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




A crisis of confidence?

A bit of a change in direction for me. I have a sneaking feeling that Elsa is less keen on the highly embellished Farbenmix look than I am so I’m trying to tone it down a little. Since I’ve been having a go at some of the Oliver and s patterns I’ve been looking at a lot of different blogs and flickr groups than my usual places and find that I do actually like some of what I see. Now I’m feeling very unsure about where I go from here. What is your preference?

Here’s the latest sewing- A class picnic blouse with added pocket at Elsa’s request and short sleeves. The sleeves were shortened as per instructions from Adelaide Lemonade here. The fabric is a really nice cotton poplin I got from Spotlight. I think it has a really Euro feel to the print. I teamed it with some puppet show shorts made in a cotton/linen mix from Spotlight also. I gained inspiration (very heavily) from the 3 hours past the edge of the world blog here for these. Instead of the usual gather on the pocket I added a pleat and a lace trim.














Patterns: Oliver and s Class picnic blouse and Puppet show shorts
Fabric/trim: Spotlight