I've been a blogger for a long time. I've always wanted to keep the "aesthetic" of my platform purely about sewing and only sewing. I hardly even talk about my own family UNLESS it's sewing-related. I haven't discussed anything political since Barack Obama was elected, because that was just monumental and my ancestors' wildest dream. I had to shout about it from the rafters. The only time I've "acted up" was when a troll needed to be dealt with swiftly. I'm always going to advocate for myself. There's no taking the high road when you're being openly disrespected. You have to let them know... train people how to treat you. I've witnessed a lot of things happening in the 15 years that I've been taking up real estate on this little corner of Al Gore's internet. A lot of unrest... a lot of unfair treatment of disenfranchised folks. And I kept it strictly about sewing, even when I've noticed systemic racism and implicit/unconscious bias within our sewing community, because my sewing has always been my peace.
I use to be able to just go to my sewing studio, turn on the TV and sew until my little heart was content while blocking out everything else in the world. That's how I protect my mental health and keep my anxiety in check. It was my little protective bubble. But when people are protesting in the streets, I just can't sew away civil unrest. And when you see the brands that you've loved, spent copious amounts of your discretionary income supporting, given them free advertisement on your blog and social channels (because I can sew all day and blog it without mentioning a pattern, you know...), you would think that they'd have common decency to stand on the right side of history and support a large portion of their demographic. You simply can't be neutral and ride the middle. It's like being "a little bit pregnant". Either you are or you're not. And who wouldn't want to make it known that their brand/company is Anti-Racist, unless -- you're not. Let that sink in...
And if you don't see the injustice, well... you need to check your heart and your head.
In the last week, I made this two-piece linen set from Mimi G. Style. I haven't worked with line in a while. This Oatmeal Medium Weight Linen from Mood Fabrics was super stiff and crisp when it first arrived. But after I washed, dried and pressed it, it softened up. It's 100% linen, so every time you breathe on it, it wrinkles. I know that's the characteristic of linen, but I'll be glad when these pieces are broken in after they've been washed a few times.
The top has a good amount of ease and bust darts. I was able to cut a size 14 without a FBA.
However, since it is a cropped style, I did add an inch of length so it would hit the waistband of my pants.
I cut a size 16 in the pants. A few years ago, I was all about the flat-front, wide-legged trousers. Who knew what I needed in my life was a pair of pleated high-waisted, straight legged pants? For Mimi to be the designer, her pants are always drafted pretty long. I didn't even measure the inseam and just added my normal 3" of length and I ended up having to take that off at the hem.
The pants are drafted with a beautiful fly front. Everyone does these slightly different, so I referred to her sew-along video to see how she was installing this. I used my edge foot to stitch-in-the-ditch to finish my waistband. It provides the cleanest finish possible without hand stitching.
I did make my normal 1.5" full seat adjustment to prevent the dipping at the center back.
I used my machine to sew a blind hem for a clean, professional finish.
I love these pieces and they'll be mixed and match all summer throughout my wardrobe.