Jessica Sews | Hayden Tee, Dawn Shorts and DIY Shoes!

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Alright alright, I’m two months behind on these photos. I’ve chopped my hair and gotten glasses, but I am still LOVING this head to toe self made outfit. From the hat on my head to the soles of my shoes - everything is #memade! Let’s jump in and I’ll tell you more about each piece!

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My hat is re-worked straw from a style I made in the past (mine had been crushed from a season’s worth of heavy use). I re-blocked it using the same wooden crown and brim blocks I used the first time (see a progress shot here). For the band I used a thrifted and vintage silk necktie in a navy striped pattern.

The top is sewn using the Hayden pattern from Seamwork. I cut my normal size but ended up taking in the side seams considerably as well as doing some extra cropping to the hem (check out my Instagram stories if you want to see the longer version). I’ll cut a smaller version in the future and likely do an even more aggressive crop! I also cut the back bodice in two with a seam to conserve the fabric. (I do that a lot, especially when I’m trying to eek out my pattern pieces from thrifted or limited yardage. The fabric is a linen cotton blend from Joann Fabrics, which I also bought in the contrasting colorway, which I’m hoping will be a romper or jumpsuit in the very near future!

The shorts were sewn using leftover denim from my jeans and in Megan Nielsen’s Dawn pattern. I LOVED THESE SHORTS and can’t wait until the weather here is nice enough for everyday wear. I’m planning on doing another pair in ecru denim and mayyyyve a pair in black. That would put me at 9 versions of Dawn, so suffice it to say, I love this pattern.

On my feet I’m wearing some espadrills I made from upholstery webbing. Here’s a DIY post for that!

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