Sometimes you just need an easy and awesome tried and trued trusty pattern to do some relax-sewing.
Portlander by New Horizons is such a pattern.
I just love the shape of it. It feels like a lounger but it looks like trousers, what can be better than that? 😉
Pattern features are:
- pants or shorts length;
- a tall waistband that can be used as-is or folded down;
- optional drawstrings
- optional pockets
The only mod I made with this pattern is that I make a contoured waistband instead of the regular rectangular one due to my body shape.
As I have a 4 size difference between waist and hips and the pants without the bands are very low rise, I made the pattern pieces according to my hip size and grade the waistband to my waist size.
This time I paired the Portlanders with a new to me NH pattern, the Maui Tank and Cami.
We’ve been hit with a wave of tropical heat this week and a cami was a must have! Good thing they’re super quick and easy to make!
The pattern has quite a few options for us to make all the summer tanks and camis our hearts desire.
As I’d made a couple of racerbacks not too long ago, I decided to stick to the cami style.
This one is a simple cami with the rouched detail, no shelf bra. The fabric I used is a heavier-weight ponte with amazing recovery, so it holds everything in place.
The shorts are made with the Classic Jersey from Driessen and the waistband is also ponte. This was my first time trying my hand using the coverstich for the detail stitching… I need to put some more practice into it. 😉
I loved this fabric so much that I just had to make pants as well. Isn’t it fun how by changing the bottoms and adding an accessory the cami can go from lounging at home to a dinner out?
I love a good LBD, but a Little Black Top and Pants combo is more my vibe on a daily basis. Can never go wrong with a few
basic classic pieces in the wardrobe.
But lets add a little pop of color to this post…
Not only is Maui a super cute top, but it’s also a good scrap buster.
I used the leftover cuts from my Thistle Romper to make this one. The cami option needs less fabric than the regular tank, and I had just enough for it. Score! <3
This time I left the font simple and added a shelf bra. The main fabric is a rayon knit (viscose tricot), and I used the leftvoer ponte for the bra and bands.
Maui has definitely joined the Portlander on my list of favorite basics!