A Grown-Up Santa Fe

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It’s not often I sew something solid black… but one thing my wardrobe lacks is “good” clothes for going out or to events. (Do I go out or to events? Um, no. Stop being logical. I’m  justifying sewing more clothes!) 

This is a black crepe knit version of the Hey June Santa Fe top. Like my first tank version, I cut the hem straight instead of curved – I like the extra length at the sides!

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Best thing about this top? It’s perfect for showing off bold necklaces! And it’s got lots of room for eating and slouching. Ahhh, I’m so classy! (To be classier, I should probably not wear it with jeggings.)

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Next I’d like to make some kind of slightly posh-but-comfortable dress that would work for nicer-than-average events. I’d even go woven and solid… but a bit of ease would be nice! And nothing too twee, please. Any suggestions for fabric or patterns? 

 


29 thoughts on “A Grown-Up Santa Fe

    1. I”m seriously tempted to make this pattern into a dress! I just need to find enough yardage – this swingy shape really eats up fabric when it’s longer!

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  1. A black tank is so elegant and versatile! I just made something similar myself (modified the Scout Tee to a knit tank top) and it’s perfect for when I want to look nice, but not too dressed up. For the dress… maybe something like the Saltspring or Southport in a rayon challis or crepe?

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    1. Yours is so pretty! Love the colour. (I’ve only seen the thumbnail in my blog feed – haven’t read the post yet!) Saltspring and Southport are both great suggestions – I’m wearing a Saltspring today and I do love it!

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  2. And I just saw some black stretch crepe at the fabric store yesterday and was wondering if to snag a yard. Now I know the perfect pattern to pair it with. Thanks Gillian! It does look really fancy without even trying, doesn’t it?

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  3. For your next dress, might I suggest the sway from papercut? In a rayon challis, of course!! This is my fave for comfortable but classy dress pattern. Since its a tie waist, it always accommodates fluctuation in size and the skirt is so fun a swingy. Plus, if you don’t “belt” it, the trapeze shape is pretty fun too. I really like the two I have made!

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    1. You’ve tried both Sway and the Santa Fe, right? How different it the shape? Could I lengthen Santa Fe to get a similar look? (I’m lazy and cheap…)

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      1. I think you could, depending on what you are going for. If you want to use a knit, i say go for it with the santa fe! if you want to use a woven, its probably worth it to buy the sway. It has a nice all in one facing which definitely makes it feel fancier. I wore one last night and I had forgotten how much I liked it. it really is a simple design, it is just aline from the armpits. if you have a woven pattern that you like the fit of above the bust, I think you could probably draft it yourself. It has a center front and back seam which I think are also a nice detail.

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  4. I was going to suggest Papercuts too! I love their patterns but I love Jalie (their patterns are quite adaptable) as well…the pattern will be impossible to help you pick🙂 but I would recommend sewing on the bias if you’re going woven. It’s fun…doesn’t fray so much and gives you as much ease as a woven can. Good luck Gillian…love our classy knit black top – lovely necklace too🙂

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    1. I’ve haven’t sewn anything bias for a decade! I’ll keep that in mind. It always seems tricky to me, but surely I can manage it, right?

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  5. So chic and sassy! The tank really dresses up those jeggins! Or maybe it is the too fab necklace? Oh I know, it’s the sassy chick wearing them!😀

    Yay! Woven! Rayon challis, definitely. Sewaholic has some awesome dresses. How about a Yaletown or a Nicola? Those have lovely shapes that lend themselves to being easy to wear.

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    1. Aww, you are too sweet!🙂 Rayon challi sis a great suggestion – I HATE sewing with it, but I love wearing it!

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      1. FabricMart Fabrics has their challis on sale today, 65% off! Some fun, crazy prints. I thought of you when I was browsing.😀

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  6. Make a simple, comfortable dress with good lines then make a classy, jazzed up shrug or light jacket to take it up a notch. Keep the dress color solid, then anything (almost) will work with it.

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    1. That’s a great suggestion! I tend to go for the opposite (patterns dress, solid cardigan) but vice versa would be great for the sort of slightly fancy occasion I’m picturing!

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  7. This is so smart! Great reminder that the fabric choice makes all the difference – I love that about sewing, that I can have a bunch of things that are the same pattern but are all totally different.
    I second lengthening the Santa Fe into a dress. It’s very similar to the Tessuti Ruby which has a dress option. I made it in silk jersey and it’s dressy but so comfy.
    PS I have those same shoes and they are my absolute favorite! The Crocs jellies with the circles from a few years ago, right? I wish I’d bought all the colors that year, the last couple versions have more flowery patterns that I don’t like as much as the mod circles…

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  8. Looking fabulous!
    I always haverschiedenen that problem, too, lots of casual dresses but nothing really fancy… My current nicer-than-average dresses are an Appleton, a dress made from Maria Denmark’s Day to Night Drape top, and a Colette Crêpe dress. I think jersey can definitely be elegant/fancy, if it’s a nice drape and weight!

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  9. I don’t know to what degree of fancy you need to go, but I am partial to this dress pattern from BurdaStyle (one of their magazine patterns, now downloadable from the website).
    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/dart-dress-plus-size-072012

    I don’t know if you’re strictly an indie pattern user, but I can’t help suggesting this because it’s my favorite for looking a little dressed up. It can work with a range of fabrics, looks tailored and interesting, but is simpler to sew than it looks and its easy to fit. Here’s a link to my blog post about it:
    https://thisseamsinteresting.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/double-trouble/

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  10. I love this!! I never made solid dark coloured tops because they always end up covered in pug hair.🙂 I made the Papercut Sway dress, which is super easy to make, and looks great with a fabric belt which can easily be adjusted after delicious fancy dinner (ask me how I know).

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  11. Well you know I’m all over the Kielo – wrap or deconstructed! And really, all of the best swingy tops work with jeggings. That’s how you know they’re good.

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  12. This is SO chic! I never think to make anything really dressy, especially in dark colors, then when I have an event I need something for, I panic and end up wearing something that’s not super appropriate. Ugh! I should make a chic black dress now that you’ve put the thought in my mind.

    I’d love to see you in a deep, dark green dress… that would be amazing on you for dressier occasions!

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