This past week I was going through my Summer shorts, and was supremely bored with all of my basic styles. While I normally wear the khakis and jeans without thought, they all just seamed a little too restrictive and uncomfortable. I am sure it was just my mood last week, after all – I completely repainted my studio, a downstairs bathroom, and ordered some basic chairs and wall paper for another room. (Asserting a small semblance of control in the upheaval that is our home under construction.) But going through my Summer shorts, I just wanted something FUN. Something that would simply make me happy to throw on with a t-shirt, lightweight sweater, or button up. Something that said, ‘HELLO SUMMER!’.
So I raided my fabric stash looking through my fave fabrics pile. (You know, that pile of fabric that you keep aside knowing that you want to make something awesome with it…someday?) Well, this fabric by Carrie Bloomston – Squares Story for Windham Fabrics – was in that pile for me. There was something about this line that rang so true for me, reaching through to the heartstrings. The Story fabric line is all about telling your own personal STORY, whether that is your language spoken, native country, the family you were raised with, or your own personal motto. It represents your community, connections, and the essentials of life…the building blocks of your personal narrative. And I can’t imagine anything more personal than taking a fabric that speaks right to your heart, and turning it into a unique creation that is made just for you.
It was time to make my story with this fabric, and bring some joy and fun into my monotonous Summer shorts selection.
Pleated Shorts 06/2016 #110A
MAKE THIS LOOK:
- Pattern – Pleated Shorts 06/2016 #110A
- Fabric – Carrie Bloomston – Squares Story for Windham Fabrics
- 3 – 4 hours
BurdaStyle claims this pattern is novice level. All I can say is, if I was a beginner seamstress trying to sew this pattern – I might never sew again. I love BurdaStyle patterns, but the absolute lack of instruction on most patterns require seamstresses to check, double check, and triple check their work prior to sewing to ensure proper construction. This pattern has a lot of details that go beyond the basic sloper, leaving it above a ‘novice’ level in my humble opinion. If it were any other pattern company, one that gives detailed instructions, then I might give it the novice level – but even then it is a stretch considering it includes a fly-front zipper and different pleat details.
While I normally love the fit of all BurdaStyle patterns, which is why I sew them so often for their ease of download and my personal knowledge of fit, I regret not making a muslim this time. For some reason these shorts are rather large on me. I think the pleat detail added too much ease in my leg and crotch area for my personal liking. Next time, I will sew one size down on the front short pattern (the back fit great and stretch perfectly over my booty).
I don’t know why they are pulling funny in the crotch area on these photos – either too much fabric, or I must have been standing funny or something for the photoshoot. I double checked after going through my photos, standing in front of the mirror in my shorts, and they do not do that in real life. The shorts must have simply been caught in my inner thigh or something and pulling while I was taking the shots (the struggle is REAL – ha!). But they do not wear as such normally.
The shorts are extremely comfortable though, and I loved wearing them around for the day. I totally curled up and went to sleep while wearing them in the movie theater for Angry Birds – ha! These shorts will definitely be on rotation this Summer. Great comfy shorts to pair with a slouchy Tee or tank.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…