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Tessuti Isla and Demi

Today I have a Tessuti pattern double for you – the Isla top and Demi pants!

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

Okay, so this look is a little more ‘out there’. I’ll start by talking about the pants, because they’re rather a standout piece!

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

From the pattern website: This pull-on, cropped pant pattern features an elasticised waist and full leg with side stitched down pockets. A clever pleat detail at the front and back hemline is finished with a bias bind band at hem. Comfortable and stylish, the pattern is quick and easy to make and suitable for day or night. Ideal for woven fabrics including linen, lightweight wool, cottons, viscose and crepe. Not suitable for knits or stretch wovens.

Demi pants line drawing

It’s important to note that the rigid denim that I used was NOT  one of the recommended fabrics!  It was in stash, and I thought that it would be fun to give it a try.  I figured that it would give these pants a sculptural feel, and in my opinion it definitely does!

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

The sizes range from XXS (91 cm hip) to XL (116cm hip). I chose to sew size Large, but could have easily sewn the Medium, as the elasticised waist accommodates my midsection and my hips are smaller than the Large allows for.

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

If you look closely you can see the pocket treatment – it’s entered from the side seam, but is one layer topstitched to the front of the pants. I really like this! The waist contains two channels of elastic (which actually need to be tightened a bit – the denim is heavy and they pull down in wearing).

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

The tucks at the leg hems are easy to do, and give that fun shape. I also rather like the hem binding – it’s an interesting way to finish the pants. I did shorten the pattern pieces about half way down the legs before I cut these out, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to shorten them at the hemline and I am 158cm tall. I reckon that I took out just the right amount (not that I remember what that was). I’m currently planning to sew another pair of these in printed rayon and am quite certain that they’ll look quite different. I have worn these quite a bit – they’re a confidence booster for me; I love that they’re slightly wacky sewn in that stiff denim!

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

The Isla top was sewn from a soft striped knit that I’ve had in stash for ages – I think it was from the magical Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 table. Stripes are so fun to play with! Despite having to stripe match, they can result in some really interesting effects.

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

From the pattern website: This stylish jersey top pattern sits firm on the hips featuring back yoke, dolman sleeves and wide neckline with finished neck band. This simple pattern has only three pattern pieces making this a quick and satisfying make and is a great wardrobe staple for all seasons. Ideal in any light weight stretch jersey.

Isla top line drawing

The size range for this pattern is XXS (bust 81cm) to XXL (bust 111cm).  I chose to sew size Large, but should have sized down to the Medium.  In this soft fabric the top feels too sloppy on me, which is saying something when you consider how I prefer oversized tops.  It’s actually been rehomed already, but I have plans to sew it again as I have plenty more of the fabric!  The red and white stripes are great, and I like the style.  It’s reminiscent of one of my favourite knit top patterns, the Style Arc Sunny, but there’s just enough difference for the Isla to hold my interest as well.

Tessuti Isla top and Demi pants

3 thoughts on “Tessuti Isla and Demi

  1. I love both top and pants, so cute! The heavy denim did work for you. I’ve been wanting to sew up pants like these but I’m kinda hippy, so that has always stopped me.
    They look fantastic on you, great job!

  2. THIS OUTFIT IS SO DARN CUTE…! Love the shape and know they are comfortable. I have 1 pair of light weight (6oz) black denim ones, used OOPP….but the same shape as yours. Made another pair of jean fabric ones…my elastic was just too soft….I feel like there going to fall down, changing the elastic as we speak…! YOU will love the rayon pair….I wear my rayon pair for travel…nothing more comfortable….and your red striped top is perfect for your “lantern” slacks.
    Thanks for such a cute picture! With all the details!

  3. Those pants are fab!!! And in my world, red is a neutral so that shirt is everything.
    I’ve muslined the eva dress but I just can’t figure out what fabric I want to use. I need a new formalish dress to wear for performances, I wonder if the Tessuti eva will fit the bill???

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