The “White” Shorts
Fabric: 1 1/2 yards white denim from JoAnn, $15
Pattern: Colette Iris
Notions: invisible zip, interfacing
First worn: 7/23
Wear again: Yes, I think so.
Time to complete: about 3 hours
Total cost: about $17
My sewing is usually based pretty firmly in reality, with few flights of fancy, I’m afraid. I need to challenge myself more in the other direction. I do have several orphan separates in my closet, including this top, which fit me briefly one summer when I was nursing. For the challenge, I decided to fix the top and make a pair of shorts to go with it. The alterations turned out to be super minimal– I just shortened the shoulder straps a few inches. Why did it take me years to do that?
The shorts sewed up quickly too. I made Iris shorts for last week, so I knew what I was doing and didn’t stop to check the fit constantly as I’ve gotten into the helpful habit of doing. I made them without pockets or topstitching, just plain jane white shorts. The denim has no stretch; I was thinking that might be a mistake, but so far so good. I still love the Iris pattern. I never wear white on the bottom, yet I’ve found myself attracted to it lately, so these shorts are also an experiment, a “reality check” of the wearability of white. I don’t think I look translucent or anything. I’ll see how they’ll launder.
I feel like this is a very “mom” outfit, but I’m okay with that. Since I’ve been sewing, this summer’s wardrobe is so much better than last summer’s, which was just sad. My daughter, who is 5, took all the pictures, after some discussion and negotiation, bless her sweet little heart. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments the past couple weeks. I wish I could do a better job keeping up with and commenting on all the SW posts lately, not to mention my inbox and everything else. Come September some kind of routine will return, but for now it’s high summer and fun must be had!