Hello Harts readers! It's a delight to write to you for the first time, as one of the Sew Your Hart Out September guest bloggers. My name is Jess, and I blog my handmade clothes on the web at Jess Sews Clothes and on IG @jess_sews_clothes.
When the team at Harts offered me the opportunity to create an outfit with some of their freshly arrived fabric, I was thrilled to try out these new offerings. Their sleek options fell right into place with my fall sewing plans, and I easily found material that works for my style.
In particular, Cloud 9's new tinted denim jumped out to me. I had no trouble imagining all sorts of apparel projects I could sew with it (like jackets, skirts, and even a killer dress!). It was exciting to see such variety in the available colorways, and although I wanted to make something with each, I really had my heart set on creating a pair of pants with their vibrant shade of pink—aptly named Flamingo.
I had one of those rare sewist moment where fabric paired quickly with pattern—and stuck! The recently released Papercut Patterns Nagoya pants had been on my mind for the upcoming season. And because the Nagoya pant requires a bottom weight fabric with enough body to maintain the pattern's signature stylish shape, all while allowing for the fluid movement of a wide leg, I knew the weight and soft drape of the Cloud 9 denim would provide the results I was looking for. I am glad to say the final garment echoes my sewer's machinations.
A curved waist band brings out the fun shape and front slant pockets make for easy wearing. Since I love to include extra personal touches to my sewing, I added some back pockets and tried out a fringe hem for the first time. I think the feathery hem does a great job at showing off the quality and color of the denim. The Harts team sent me 2 yards of Cloud 9 denim, which was exactly what I needed to complete this project.
While the Cloud 9 tinted denim in Flamingo is certainly eye-catching, its soft hues also create a pant that will be a wardrobe staple. I can imagine wearing my Nagoyas all year round, in the summer with a big floral print or in the winter with a chunky white sweater. Flexibility when styling a handmade garment is exactly what I aim for with sewing—I might spend a lot of time making my clothes, but I never want to spend much time getting dressed!
For Sew Your Hart out September, I paired my pink Nagoyas with a second homemade garment-- a Named Clothing Helmi Trench Blouse in some dreamy Cotton and Steel rayon. I'll be back to tell you all about this garment, another recent favorite, later in September. In the meantime, I'll probably be thinking of all the ways to use Cloud 9's tinted denim in Latte!