I just love Ottobre patterns. I would pretty much flip out if I ever was given a subscription. (Just Saying, Hubs, I know you read this.) So when I was feeling a bit grungy about some challenging and craptastic sewing I was doing, I decided to join in on this year’s awesome Shorts on the Line!
Ottobre has many short patterns so I settled on one I could trace and cut out once, but style and change differently with ease. The Bermuda shorts worked really well as they are constructed with three leg pieces for color blocking or layering effects.
I started by making some shorty-shorts with a wide hem in Lisette fabric I picked up at Joann’s. The yellow/white lines I had a FQ of in my stash. I don’t even know what it is. I am hoping to find some more somewhere, hidden no doubt, to make a cute little matching anchor I can applique on the leg.
I really do love this fabric. As a general guideline, I tend to prefer to make these “pajama waist bands” where you attach the elastic directly to the fabric over waistband casings. The casings can be fussy, bulky, twisty on little one’s waists. These are simple and easy, the way I like clothes to be.
I can be ridiculous in matching up the pattern between seams. I know this. It’s a sewcialist thing.
Above you can see where I am marking my elastic for attaching to the waist band. For many years I used pins to do this. I don’t know why. Sometimes you learn one thing one way, and it works, so you never pause to think: this could be done easier/better/faster. This hot pink writing pen isn’t a fancy frixion pen, it’s just your standard bought it at Freddy’s singer fabric pen which removes with water (or spit, if you’re that kind of sewcialist.) Sewing technique is very personal. You can do one thing seventeen different ways and get the same product in the end. I want to learn it all so I can pick and choose!
The dramatic lighting makes him look even more awesome!
My second pair of Ottobre Bermuda shorts I was a bit tricky with the pattern piecing. There are three pieces to each leg, increasing the length. I combined the first two pattern pieces to make the body and then used the last one as a fat hem. That is the beauty of sewing. You can just #$%! around with things until they work for you.
The frog linen I bought from Japan through Etsy, and the green/white fabric is again from my mysterious stash. The linen made the elastic quite thick and stretched out, but after a wash and dry it shrank back down to the appropriate size. I am so in love with my own creation let me just share a million photos with you right now!
Bar Tacks on the fly and mega top stitching. (No really, I top stitched every seam in these shorts.)
Getting sleepy and making three hemlines, of which one is completely uncalled for. Bad hemline, you should not be here! You are not wanted!
This is when things got a little funny. I was Up To Eleven*, and my sewing room has bad yellow lighting, and I used one blue rivet and the rest green. The pattern calls for buttons but I don’t actually own four buttons that match. I scrounged and used rivets that came with my snap pliers. They look good to me. The accidental blue one I might be able to claim is my new trademark design aesthetic for that modern editorial look. (Don’t mind me as I channel Nina Garcia…)
I always love learning. Curiosity is what drives me to sew. New sewing technique for round pocket corners: gathers! So easy, so fast, so smooth! Use your iron and remove those threads before you stitch though or you’ll be cussing up a @#$% storm.
Well, so they are a bit long. However they are shorter by 1″ than pattern design makes. Which, if I had made correctly, would be Bermuda Pants on my little guy. His shoulders and chest are pretty big for a 22month old, so I always size big and wait for his legs to catch up.
Sorry I have been ignoring you, lovely blog, lovely blog readers. I have been getting so much sewing done though! I will post all about it soon… I am off to vacation in the lovely, hot and humid Kansas so I will read all your thoughtful and inspiring comments when I return. Unit then, keep it up to eleven! (Which makes me think of elevensies, and snacks and do I have any chocolate chips?)