Hot! The “Jazz Saxtastic” Ensemble

Fabric: White Pique, Striped Lightweight Double Knit and Dark Blue Linen Blend

Pattern: Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 2443

Year: 2010

Notions: Thread, Lightweight Fusible Interfacing for Knits & Cottons, Zipper and Ribbon

Time to Complete: 23 Hours

First worn: For Photos

Wear again? Absolutely.

Total Price: $41 – Fabric was $25, Notions were $16

My Inspiration Photo

Two years old imitating my father who was a Jazz musician.

This Be-Bop ensemble was so cool it couldn’t wait to get (swinging) sewing.

Unable to find vertical striped fabric, I came across the right color palette in horizontal. I liked the narrow stripes but it was a challenge to line up. The armholes and collar was a separate piece from the bodice and called for interfacing, so I was hoping the interfacing would give enough structure to prevent the fabric from stretching vertically.

The Jacket fabric was Pique cotton, something I had not work with before. It feels like Raffia and needs to be iron softly to keep the fabric texture. I edited the jackets pattern and just added an accent white ribbon with a navy stitched edge and I had to serged the Pique Cotton because it unravels everywhere.

The "Jazz Saxtastic" Ensemble - Kid's Pose

The "Jazz Saxtastic" Ensemble - Front View

The "Jazz Saxtastic" Ensemble - Sans Sax View

The "Jazz Saxtastic" Ensemble - Back View



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Sew cute! That is a pretty awesome jacket pattern that I may now have to try for myself. I’m so glad there are other people “of my era” on the blog AND that you take some pretty amazing photos : ) Keep up the good work!

  2. Awesome! The Jacket is to die for!

  3. A brave use of the horizontal Striped fabric. I’m glad it worked out so well. The
    update is swingin’!

    • Thanks Sue, You know on the pattern when it says by extra fabric to match stripes and plaids. I always wondered why they never explain how to match. I pinned that top 4 times and still could not get it to line up as perfect as I wanted it. I just winged it in the end.

  4. I love the entire outfit. The stripes with the navy and white are sort of nautical. Great job as usual!

  5. Aww so cute! I love the striped top with navy skirt, very cute and wearable!

  6. Ha! The sax is as big as YOU in that photo! How adorable!

    You are the High Priestess of ensemble creation, Krista. Always wowing us with your creative fabric choices and sewing techniques. Wonderful work on the jacket…love the striped top peaking out of it too.

  7. Thanks Najah but I’m do the little happy dance for next week circle skirt. I was up Friday night until 2:30 am sewing cause we were going to my brother’s house to shot the photos on saturday. I read your blog and had to giggle, I feel your pain this week. Did you check out the Times Square photo from last week’s challenge? It’s my favorite outfit I’ve made for SewWeekly!

  8. Love this whole outfit – great job as usual Krista.

  9. Thanks Taracat! Do you have a formula for a circle skirt? I’ve never made one before.

  10. Another winner! And the coolest, hep-cat kid pic ever!

  11. Wow, that neckline and the lining up of the stripes is really pretty/clever. And I’m intrigued by a fabric that feels like raffia…going to have to track some of that down. Thank you for introducing me to new things again :)

    • Hi Tempest, hope your having a great week. I like the fabric and saw some sheath dresses made of it on display at Saks Fifth Avenue. Fair warning, serge the edges, unless it’s just the one I purchased, it unraveled pretty easy and I had white specs everywhere. Good luck, can’t wait to see what you do. I bet a circle skirt would be great in it.

  12. I LOVE the picture of you as a child! And your take on it for this challenge is spot on – the jacket is my favorite part!