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Jalie 968: Shorts


IMG_4155It is finally cooling down here, (stop laughing!  90+ is considered warm by Sierraville standards) though for a while it was rather toasty.  Toasty and smoky, what with all the fires in Northern California.

Anyway, my increasing girth (Dessert?  Sure, I’ll take two!) created  a shortage in the shorts department.

I used my standard Jalie pattern (which I think is now out of print) to remedy the situation.  Fabric is a very well aged cotton from stash.  So well aged that it had fade stripes from sitting in the sunlight.

IMG_4157I cut the legs about 1.5 inches wider, as shorts don’t fit as close to the body as jeans do.  The other change I tried was using some leftover knit as the waistband binding.

The first try had the knit stretching as I sewed, so it was ripped.  The second try I used Wonder Tape to hold the bottom side in place, folded over the top, then stitched.  Much better!  Now it’s super soft and comfy against my skin.

I’m not sure how often I’ll use this technique, but I do like it.  The inside feels much nicer than a serged edge on the waistband.

Burda: 6897 – Finishing Up


IMG_3678I know, a post about snow, followed by a post showing shorts.

Makes no sense.  I am truly all over the map in my sewing.

But, there was incentive to finish things up, and get the sewing table cleared of all the partial projects.  Perhaps this is one of the things that has contributed to my lack of posts?  Perhaps the rest of the chaos going on here?

Either way, I present, for your viewing and reading pleasure, another rendition of the Burda City Shorts, # 6897.

The fabric is a rough cotton from the local home dec fabric store.  At $3 / yard, I doubt it’s linen, though it has that heftiness to it.

I made one alteration, which was to raise the pocket openings by an inch.  Big Mistake!  Somehow, this threw off the whole fit for the waist & tummy.  I have no idea why, as there was no change in the width, but change it did.  Ripping of seams, and resewing ensued.  Now they mostly fit, though not as good as the first pair.  I see pattern research in my future.

These will go in the amoire for now, to wait their turn come spring.

Burda 6897


IMG_3521These are Burda Style 6897, a pattern for dressier shorts.  I elected to make up the walking short length.  There is also a shorter length, though not short-shorts.6897

These are the second muslin.  I tape measured the tissue, then cut what I thought was the appropriate size and made a muslin.  Those turned out a bit wonky.  This second attempt is much better.  A 1/4 inch here, an 1/8 inch there, these subtle tweaks make all the difference.  There’s still one or two more to incorporate, but overall most wearable.

Hmmm.  Shorts.  As I look out the window right now it is grey, windy, chilly and raining sporadically.  The mountains have snow.  The little remote weather station says it’s a balmy 44 degrees outside.  It doesn’t tell the wind chill.

What ever possessed me to make shorts?  Well, these were started several months ago, when the weather was more akin to summer than winter.  The windows were open.  The sunscreen was out.  Shorts were in (ahem) short supply.

Still Popular


IMG_1782Since one top wasn’t enough,  a second was also forthcoming at Sewing Camp.  Another rendition of “By Popular Demand“.

I must be under the Spell of Spring, using so many bright colors in my sewing.  The fabric was from a local shop, Going Batty, which specializes in colorful, lively prints.  Yes, it’s another quilting cotton.  Bright green snaps.  Label placement where it shouldn’t scratch.  What’s not to like?

We’re supposed to be warming up over the weekend (80 on Sunday) so perhaps I’ll get a chance to wear it soon!

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IMG_1781It’s getting warm enough to actually wear this top.  Yippee!  This is one of the garments I completed at Sewing Camp, back in April.  Why does that seem so long ago?

bypopulardemandThe pattern is one from Louise Cutting’s line, Cutting Line Designs, called “By Popular Demand”.  I’ve made the top several times before, and the jacket once too.  I really like the lines of the top.  It has what are called saddle sleeves, which is basically a raglan sleeve with a curved seam at the top.  This allows the sleeves to sit nicely over the shoulder.

A lot of the patterns in CLD lend themselves to quilting cottons, which is a nice feature if you happen to live in a garment-fabric starved part of the country.  Or, if you’re like me, you succumb to the colorful nature of the local quilting cottons.  This print just called my name.

In keeping with the baseball-ish nature of the top, I used snaps instead of buttons.  Those with a discerning eye can  make out french darts in body.  This helps tame some of the fullness, so there’s a hint of waist.  A couple years back I took a class from Louise, and asked her about these darts.  Her response: “Good Idea!”  I have kept them ever since.

Rest, Repeat – 5857


Flora flaunts more Shorts

Another pair of McCalls 5857.  These went together a bit faster, since all the tweaks and twiddly bits were worked out in the first pair.  The way sewing should be.

It is very much like me to be making shorts at the end of shorts season.  These were supposed to have happened much earlier in the year, or better yet, in the Spring of last year, which is when I got the pattern.  Better late than never!

Modifications to this pair was adding some pockets to the back.  One can never have too many pockets!  I used an existing pair of pants to determine pocket placement, matching up the waists, then chalking in the pocket edges.

The second photo provides a truer color representation.  These are a dark purple.  Like the previous grey pair, this fabric was  finished incorrectly, making it difficult to get a prefect straight edge.  I haven’t purchased much yardage from the local Craft Emporium of late.  This reminds me why.

McCalls 5857


Flora says it’s still warm enough for shorts

These are McCalls 5857, a pattern that’s been aging in the stacks for at least 2 years, possibly longer.  The plan was to sew up several pair before the weather warmed up.  Obviously, that never happened!

Still, today is in the 90s, and tomorrow 100 is expected, so I shall get some use out of these.

I used the pants sloper that I made at our ASG work shop back in February to adjust the fit.  This meant that I could do the majority of the sewing without all the fitting and twiddly bits, until it came time to put on the waistband.

The fabric is a cotton twill from the local Big Box Craft Emporium.  It was finished off-grain, so even pulling a thread across the width did not yield a true straight edge.  OK for shorts; I would not have turned this fabric into pants – the legs would have skewed crooked.

The pockets are my usual leftover print.  I put the label inside the pocket so the edges don’t even have an opportunity to scratch my skin.  Simple Sewing.  Shorts.