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Tribal top and skinny jeans

Added Jan 5, 2012

by Couture Acad...

Perth, Australia






This outfit is 100% handmade! I saw the tribal printed fabric and this top instantly flashed into my brain. Being tall and picky, I decided to draft a pattern myself and I’m thrilled with the results – particularly that the bustpoint is correct, the empire waist band is UNDER my boobs and the thing is long enough!! All typically tall-girl problems.

I also bought some great stretch denim and used Jalie 2908 (http://www.jalie.com/jalie2908-women-s-stretch-jeans-sewing-pattern.html) to make some jeans. If you haven’t heard about this pattern yet – it’s seriously the best jeans pattern out there, I think. I modified the leg to make skinny jeans (it’s typically a bootcut) and used the high-waist option. They turned out fabulous and I wear them all the time. It’s nearly impossible to find skinny jeans that fit a 6ft tall size 14 gal, but now I have a pair! I seriously <3 sewing. Seriously.

Thanks for the view and happy happy sewing!!




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic
Cotton, Denim, Linen

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    Jan 28, 2012, 05.42 AMby zsyzu

    Thanks for sharing your project. I really want to make my own jeans and was wondering which pattern to go with. Wonderful job!

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      Jan 29, 2012, 01.56 AMby Couture Academic

      You’re welcome! All the best of luck :)

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    Jan 28, 2012, 05.32 AMby corinneski

    Wow! What a great outfit.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 02.32 PMby lorilaroo

    I don’t think I can say anything more than what already been said…just wanted to offer my praise as well. Excellent ensemble! The whole outfit looks better than ready-to-wear, and extremely flattering. Great job!!!

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      Jan 28, 2012, 12.19 AMby Couture Academic

      Thank you so much, Lorilaroo! That just makes my day. There are a few mista…I mean character bits that you can’t see, but hey, that’s all part of it…I sometimes look at my RTW stuff and see worse…much worse.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 06.40 AMby kslaughter

    So professional! Self-drafting and jeans-making…..you’re an inspiration ;-)!

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      Jan 27, 2012, 11.42 AMby Couture Academic

      Thank you for the kind words. I worked pretty hard on the top, first making a muslin and ripping and sewing and ripping and sewing and…well, you get the picture :) But totally worth it when you have your own custom pattern suited just to you!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 09.53 PMby anneecharri


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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.13 PMby croustinath

    Congratulations!!! Both the jeans and the top look amazing. Thank you for sharing the jeans pattern!

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      Jan 27, 2012, 11.43 AMby Couture Academic

      Thank you! Hope you get a chance to try it out! :)

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    Jan 26, 2012, 02.03 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Great outfit – you look amazing! :-) I SO admire anyone able to make their own jeans!!

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      Jan 27, 2012, 11.43 AMby Couture Academic

      Thank you! I was a bit intimidated at first, but the pattern was pretty good, so alterations were minimal!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.01 AMby Couture Academic

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! And thanks to Burdastyle for featuring my project! I’m so thrilled, grateful and honoured to be featured among such talented sewests. So happy to hear some of you are trying the jeans pattern too…a jeans pattern that fits is worth its weight in gold, if you ask me :)

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    Jan 26, 2012, 03.16 AMby sweetprairierose

    Great job! The whole outfit is wonderful and looks amazing one you!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 12.15 AMby raquel mf

    Lovely top!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 11.53 PMby sarahwau

    I love both the top and the jeans and so clever of you to self-draft the top. Looks like nice denim fabric too. Did you get that locally in Perth?

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      Jan 26, 2012, 04.54 AMby Couture Academic

      Hi sarahwau! Thanks! Yes, I got it at Fabulous Fabrics in Perth city on the second floor of Meyer. I didn’t know it was there till a few months ago…really nice stuff. Perth suffers from a lack of fabric shops, but that’s a good one.

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    Jan 25, 2012, 10.29 PMby anthrogirl

    Love the top! Is this the same fabric that was used for a certain Anthropologie dress (Study of shapes dress)? It had the same colors and this top reminded me of that dress. :)

    xx Dee

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      Jan 26, 2012, 04.56 AMby Couture Academic

      Oh, that’s hilarious – I wasn’t aware of that! It’s exactly the same fabric – bought it at Spotlight! Thanks for the complement :)

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.43 PMby leahfranqui

    Awesome, and I adore the top! I want to make these jeans, now, you’ve inspired me!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.16 PMby servareginae

    Very smart and creative of you. The top is really pretty.

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    Jan 25, 2012, 06.01 PMby merbecky

    Great job and you can tell that everything fits very well!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 05.57 PMby TheVelvetGarde

    Great job on both pieces!!! The Jeans look so great! So professional looking! I have always been afraid of sewing up jeans, although I have played with the idea for a while… Maybe soon I will courage up and give it a go ;>

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      Jan 26, 2012, 04.57 AMby Couture Academic

      Thank you very much! It’s totally worth it – I’m never buying jeans again. I actually didn’t need to do too much alteration to the pattern (shockingly), but it did take some adjustment to get the skinny leg. Good luck and hope to see piccies!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 05.53 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

    Fantastic, love everything about it!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 05.48 PMby BeYou TiFul

    You did a great job on both garments and you look lovely!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 04.37 PMby lilmissmuffett

    Great outfit! The top is amazing and, yes, those jeans are perfect! I have that Jalie pattern too, just haven’t used it yet!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 04.19 PMby nouvellegamine

    very cute! the jeans are amazing!!! i’m tall too and that’s the main reason i got into sewing. it’s a bear trying to find off the rack clothes that fit!

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      Jan 26, 2012, 05.00 AMby Couture Academic

      Oh, tell me about it. I swear it gets worse with every season. I went to the Gap when I was in Canada to find jeans and they said the tall size stopped at a size 12!! I have hips, man! That’s why I found making my own jeans to be gold.

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    Jan 6, 2012, 11.29 PMby Yuki M

    I love your way of using tribal pattern !! and thank you for info about nice jeans pattern.

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      Jan 7, 2012, 03.02 PMby Couture Academic

      Thank you! The jeans pattern is really great. Hope you enjoy it :)

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    Jan 6, 2012, 07.47 AMby schnui

    Your top and jeans are really nice and you look great in them. I am not quite as tall as you (2") less, so I am very interested in your jeans pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jan 6, 2012, 12.45 PMby Couture Academic

      No worries! I’m always spreading the word about that jeans pattern…just make sure you use stretch denim, as they are pretty fitted.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 06.58 PMby dorawarren

    Love them both! Maybe I will give those jeans a try. I am 5’10 and a size 12.

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      Jan 6, 2012, 12.46 PMby Couture Academic

      Thanks! The pattern is pretty versatile…enjoy!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 04.35 PMby mynameisdavid

    I loooveee the print on that top! Your jeans look perfect, too :)

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      Jan 6, 2012, 12.46 PMby Couture Academic

      Thanks so much! The pattern totally got me too – I’ve also got a tube top type top in the works with the rest – will post soon. Thanks for the complements!

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