Lisette Shorts

Is it obvious I am a little bit excited about the possibility of a warm weather trip in my future?

These are the Lisette Souvenir shorts made out of some Denyse Schmidt Home Dec fabric that I picked up on Etsy. I did a tissue fitting, so I didn’t make a muslin. My only thinking is that if I made them again I would narrow the waistband slightly at the back, as I seem to have that issue with some of the Simplicity patterns. I swear I will make a muslin next time! I promise! (I hear the ghost of Liesl Gibson in my head with that, because that was one thing she really emphasised at the sewing workshop… I’m finally sold and have some super-cheap $1/yard muslin on order…)

Lisette Souvenir Shorts

It was also my first ever invisible zipper, and I won’t lie – it’s not that invisible. But now (after much seam-ripping) I know how to do it, so I’m sure it will be better next time. I should add that the pattern doesn’t call for one, so if you use one, make sure to install it before you add the waistband facing, as the instructions are for a regular zipper. I used the explanation in the Vogue sewing book, which I was inspired to buy after reading Gertie‘s sewing blog obsessively recently. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the vintage Vogue book her blog centres around, so I made do with the revised one. I really can’t say enough about useful it is, as a novice, to have a reference book to refer to as you are making clothes. This book is going to be pretty indispensable I think.

They were super-duper easy and I plan to be wearing them all summer! I suspect there are more in my future. Also, I can’t believe I paid $40 for shorts at Banana Republic a few weeks ago… these ones are just as cute, and took only about an hour to sew up. Oh well, at least I didn’t pay $400, like this pair!

Oh, and the funniest thing was when I came out to “model” them to DH, P looks up and says, “Wow! Cute!”

3 thoughts on “Lisette Shorts”

  1. The look great on you! I’d love to feature you on Wear Your Style Friday on the Lisette blog if you’d be interested. I’d just need a full-length (ish) photo and a short description. Let me know, ok?

    And nice to hear you’re thinking about muslin. I’m glad SOMEONE is listening! 😉

  2. You’ve been sewing so much awesome stuff lately! how do you find the time and get it all finished? I always have half finished projects stuffed into corners.
    Your tunic is ultra-cute and I love the kids’ garments. That ruffle dress is adorable :)

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