First off, when we went to get these pictures, I thought there was more light than we ended up having. Got them home, edited and ended up with a pile of grainy shots. But you know what? I hate doing pictures, so this is what I’m sticking with. Let’s just pretend like it’s some fancy, old-timey filter the photog kids are all raging about these days. Or something. My standards are so low, guys. Sorry.
Anyway, I made shorts! And a shirt! For me! They are sort of nautical. Let’s discuss.
The tee is the Shoreline Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate links). Great pattern. Easy to follow, fabulous fit and drape. Casual, but feminine. I’d really like to try the dress-length option next. I made this tee to wear on the 4th of July. I just woke up that morning and suddenly had the need for a blue and white striped tee. The Need. So I made one using some knit I had on hand. I think it was originally purchased from Girl Charlee. I think. It’s super comfortable and I like that the neck doesn’t dip too open when I bend over.
I downloaded the pattern I used for the shorts that same morning, thinking I would add some new shorts to my new patriotic tee. But then I started feeling guilty that I was spending a holiday locked away in my sewing room, and that maybe I should spend some time with my family, blah blah blah, the shorts didn’t happen. But I’ve been thinking about them ever since. So yay! For finally making them!
The pattern is Burda Style Slacks with Notched Waistband 09/2010 #115, that I shortened to Bermuda-length. I didn’t get a picture of the notch at the waistband, dang it. But it’s there in the center back, and it’s fun and cute and stuff. I also forgot to get a shot without the belt, to show the way the waistband comes over and across to attach off center. Pretty much, I didn’t do a good job with these pictures at.all. But hey! Bum shot!
The fit is fabulous. Back darts and a curved waistband help with that, and I am super happy with how they look. Oh, Burda! You are frustrating to try to follow, but oh, so good at fit and details! Speaking of all that, see my little welt pocket in the back there? I did it completely on my own, like no instructions at all! Just my brain. Kind of proud of that.
EDITED: I got super awesome phone pics of the missing details! The front tab is supposed to be clean, with hidden hooks for closure. I forgot to buy those, and didn’t feel like heading back to the store for hooks, so buttons! The back notch is cute, right? And the hairs on my bum. sigh.
The shorts are made from a white linen that my mom gave me, so is likely at least 30 years old. Vintage! Because white linen tends to be a bit more revealing than I feel comfortable with, I did an underlining in some…lining stuff (?) from Jo-Ann.
The shorts fit great and are so comfortable. I wouldn’t mind a few more pair in some other fun colors. And if I do, I’ll try to get better pictures. Maybe.