The “Ginger” Shorts
Fabric: 1 yard cotton sateen, leftover from this dress
Pattern: Colette 1022, gifted from Ginger
Notions: scrap interfacing, four metal buttons, $2 from Hancock; invisible zipper $1
Time to complete: ~6 hours (most of which was spent on the buttons/buttonholes)
First worn: July 23, around the house
Wear again? Yes, though likely only at home
Total cost: $3
Like many of you, I participated in this year’s Me-Made-May. Having several new Sew Weekly garments in my closet, I was confident that I had enough items pledge four days a week. As it turns out, I did but, only just. What’s more is that there were a few repeats and a few pieces I wouldn’t have worn if it weren’t MMM.
At the end of the month, I realized that while sewing pretty dresses is fun, I really need casual pieces. As a homemaker, I spend a lot of my time at home, doing less-than-glamorous chores. Shorts and tees were in order.
I was lucky enough in April to win Colette’s Iris pattern in Ginger’s giveaway and it seemed just the thing to have for my daily activities: polished and long enough to be suitable for running errands and comfortable and practical enough to wear while cleaning or walking CoCo.
I used leftover cotton sateen from my stash to craft a wearable muslin and threw on brass buttons for an expected hint of nautical. A few crotch (pardon!) alterations later and I had a suitable result. There are a few things I’ll change next time though. 1. I do not recommend cotton sateen. This pattern needs a fabric with more body and structure. 2. I remembered to move the buttons to the outer end of the buttonhole to minimize pulling but, I forgot to use the keyhole style hole so, there’s still buckling along the front. 3. I plan to tweak the pockets to extend them into the waistband and redraft the waistband to open along the pocket edges, eliminating the need for a side zipper.
Oh, and I mentioned tees were in order too. Well, I had a few days before we’d manage to squeeze in daylight time for photos (we nocturnal this month!) so, I took the opportunity to whip up a super-cozy version of MariaDenmark’s Kirsten Kimono Tee. Unfortunately, the knit and the sateen didn’t get along so, I opted to pair a rtw blue/white tee with the shorts instead. However, it’s a great tee pattern and I highly recommend you pop over and download it (it’s free!!). I already have a few more colors in my queue.
So, nothing glarorous this week (ha! when am I ever glamorous!?) but, my two new pieces are oh so comfortable and oh so practical. Now… back to the frosting!
Have a great week!! x