Daughter No 1 has been sending home the most amazing pictures of her travels, currently touring Thailand. These photos are making me want to go there myself! The sea is the most beautiful colour and everything seems to be so much more vibrant than here in the UK. I thought I’d show you another of the items I made for her travelling wardrobe. Daughter No 1 had chosen this Vogue pattern V9008 last year at the NEC. We (I) never got round to making the pattern up for the summer, it just wasn’t that sort of summer here in the UK. So when it came time to decide what she was going to pack in her rucksack, she remembered this shorts pattern. She liked the pale blue colour of the envelope, but not the pleated style.
We bought some pale blue cotton poplin from Croft Mill Fabrics to make view C. There was only one problem she had with the style, no pockets! It was easy to quickly draw a pattern for some in-seam pockets. I toiled the 8, in according to the measurements. I knew there would be adjustments, I almost always have to fiddle around with the waist and sometimes need to make a swayback adjustment for her.
I found some African printed fabric in the stash that I’d been given and knew I’d never use for anything else and made the toile. Wouldn’t you believe it, she loved the fabric so much she wanted me to fix the toile up and finish it off properly so she could pack it too! Someone else did that to me a couple of years ago…
As suspected, the sides needed to come in, dramatically, and I needed to take the back in more. I enlarged the dart in the back to make it 1cm and narrowed the back yoke to make it fit better. The side seams needed to come in enough to effectively make it a size 4! The pattern’s smallest size was a 6. The length was perfect. Daughter No 1 wanted clothes that would be comfortable as well as suitable for wandering around towns and cities. As you can see, the toile is now a complete, wearable pair of shorts with a zip and button from the stash.
Adding the pockets was easy and definitely made a difference. I don’t know why no pockets were included in this design. Where’s a girl suposed to put her phone, nevermind her hands??
I had also bought some floral cotton from Clothspot to make the short version for purely beach wear but she decided she had enough shorts by then so although I’d already started them, I stopped to work on other things, like that silk dress! The unfinished foral shorts have languished on my cutting table for the last few weeks, waiting for me to just finish them off and move on. February over at the Monthly Stitch is UFO month. Perfect motivation!
Back to sewing! That stash isn’t going to “bust” itself….
7 thoughts on “Life in Colour”
Lovely job on both pair, Anne – congratulations & thanks for all those details!
Good to know your No. 1 is safe and having a good time. That blue water does look inviting this time of year… 😀
Pale blue are my favorites, but the African print are also very nice! I like the shorter version better 🙂
Btw… I went to Thailand last year and it is a beautiful place.
Aloha Anne, Lovely shorts-all 3 fabrics. So glad you have a blog and share your inspiration and projects. 🙂
Lovely, lucky daughter!
Love those shorts! How lovely to have a daughter, and how lovely that she loves the things you make her.
Great shorts. You’ve inspired me!