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paige upcycle || back || loulou james creative

Last week I shared a few of the projects I was able to complete over the summer and I’m back again to share a few more. I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve completed that many projects in a roughly 3 or 4 month span. Ever.

One of my faves was this Paige tank refashion: I took a great blue shirt that my husband had given up and with a bit of creative fitting, made a buttoned-up-back version.  I’m planning to make another one so I’ll be sure to document the steps next time! It was pretty easy and I love layering it for fall. One of the best parts – the contrast thread on the last buttonhole, such a great little detail I was able to save.

paige upcycle || back hem || loulou james creative

paige upcycle || front || loulou james creative

Since I love quick projects and the Paige is so easy, I thought I’d try another version. This variation I made was done by adding a centre gather and a bit of a cap sleeve. I used up some silk I had brought back from India a few years ago: it’s a cool pixelated print, and the hand is like a charmeuse, all silky and drapey. Adding the gather was easy; I added a couple inches at the centre front and then shirred it to create a bit of fullness and drape.  To make the sleeves, I squared off the shoulders to meet the side seams, which is just the right amount of sleeve.

paige silk variation || loulou james

I’ll be layering this under jackets for fall, and I’ll need to make a few before next spring.  The sleeve is just right for an office, but cool enough for the stuffy subway rides home. Oh, summer in Toronto.

One thing I’m really pumped about – my luxe joggers.  Can we talk about this? I have been obsessing over this idea for like, ever I think.  It took me awhile to get the silhouette right – I think about 3 muslins. But in the end, I think these will be my new non-suit suit pants.  I love the idea of non-suits: I’ll wear these with a puffed-sleeve blazer to get the look of an ensemble, but I also like the idea of a super-tailored jacket with relaxed pants.

refined joggers || loulou james

I used a medium-weight satin-back crepe but for the waist and cuff I used a matte jersey.  I inserted 2″ wide elastic for the waistband to make sure they fit right (no bending-to-pick-up-the-kids wardrobe malfunctions, please). And of course – some side seam pockets.

refined joggers waist detail || loulou james

I think the cuffs are by far my favourite detail on them too; they add a bit of a pouffe detail, great with chunky heels.

refined joggers cuff || loulou james

And now, since I’m behind on #projectfallsewing…off to work on a perfect pencil skirt, plus I want to try my hand at this Burda dress.  Ugh, no seam allowances? Luckily I caught that before I started pinning.  This could take awhile.