Summer Shorts

I feel so ashamed to be writing this as I have neglected this blog to the point of extinction. I must confess that I had been considering abandoning it altogether.

Life has been choatic, busy beyond belief and crazy. Something has had to give. Work, study and the kids had prority.  The need to sew and create came close on their heels but would have been the next thing to go. Housework was haphazard and rushed. The obvious thing to drop seemed to be the photographing and blogging. So dropped it was.

I still tried to keep up with my favourite sites and watching other people’s creations on flickr and Crafty Mamas but felt curiously more detached from it all without posting my own creations. Somehow I felt less involved without sharing myself.

Rest assured I continued to sew. Not as much, and often not as elaborate but I still sewed. I sometimes even photographed. Not very well I must say, looking at the photos just recently. But at least I still tried, thinking life may settle to the point where I could start posting here again.

Now the Christmas dust has settled, school has started back, the university papers are over and there is a semblance of routine in our lives again. Maybe I can sneek a little time here and there to process photos and post. This is still going to be one busy year. Lucas has just started High School and now travels the 35km into town and back each day. I still have over 250 hours of practical work to do for my diploma and Mick’s new business is busier than ever.

Enough. Here’s some of the shorts I made for Elsa’s summer wardrobe:

Ice cream shorts from Oliver and S. I’ve never been that sure about this pattern. But have loved the finished article. Such a clever pattern with a lovely finish. Elsa’s only regret is they don’t have pockets.

These are a soft light denim linied with a soft cotton shirting. I had real trouble getting the facing to sit right and made a bit of a hash of one side:

I was so upset with myself that I made another pair straight away to practice the technique:

These are a lovely silky feeling linen from the Fabric Store in Wellington I bought as an off cut. Just heavenly. The colour is a gorgeous purplish brown. Much happier with these facings! I think in future I might try inserting piping to keep that turnover even. Ever tried it?

Here’s the back showing the scrap of Nano Iro double guaze I used to line the waistband. Wow, this stuff is seriously addictive. I have as yet resisted buying any more but I can’t tell you how much willpower that has taken!

Here’s the two pairs together. ‘Fraid I haven’t got any modelled shots at all.

These have been well worn this summer. Such a worthwhile sew.

Pattern: Class picnic Shorts, Oliver and S




2 thoughts on “Summer Shorts

  1. Good to see you are back! I have missed your blog updates 🙂 I love, love, love these shorts. I want a pattern in my size! LOL I know what you mean about letting a blog go. I have pondered that thought myself from time to time. It is fun but also can be work in addition to everything else. My son has one more year in middle school before high school after he finishes out this year.

    • Aww. Thank you Shirley. I’ve missed being here, too, but it’s just been too difficult these past months. The transition to high school hasn’t been anywhere near as tough as I thought it might be. He’s loving the challenge – it’s just tough for me to let him go that little bit more!
      You’ve been doing some lovely sewing the past little while. I’m quite taken with that Penny tunic pattern. Very flattering cut!

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