairs, both of which were also woven. I mostly followed her tutorial for converting the pattern to use with wovens (it’s made for knits), but I do love the look of the pants with a cuff so I kept them. I did the same as this blog post mentions – I made my own cuff piece that was the same width as the waistband and the length of the leg opening.

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The first time I made these pants I went up two sizes, which was too big, so for my next two pairs I only went up one size and sewed with slightly smaller seam allowances. I also removed 1/2″ from the bottom of the legs on these and the fit is now perfect. I topstitched the waistband and cuffs – I like the look and also it keeps the elastic in place. As far as fabric goes, this rayon is really, really nice. It’s drapey and it feels substantial.

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On top I’m wearing a recently-made McCall’s 7351 (modified into a shirt). This has become my ultimate sleeveless button up pattern – I love the bust darts and cup size options, as well as the separate button bands and collar size. I’ve also figured out the correct spacing for my buttons/buttonholes. Really cluuutch, I’m so pleased! Back when I made my first button up I used this tutorial for inserting the collar, and it’s still my favorite method.

I got this fabric years ago from my favorite now-defunct fabric shop in NYC, PS Fabrics. It’s an oxford shirting I found on the remnants rack. So sad that store is gone. I really love choosing a fun print for the inner yoke of button up shirts, it’s one of my favorite details for sure. For this one I used Constellations from Moon Garden, a new collection by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella. If you haven’t checked out her fabric collections or artwork, you should – she’s amazing.

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I think I shaved off about 1/2″ off the shoulders and did a 3/8″ square shoulder adjustment, which I just recently realized I needed! I was noticing drag lines from my bust to my shoulders and I’m so glad I figured out what was going on there. If I’m picky, I could stand to bump it up to a 1/2″… but we’ll see if I remember to do this next time.

I definitely like the way these pants look with a more neutral top, but the day I finished sewing them I was wearing my favorite polka dot Scout Tee and I am also diggin’ that slightly-crazy pattern mixing look.

Hmm I think that’s it as far as sewing notes. I have been really into the woven ‘joggers’ look for a few months now so I’m happy I’m able to experiment and make a few pairs that feel like me. I’m not one for sewing up ~*trendy*~ garments, so I’m hoping this is something I’ll still be liking next year and on.

Thanks for reading my first blog post (!!) and I’ll be back soon with some more sewing.

17 thoughts on “rifle paper co pants + sleeveless button up

  1. Congrats! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Love the pants and the tops! But, you already know I love the pants and am making the same pair…just have to get back to Rock Paper Scissors for the fabric! 🙂


  2. I hunted down this post since I’m planning on trying the M7351 sleeveless button down top hack. (I already copied your Rifle Paper Company canvas shirt hack :P) I’m curious if you widened the waist in addition to lengthening it to a top?
    I love this look!


    1. Hi! I think I did straighten out the side seams when I lengthened it to the shirt length, so the waist was a bit wider that just extending the lines down. I’m not into super-fitted shirts though, for my bod : )


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