My August Needle Sharp Box

I got the Sew Indulgent Box from Needle-sharp for the month of August and wanted to share my makes with you! This is a subscription service that offers multiple boxes each month with everything you need inside to complete a sewing project. I have enjoyed these boxes in the past, but especially right now when just popping out into a store for notions or going in person to a fabric store isn’t really an option, I find them really useful. They have one off boxes as well and would be a great gift for a new sewist! I have a video showing everything that came in this box here.

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The pattern I picked this month was thePietra Pants and Shorts from Closet Core Patterns. We got to pick two fabric options so I picked a washed linen for the shorts and a tencel twill for the pants.

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I absolutely love this pattern! They were so quick to sew up and I think they look, this may sound weird, but like real pants! I say that because the back is entirely elasticated but from the front these look polished and professional. They are really comfortable and if you need pants for an office job (or work from home!) I think these in a neutral fabric would work great.

I also adore the pocket detail. The lines are very cool, and again, just take these to a more elevated level of pants.

I made no adjustments to either pair and have already gotten a lot of wear out of both. I think a wide leg version in a wool would be gorgeous and I would like to try the straight leg as well. I know this pattern has been around for awhile, but if you’ve been waiting to make it I can say it definitely lives up to the hype!

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Pattern, version: Pietra Pants from Closet Core Patterns. I made versions A (wide leg) and C (shorts)

Size, adjustments: I made a straight size 8 in both. The shorts hang a little loose on me so I took in the seam allowance a bit with the pants and it fits nicely at the waist now.

Fabric used: The shorts are in a brushed linen and the pants are a tencel twill. All of my supplies came from Needle-sharp.

Final thoughts: I enjoyed making these so much! Closet Core always has great instructions and I am just really happy to have a pants and shorts pattern that I can make a go to. I would recommend these for someone newer to sewing because along with being simple to sew, there are a lot of resources on the Closet Core blog to help you out as well as a lot of versions shared online!

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I am loving the concept of matching sets I’ve been seeing around (I mean, online. I haven’t seen anyone in person rocking these- ha) this summer. I think they are so cute together, whether matching tops and skirts or pants, and that you can have a lot of fun mixing them with other pieces in your wardrobe. It feels like a lot of bang for your buck!

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I bought this beautiful viscose linen crepe knowing it would become a set of some kind. I had a drapey short and a cropped top in my head and I think I found patterns that matched my vision!

The top is the Ashton top by Helen’s Closet. I saw this on so many people in so many fabrics throughout Me Made May and it made my list of patterns I wanted to try. I’m so happy I did because it is a pretty perfect pattern. Boxy with two different length options, this top is simple but a great building block for hacks or just to play around with different fabrics. The instructions are wonderful (lots of tips added in alongside the step by step construction) and I liked that there were two finishing options. There is an option for bias bound finishes (with pattern pieces) and also an all in one facing. I went for the facing because I thought it would help keep the drapey, breezy look of the fabric. I can’t wait to make a few more of these.

These shorts were a less enjoyable sewing experience, but I have to say I don’t hate them. These are the Dorian shorts from Seamwork and I love the lines and cut of them. I like how they are longer (I actually shortened them a bit) and that they fall away from your body. I think it ups the sophistication level of them and in this fabric they look more elegant while still being cool and easy to wear.

I bought them because I loved the pocket detail and I liked the elastic added in with the side panels. There is a zip fly as well which now I’m not sure that one pattern needs both. I can slip these on and off without undoing the fly and I’m not in love with how messy the waistband turned out. I redid the waistband three times and I think the skinnier elastic just doesn’t do it for me. I think I would prefer a wider waistband and possibly wider elastic too.

I will be trying the Closet Core Pietra pants soon and am interested to compare the construction and design of these two patterns. All together, I do love how this little set turned out! I’m learning to trust my instincts with sewing a bit more and I think these shorts have taught me that when I try a design feature and I don’t like it, maybe it’s ok to change it up. The pattern makers aren’t going to come for my head! I am learning that ‘breaking rules’ while sewing is ok. I know what I like and I can change things for myself. I am building the confidence and knowledge to make that happen!

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Pattern Details!

Top

Pattern: Ashton top from Helen’s Closet

Size/Adjustments: Straight size 8, B cup size. I may lengthen a bit next time so I can have the wide hem at this same length. I love the different cup sizing for fit.

Fabric used: Viscose Linen Crepe from Blackbird Fabrics It’s dreamy to work with and feels lovely up against the skin!

Additional Thoughts: I see what all the hype was about! Can’t wait to make it again and also play around with hacking it. Wonderful addition to my pattern collection.

Shorts

Pattern: Dorian shorts by Seamwork

Size/Adjustments: Straight size 8, if I made again I might size down to a 6

Fabric Used: viscose linen crepe from Blackbird

Additional Thoughts: Installing the elastic and making it look neat was a huge challenge and in the end I think I may just dislike this particular design feature. I like that there is a bonus pattern to turn them into pants and Seamwork always has great instructions as well as all the resources to help with the pattern.