Sunday, 21 August 2011

Baby Blue, denim shorts

I always seem to lack shorts, and I tend not to buy any since I feel uncomfortable (self conscious) in most of them.

But even in Scandinavia, shorts are a big must for summer! Ie: problem.

A couple of years ago I found a pair that I really like though, a sample pair from Swedish brand Whyred, high waisted, rather tight, with short legs. I love them! Such a rare feeling for me to relate to shorts (love). I tend to just... not like them. On me at least.

So I figured high waisted shorts might be my thing.

I was thrilled to see clioscolors’s version of pattern 111 in the June-issue of Burdastyle magazine (found here). They looked quite similar to my favourite pair in shape.

I've already tried to make a copy of the Whyred shorts once, it took a load of time and I ended up not finihing them. There were too many pattern pieces, and I had too little time, summer was over and I forgot where I put the pattern.



Therefor, the option of a simpler pattern that looked like it fit just like the one I tried to copy seemed like the perfect solution: quicker and still good. That, I like.

Said and done, I picked out the last bits of scraps from a pair of sailor pants I’m working on (a copy of my authentic navy pair), and I had just enough to make myself a pair (it just happened to be almost exactily the same colour as clioscolors’ shorts). I used version b (06/2011 Short shorts with back pockets #111B)

Obviously, I omitted the back pockets! 

For once I used size 36, the size I should use according to the size-charts (it usually turns out too big) sinze I wanted them loose rather than tight, which was fortunate because size 34 would have been tiny! Now they're tight but not too tight.

I made pocket pouches and lined the waistband with a striped cotton I got for the sailor pants (them and these shorts are going to be like sisters!).  One of the more expensive fabrics I've bought recently actually, even the small piece I bought was costly, but it was the only possible choice for the sailor pants, I had to get it! I think it's the perfect match for the light blue denim.

Instead of buttons I used hooks and eyes, out of necessity really, since I had to leave for my vacation before finishing them and it seemed the easiest option to hand sew during a bus ride heading north!

Now I really like it, the hooks and eyes are more comfortable than a button (less bulk), and I like the silver coloured metal with the denim.

I’m happy with them, but I might let the legs down just a tad… they really are short!
















Also in the pictures: my brand new wellington boots that I got on sale and just liked SO much more than my nice but hideously expensive Hunter boots that I've already got that I just had to buy them (they were cheap and will get used); my striped silk/cotton sailor tee from La Redoute that I liked so much that I got a second one in another colour (also on sale); and finally the favourite corner of my balcony.

Herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, pelargoniums, dahlias and a magnolia. And above it, the sky.

That, I love.















Dahlia number three. Number one was a blackish burgundy, number two pink with yellow tips, this one a strange but gorgeous red.

I'm an old lady at heart, at least when it comes to flowers.

16 comments:

  1. They look great on you and I especially like the striped fabric on the inside.

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  2. That looks like truly lovely fabric. I can't wait to see the sailor's pants.

    Lucky you've got the legs to get away with short shorts! They look beautifully constructed.

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  3. Oh I love these shorts, they fit perfectly and your fabric choice is great!

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  4. The high waist looks great on you!

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  5. I love these shorts. Great effort. I have cut out my pattern pieces for this pattern... just need to get around to sewing it all together. Hope mine turns out some what like yours. lovely!

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  6. I'm with you--I'm not a big fan of shorts! I haven't found my 'it' pair yet. These look GREAT on you--such a lovely shade of blue too!!!

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  7. Your shorts look great on you and I love the stripey fabric as a contrast.
    Love your plants too - isn't it great to pick your own produce.

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  8. These shorts are adorable! And I'm a high-waist preferrer myself. I'm sure you'll get tonnes of wear out of these!

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  9. Hello my dear! Sorry it has been so long since I last visited. Your shorts are marvellous! I have to admit I'm still too chicken to try making my own shorts/trousers.

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  10. Hello! These look fantastic! Did you change the pattern? The waist looks so much higher than in the original burda pictures...

    By the way: any news on your felted dress form? I am really keen on making one myself but simply have no idea how to use felt and (more importantly) how to cut the pieces so they will cover the ducttape form

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  11. ohlala. Your shorts is the best shorts ever for me. I love all of your choice. Light denim, waist band fabric, hooks and eyes and high wist. I never had a shorts as a sewing project in my mind but i suddenly have. But maye for next summer.
    Oh, i'm curious about your dress form too. I really wanna have my own size dress form but not so keen on masking tape diy dress form. Please let us know about yours if possible.

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  12. Wow, thank you all!

    I need to runt to the laundry room and then get to sleep, so a quick note only, but I'm overwhelmed by all your nice comments!

    Lily: great to see you back! I was on a long break myself just a little while ago, so no worries… :-)

    Anonymous: You're right! I did make them slightly more high waisted. I think about 2cm's. I have to check that out and post info about it here and on Burdastyle, I don't want to trick anyone to lower the was because of my high waisted pictures… :-)

    Sue: Yes! My dress form! It's on a halt right now, I still need to finish the last bit of it's felt cover, and make a white cover for it (black was a bad choice for a pale white girl) in a more slippery material, the felt makes the fabric stick to the surface too much. I also need to put it on its stand properly.
    I'll definitely post a tutorial once it's done!

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  13. I love your Outfit, Shorts and Rubber Wellingtons are my faves, I love walking around in my Shorts and bright red Wellingtons even when the sun is shining.
    Julia
    x

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  14. I just made my first pair of shorts this summer, too! It's so weird that I have no problem wearing a short skirt or dress, but shorts make me feel, I dunno...awkward. You look great, and so do these high-waisted shorts. Dahlias are my favorite :) I fell in love with them on a trip to SF...they have so many in Golden Gate park.

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  15. I love your blog -- so well-written and the pictures are lovely. You mentioned hideously expensive Hunter rain boots but I believe we have never seen them or seen them on you. Please? We'd love to see how you wear them, what you pair them with!

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