As a dressmaker who needs to be kneeling lots to do fittings for customers (hems etc) its very convenient for me to wear shorts and pants.
This summer I have made quite a few shorts, play suits and jump suits from various patterns. This blog is about the two I made from New Look 6446.
I had been given a new bed sheet set to undertake a sewing project and found I still had plenty of fabric left over. A single sheet and contrasting pillowcases. Yes I’m being like Scarlet who made a dress from curtains in Gone with the Wind ( my fav movie)
Though the fabric was quite stiff and thick now I was a bit concerned that after several wears and washes it might become too thin. So I decided to under-line the whole suit and it worked a treat. It almost feels like wearing a comfortable denim!
I used the contrasting pillowcases to make the binding bands, the belt and the hip pocket. I love the result! I jokingly refer to this outfit as my prison breakout because I don’t usually wear stripes and having been brought up on Elvis Presley I can’t help but picture him wearing stripes singing Jailhouse Rock. It’s funny what odd things trigger old memories.
I decided to narrow the flare of the lower legs and make the length shorter by about 10cm and I’m glad I did.
For the second pair I chose some thicker cotton fabric that I got on the clearance line in Spotlight with olive green and orange chevrons. I chose to wear these on Christmas Day for the family lunch and they were perfect. I made these pant lengths and flare according to the pattern and liked how they turned out.
I’m loving the strappy look for summer but it’s always a challenge when doing fittings on your self. I had to play around with the straps several times before I felt the length was just right and as much of the bra straps was covered.
More blogs on more of my jumpsuits, shorts and play suits to follow soon.
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