Handmade Everyday: Out running errands in summer heat

Do you wear your handmade clothes on a daily basis? I do, and I’m always looking for new ways to style my handmade garments to keep it fresh. So I decided to write a regular post called Handmade Everyday. I’d like to keep motivated in wearing my handmade clothing, and I also hope to inspire other sewists to wear their handmade clothing daily, perfect or not!

I’d love to see how you style your handmade clothing, too. So join me on Instagram with the hashtag #handmadeeveryday

handmade everyday chambray top, linen shorts, and leather bag

This is my handmade cotton chambray shirt, linen shorts and my handmade leather bag. The sunglasses are from the seventies, a great rummage sale find. The shoes are by Tory Burch.

The shirt was sewn with a Robert Kaufman cotton chambray linen blend. It’s a little bit thick, maybe more of a bottom weight, for our summer heat, so I don’t wear it that often. I used McCall’s 6436, and made this last January. I love those pockets. I’ve since discovered Tencel denim, made from wood pulp cellulose. It looks like chambray but it’s lightweight and has a wonderful drape. I’d love to make another version of this top in Tencel. Have you ever sewn with Tencel?handmade everyday chambray top, linen shorts, and leather bag

The shorts are a linen/ cotton blend from Micheal Levine, and made with McCall’s 6756 back in July of 2013. I love this pattern and have since made another version in a cotton batik fabric. The waist is a little high, but I don’t really tuck in my tops anyway.

And the bag? I just made it, and posted a tutorial this week, if you didn’t see it . It’s my own design.


















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  1. Bill Jonke says

    Hello, Justine,

    I’m enjoying your blog. I found it yesterday. I’m an old veteran of Downtown LA, having worked for the Disneyland Resort as a fabric/trim buyer for decades. I’m now in Santa Rosa, a place that I love, except, it doesn’t have a Downtown LA. In fact, it’s a vast wasteland up here! I never, ever, thought I’d miss DTLA at all! One of these days I’m going to take my trusty Honda CRV back down there to spend a few hours in the Garment District. I have to drive since I’ll be carting half of it back with me! LOL I also have lots of vendors I’d like to see and talk to again. Needless to say, I made a lot of friends there, and you and I probably walked past each other and didn’t know it!

    Meanwhile, I’m making a shirt from LA Alex fabric I bought a few years ago. I still have a fraction of my fabric stash, but you and I both know that there’s never enough fabric in our world.

    I’d LOVE to hear from you!

  2. says

    I love those pockets too, Justine! I just sewed sleeveless top from McCall’s 6035 (omitted the sleeves). Your top looked so comfy, I have to look for M6436 now 🙂