I have finished Rata’s shorts and first winter singlet!
The spotty fabric was left over from a skirt I made – my mum bought me the fabric for my 21st birthday as it was $35 a metre. But what fabric it turned out to be! It’s got a bit of stretch, but mostly it is an amazing cotton with a nice weight to it. The skirt is something I can’t quite bear to write off just yet, but it was worn often, almost daily even, and lasted four years. But at $35 a metre, you can imagine I didn’t throw any offcuts away!
I copied a pair of shorts I found in an opshop – they’re made in China, and I figured that they’d be super simple to copy as they would have been super simple to make in the first place! No waistband, no side seams, just zip-zip-zoom and you have a pair of pants. I traced around their shape, improvised on the curved bit, added a few centimetres for growth (and a side seam, as I wanted to use smaller pieces of fabric) and 30 minutes after I plugged the machine in, I had a pair of shorts. I even played pretend industrial fancy stitches by sewing the elastic in with a tight zigzag stitch. And I enjoyed that so much I did the hem that way as well.
The singlet is lined with an old thermal from Louis’ grandmother. If you look closely you can see I didn’t have much fun with the lining. But shhh! don’t tell anyone! That’s the previously mentioned yellow, soon to be leggings for all, fabric, which was a pleasure to sew. I’m quite a fan of my machine’s stretch stitch – I might get a little more into contrasts on the leggings.
Rata did a little jig for me in her fancy new threads when she came home from her Super Adventure With Bertie, and then we somehow managed to convince Louis to have fish and chips on the beach when he came home. It was my first f+c in Paekakariki for a whole year and well worth the wait.