The “Hot Orange Summer” Shorts
Fabric: Some white twill that I dyed Tangerine Tango
Pattern: New Look 6100
Notions: Zipper, Rit Dye
Time to complete: way longer than it should have!
First worn: March 15th
Wear again? Yes. Perfect shorts for summer!
Total price: About $12
It gets hot in Austin, TX. Like the surface of the sun. So this year I decided to make a mini summer wardrobe based on shorts and shirts which is pretty much all I wore last summer. I wanted a pair of bright orange shorts that would be comfy and colorful for Texas’ endless summers and I loved the Pantone’s color of the year – Tangerine Tango.
No matter where I searched I couldn’t find any orange fabric that was both the right color and the right weight for shorts and then Tempest Devyne in the Sewing Circle suggested I use Rit Dye’s formula for the Pantone Spring colors. (Thanks!)
So I did! But being the first time I ever tried to dye anything that wasn’t just thrown in the washer, the color didn’t turn out quite as even as I would have liked. I did the stovetop method but even with constant stirring some spots had less color than others. But I went with it and turned mistakes into features. You can see the pocket insets are lighter than the rest of the shorts.
I learned my lesson and next time my dying experience will be better.
I like the little tie belt with the shorts and I’m glad the fit was good out of the box. I didn’t have to do any pattern tweaking other than shortening the legs (they we’re much longer than I anticipated).
I know not everyone would feel comfortable with such a bright color on her lower half but I love it. It’s so fun and summery!