ginger jeans + kalle shirt + janome MC6700P review

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Hiiii! I have a lot sewing to share in the upcoming weeks, but first up are these new jeans and button-up! After taking these photos I realized both patterns are from Closet Case Patterns, and I’ve made each of them several times before. If anything, this is a testament to just how effortlessly these patterns fit into my wardrobe (and, how I’m nothing if not consistent).

Also! I made both of these using the brand new Janome Memory Craft 6700P.  I’ve been sewing on a pretty standard Janome 8077 for the last few years, and I love it so much and use it so often, it sometimes feels like it’s become an extension of my body… like my third arm or something, is that weird? When Janome contacted me to try out and review this machine, I was super interested since I’ve been sewing with them for years, and I’ve never really sewn consistently on a ~fancier~ machine.

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Let me first say that, holy heck, the machine is big and heavy. I bike to work and don’t have a car, so I had to finagle a way to get the machine home when it arrived. Once that journey was over, I was so pumped to start makin’ things! Though I only had it for a short time, I tested it out on a ton of projects.

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Let’s chat about these first projects. On top is the Kalle Shirtdress using the new Rifle Paper Co Monstera print in rayon/lawn. First off, this substrate is NICE. I think I would still prefer 100% rayon for a drapey dress or skirt, but for a button-up the rayon/lawn combo is extremely ideal. I’ve been reaching for this shirt way more than I even mean to – the light weight makes it very comfortable and it’s crisp without being too stiff. I also love the print, but there’s something about the fabric that makes this shirt so dang delightful.

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At this point I’ve made the Kalle Shirtdress a lot of times (one dress and two shirts, here’s one I blogged) and the only thing I’ve been changing is the hem length. Both the tunic and cropped lengths feel a little awkward on my frame, so I’ve been playing with the hem whenever I make this pattern. My hem curve is also not as deep as the drafted pattern, which is just a personal preference. I used flat-felled seams along the sides, which I looOoOove, and included a cute little label on the inside using one of Rae Ritchie’s labels for Dear Stella. Side note, I saw Rae last weekend in Minnesota (I was there for a friend’s wedding) and SHE IS MY FAVORITE.

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Now for the jeans! I’ve made two pairs of Ginger Jeans so far, and this was the first time I used Cone Mills Denim. There’s a ton of blog posts out there about this denim, and peeps tend to gush about it. I thought it was great to work with, though honestly not that different from other stretch denim I’ve used for jeans. My 10oz Turkish black denim was awesome, and the random cut I bought in the Garment District for my first pair was great too. Right now the jeans feel very new, so I think I’m most excited to see how this denim breaks in over time. Ooh, and these are the 12oz S-Gene in Indigo! I bought it during a sale online at Threadbare Fabrics (also where I got my Turkish denim).

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Making a pair of Ginger Jeans was what I really wanted to do to test the Janome. My current machine works well with denim, but sometimes it has a hard time when there’s a lot of fabric layers. The MC6700P really did sew beautifully, and noticeably quietly as well. I loved the automatic thread cutter, which definitely felt a little extravagant at first… but then I got very used to it. The work space is larger than my current set-up (10″!), and I loved having the extra room.  I will also mention that the quick set bobbin is awesome too – there’s a contraption down there so you don’t have to pull the bobbin thread up, you just start sewing. There were a ton of little details like these that made sewing a little breezier overall.

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I also played around with some of the built-in fonts! This was really exciting because my current machine doesn’t have that feature. I was particularly pumped about the “handmade” font setting, and I ended up stitching it onto the waistband of my jeans. It makes me so ridiculously happy to see! Especially since it’s covered up by my belt, it’s a fun secret detail.

As far as fit, the crotch length/depth feels right – the only thing bothering me are the wrinkles at my knees. I recently bought Fit for Real People and Pants for Real People (both of which have amazingly 90’s photos that you should check out if you haven’t), so I’m going to do some research about that. Overall, this pattern works well for me straight out of the envelope, and you can see some more notes I’ve made here and here.

Whoooo, okay that was a lot. Here I am on Saturday morning, feeling sad about sending the machine back to Janome! I have more projects to share that I made on this pup, so check back soon for that : )

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Oh, and big thank youuuu to my main squeeze for taking these photos of my butt for me (Dan, u da best). Byeeeeee.

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