Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sewing: Sound of Music Colette Iris shorts

You know how with time/age you figure out what you like [to wear] and what suits you. I like to think I have a fairly good idea, with margins for a few "What was I thinking?"

However, one thing that remains in the 'just-don't-know' zone is shorts.

I have a weakness for Daisy Dukes (I know, superclassy), but proper shorts, i.e. something that was made to be shorts rather than cut off trousers...I never really went there.

Until I impulse bought the Colette Iris shorts pattern. (I alluded to them in a post last year, now finally pictures!) In a haberdashery shop in an adorable Somerset town I was drawn to this pattern like a moth to a flame.

But when I came home with it the momentary attraction had worn off and I didn't have any fabric suitable for making shorts. That could have been the end of this story.

However, luckily my eyes fell on some old floral curtains. And I just had one of those "Why the hell not?" moments.

So the curtains got washed, dried on the line in the summer wind, and then the sewing began.

The shorts look a bit like a hippie unicorn threw up on them, but I kind of like it.

Aren't those pockets neat? I'm silly proud of that little achievement.
They are of course completely useless positioned where they are. The shape of the shorts would be all sorts of bad if they were actually used for e.g. keys/phone/etc. 

The idea of making any kinds of trousers was petrifying. So many opportunities for things to go wrong. But trust Colette patterns to be an absolute joy! No part of making these up was hard, it didn't take long, and they fit perfectly without any alterations.

So what do I think of shorts now? I still don't know. But these are fun, so they will stay in the wardrobe.

You will see that I have progressed out of my hallway. And straight into the stunning Oxfordshire countryside!


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