Hot! Bollocks to Buttons!

The Facts

Fabric: Light-weight military green courdoroy
Pattern: Burdastyle ‘Ruby’
Year: 2009
Notions: Brownish-yellowish buttons & gold thread
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: This past Sunday for pictures
Wear again? NEVER, don’t EVER try to make me. I would rather die!
Total price: $11.50 total   $8.50 for the fabric & $3.00 for the pattern

 

I’m really really really trying to do a good job on the first go of each challenge.  I don’t want every post I do to be a terrible story about how terrible it was to sew for the challenge, or how all the things went wrong throughout the whole experience. Really. No, Really…Yet here I am, poised to do just that. Debbie friggin downer.

And look at all the pretty buttons!!

See, I had a bit of a week.  I was all full of sewing excitement after the last challenge so straight away I got my unfinished Colette Beignet out of the dungeon (read: closet) and went to work with the hope that I would get ahead of Challenge #2. The last two Beignets I sewed last year–my first patterns–turned out fine, but I sewed the lining in wrong making me a little crazy each time I wore them out. Yes, I know that people couldn’t see but it felt like they knew.  Anyways, I was on such a high from Challenge #1 that I knew these red Beignet pieces would turn out right. Seeing as how the Beignet has a million buttons, I figured that it would be perfect for Challenge #2.  But wait, what is that? I cut the wrong size? No way…I definitely cut the right size?  Oh, what’s that? I cut them three months ago when I was thinner in the waist and hips? Shallots and oatmeal!!!  Whatever, I was committed and could use the practice.  The best worst part?  I sewed it up right.  I figured out the trick to getting a proper Beignet that I can’t even wear yet. Just my luck. Go, me, Debbie friggin downer.

Knowing that the Beignet was out for Monday, I sought out a new pattern inspiration that worked with the buttons challenge.  I had an image in mind for the end point: short shorts with tights and a tucked in shirt of some kind.  A quick Burda search suggested the ‘Ruby’ pattern from 2009. It looked super cute!  I paid the $3 and printed out the instructions and pattern.  When I got home that Friday I set in taping and cutting the paper and then cutting the fabric pieces as well.  This is when things went a bit haywire…again.

Loving the mild Chicago winter!

You see, the ‘Ruby’ directions are pretty much non-existent. Pretty much in that there are some directions there translated from German, however, there are at least two or three steps missing completely.  Like, for instance, the button placket that is kind of a big deal…nope, not even mentioned.  A google search turned up various posts by people who experienced the same thing and wrote up their own directions. The only thing is that the directions were for these individuals, and not a semi-novice who needed some advice, hand-holding, and tear drying.  So, after sewing and then seam ripping and then sewing and seam ripping again, I gave up and had a glass of wine.

It wasn’t until the next morning when I had places to be that I decided to just figure the damn thing out on my own.  I’ve sewn stuff long enough, right? I can do this stuff using my wits, right?  Hell yes!!!  I figured out all kinds of stuff: the button plackets, the front AND back waist bands, and I already knew how to do the hemming the Burda shorts way.  I left for a four hour martial arts marathon, kicked punched and sweated out some aggression and came back to knock those shorts out…err, finish them I mean.

Who doesn't love a good snow angel?

In the end, they’re not perfect but I did my best.  They are too big in the waist and there are some stitching issues on the waistband and the button plackets. Still, I’m cool with it since there were NO directions at all. I just turned 29 and have this goal thing I do each year, so I am going to try the ‘Ruby’ pattern out again and create a tutorial for it that actually works. Maybe I’ll burn the shorts out back, offering a sacrifice to the sewing gods in hopes that the second pair turn out better. Debbie downer is not invited.

P.S. Taking pictures was really the highlight of my experience.  My man friend became my super photographer and I think they turned out pretty well.  Except for this last one…

Snow, it cold!

 

 

 

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Cheryl

Cheryl is a teacher, martial artist, crafter and sewer just trying to find balance in a busy world. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin she's now trying to fit into and explore the vast expanse that is Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. HAHAHAHA! I think I can safely say we all feel your pain once and a while. But hey, you came out alive, and hopefully better able to cope with the situation in the future.

  2. Oh Burda patterns… I’ve definitely been there! Although they may have been a pain to make, they look fantastic.

  3. You are completely AWESOME! I have heard that the Ruby shorts are terrific but a huge PAIN to sew. Congratulations for cracking on and getting it done. I am looking forward to your tutorial as I want to sew the Rubys as trousers.

  4. I’ve got to love any post that uses the word bollocks! They look great if that’s any consolation. And I also feel your pain, regularly. But what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger (and all that bollocks ;0) )

  5. I can totally emphathise! The instructions are absolutely awful!! Well done for figuring them out. I was put off ever attempting to make the Ruby shorts again! In fact, I’ve never actually worn mine outside the house they were so bad…!

    • Thanks, Freya. I can’t say I quite figured them out the way they were intended, but they worked out nonetheless. I say you should go for a second try, we can compare notes!

  6. Good work sticking it out! They look real good in the photos.

  7. Great photo shoot! You are awesome to brave the snow and cold in your new button up shorts. Sorry for your troubles sewing. We’ve all been there and done that! Live and learn eh?

  8. They look great in the photo!

  9. So many people have had trouble with that pattern! My blog-mate Tabatha tried them way last year and she had a nightmare with them too! Her post on it is here: https://threadcarefully.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/burdastyle-ruby-shorts-6005/ She’s done a bit of a tutorial on what she did if that helps?

    You’d think that with all the people who’ve had issues with that pattern that Burday would get their backsides in gear and update their instructions, wouldn’t you?!

    Yours worked out lovely though! I wish I had the figure to pull shorts off over tights (even over my own legs would be good) and you can definitely rock that look! Well done :-)

  10. well I think the shorts are cute….

  11. Oh goodness, I feel your pain with the feeling motivated from last weeks challenge only to have things go awry! At least on the bright side, you persevered and you’ll have a better idea of how to make the shorts next time!

  12. Oh wow! That sounds painful. I was eying these off on Burda last night so am rather glad I haven’t purchased them yet. May not be the best intro for making shorts. Will keep an eye out for that tutorial though!

    PS Those shorts are very cute regardless of the pain!

  13. They look pretty cool in the pictures and I also hate the lack of instructions in Burda Style sometimes.

  14. Cheryl, what an experience! In the pictures you can’t even tell, but I have had those moments as well and will never wear some of the craptastic creations again. They just sit in a box. Main thing is, is that you look super cute! That’s all that matters right?

    • That UFO challenge is coming up soon, maybe one of those craptastic creations can make it to the fairy-tale ball??? :) You are absolutely right (and too sweet) about looking cute!

    • I do hope my first comment went through…for some reason I can’t see it. If not, here:

      The UFO is coming up, maybe there’s some way for those craptastic creations to find new life! :) And you are right, looking cute IS all that counts! hehe, thanks!

  15. LOL! Great post. I feel your pain, it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in the “challenges” sewing throws at us! Great recovery though, the photos (& shorts) look great .

  16. Well done for persevering – They look pretty darn cute in the photos and I guess you can call them your muslin and the next pair will be truly fabulous!

  17. I loooove your photos and your story. :) Not Debbie downer, you kept your sense of humor.

  18. Go you! The Ruby’s are a hard pattern (I don’t know if you ran across my version, they have little crabs printed on them). I had to go to a store and look at pants with a button placket like that to figure out how to do them! Yours came out really cute, so enjoy them.

  19. I loved reading this. The pictures were great! The funny thing is that the project that I was working on was a huge mess so I ended up making shorts myself out of brown wool. I like the shorts and know what you mean about getting the fit right. it may look great but it feels all wrong. Great job!

  20. I felt tired just reading about all the issues you had – so well done for sticking with it.

  21. I can totally empathize with the lack of instructions. Made mine some time ago when I just started sewing, felt like pulling my hair out at some point but I still enjoyed wearing them. You have done a great job finishing the project despite the issues and your ruby looks totally fab to me!

  22. Oh, I started the Ruby shorts this summer and NEVER finished them. :( I might have to struggle through them for the UFO challenge. We’ll see…I don’t have much hope for them though…

  23. LOVE these pictures! You look like you are having so much fun!! Burdastyle patterns make me so crazy with their lack of instructions – I always have to psych myself up in order to try one! And you are most definitely not a Debbie Downer – this post was Debbie Delightful if anything ;)

  24. I think they turned out a treat, if instructions are hard to follow I often ditch them and just go for it. I LOVE your winter white photos, something we never get down under, in our parts anyway. Well done.

    • Thank you, Kazz! If (when) I find myself in a similar situation I am going to channel my inner Kazz ;)

      If I could send you some snow I would. Your mentioning reminded me of my college neighbor who was from Brisbane and never experienced snow. We had a freak snow storm in late March (we were in the UK) and the poor thing didn’t know what to do with herself. Best night ever though as we made snow men and started a snowball war with the next street over. Man..great times…Thanks for that! :)

  25. Hey, they look fine from here, and you’ll def conquer them next time! If this is Debbie Downerville, then I’d love to sit in on a history lesson where you’re cheerleading the past for students. Must be a riot!

    • Thanks, Lavender! It is definitely a riot, I do love my day job! Gotta get those kids to understand that quirky-weirdness is actually cool…at least the older you get! ;)