4. A Different Short

Pattern: Scallop Hem Shorts from Pattern Runway

Fabric: Cotton gauze from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics and some silk habotai scraps for the pocket bags

Notions: Invisible zipper and silk organza for interfacing.

Cost: Approximately $10

When I first started thinking about the pieces for my Winter Wardrobe Challenge, I had played around with the idea of making winter shorts to pair with tights. Originally, I wanted these to be very structured and made from a highly textured fabric. However, the fabric I ordered for this project turned out to be much heavier than I had anticipated and my vision was getting farther and farther away from me.

While looking around for some inspiration, I stumbled upon these beauties from Leifsdottir and I knew my shorts needed to be floaty and ethereal!

Although the ruffles are charming, I don’t (and didn’t) think my hips would appreciate the added attention. I still wanted to keep the overall effect though and  decided a cotton gauze would give me the texture I desired without the added weight.

As far as modificiations go,  I took about an inch/inch and a half off the crotch length. This seems to have solved my biggest complaints from my first pair but I still think I should go back and cut a smaller size.  For a unique touch, I decided to draft my own waistband which can be tied at the side. It’s a little hard to see with the black fabric but hopefully this picture gives you a better idea.

Although the shirt isn’t included in my challenge garments, it is made by me.

Pattern: Self-drafted with the help of the lovely Miss P (see tutorial here)

Fabric: Rayon challis purchased last summer at Fabric.com

Cost: Around $4

This shirt is quickly becoming my best friend! I call it my not-a-t-shirt-t-shirt. Although the rayon challis is a woven fabric, it drapes like a jersey but the greatest thing is it doesn’t cling like one! It’s also incredibly soft and just keeps getting softer with each wash. I will definitely be buying and using more rayon challis in the future.

I used a double needle for the hem and the sleeves. The neck is a bias-band edge that I learned from Lynda Maynard (page 26 if you happen to have her book). This is the first time that I’ve this technique it in a garment. The sewing isn’t perfect by any means but I think next time around it will look really professional. Also, I think I’ve finally convinced myself to take the time to properly staystitch. I staystitched the neckline on this shirt but I did it in one line rather than moving from the center to the shoulder like I’ve been taught. You can see the ripples on the left side that are a result of my improper technique.

Winter is approaching fast and the light is fading with it! Hopefully you can look past my noisy photos!


13 Comments to “4. A Different Short”

  1. I forgot to mention that I didn’t include the rear pockets in the shorts – I thought they’d be a little too bulky in the cotton gauze.

  2. These are adorable! I love the color

  3. Neato! Are these two of the aforementioned three garments? And did you get your hair cut? Your photos look cute and non-awkward 😉

  4. Hi Liz!
    I’m so excited someone made something using my tutorial!! It works really well with the fabric you chose too, nice and drapey. I’d be very interested in any feedback you have regarding how you got on with the drafting instructions etc.
    Nice job and GREAT blog 🙂
    Portia (Miss P)

    • Thanks for stopping by, Portia. I thought the drafting was really easy and very straight forward. The only thing that might trip up someone is drafting the neckline, however, I think this is a trial and error thing. I’m always amazed at how small a neckline can be and I’m still learning what measurements produce what shape. I didn’t intend for my neckline to be so wide but this is what my draft produced. Luckily it’s a nice shape! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

  5. Great job! I love shorts with tights and these are lovely!

  6. These are lovely! I like how you’ve mixed it up with the scallop hem, nice job!

    Love the challenge you’ve set yourself as well!

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