They’re from the 3/2011 issue (you get a free back issue if you order a subscription) and they’re soooo customizable.
The kids and I sat down with the photo from the magazine and decided how they wanted them to function. Long, short, pockets, etc.
They only wanted front pockets, and this round we’re doing walking short length for Alex and almost clam-digger length for Hazel.
Hazel’s are a gifted fabric that feels like it’s probably linen or a linen blend.
They’re very light weight and breezy. She had her pick of the fabrics and made a good choice!
I took some pink grosgrain ribbon to trim the bottoms and the pockets.
The pockets are lined and sewn on top of the shorts making that much easier!
They have a cute mock-fly on the front.
It would be super easy to fold that part of the pattern under if you wanted to skip the fly.
Here’s a side shot after she wore them all day…
And there’s plenty of room for the buns…
The obligatory little sister matching outfit is just a onesie with a zig-zag stitched Z for Zoe and an elastic waistband skirt with pink Kona binding.
Alex’s shorts were made with some leftover Robert Kaufman linen-cotton denim from my Miette skirt.
I used the same variegated blue thread for stitching as well…
I lined the pockets with a cute black and cream gingham.
However, after just a few hours of wear, the seams started splitting.
Really, really splitting…
Lesson learned…while the RK linen/cotton is a great fabric, I should have made another Colette Sorbetto with the leftovers or maybe something with more give like:
Regardless, I’m really glad I found this out before I used it in a quilted bag or something. The linen-cotton does not hold up to any stress on it whatsoever. Even if I were to restitch the seams, or re-enforce the seams, the stress on the fabric is the problem. I suppose I could line them, but at this point, when they’re made just to fit…I’m going to have to call them a loss. It may not be the blend so much as how it’s done. The Aztec vest was made in a RK linen and is holding up great, and I have some yarn dyed Essex that many quilters use and is thicker feeling than the cotton-linen.
Point is, if you’re looking to use one of the linens, I suggest sticking to the Essex or the straight up linen if you need to sew something with stress points aka structure. My Miette skirt went through the wash this week and held up great, therefore, in a garment with more drape, the linen-cotton is a wonderful option.
AND hello, Ottobre FTW again!