Sketchbook Shorts

Mmm – a nice breezy pair of linen sketchbook shorts.  I don’t think I’ve made the shorts on this pattern before, although I’ve made the shirt a couple of times.  Overall, a very quick sew.

Sketchbook Shorts

Pattern: Oliver+S Sketchbook Shorts (Warning, if you have a “first edition” paper pattern, be sure to check the errata as there are many.) I’m sure the PDF version available now has ironed all this out.
Fabric: Linen of unknown origin – from stash; probably $12/yard I’m guessing?
Time: 2 hours all in.
Size: I made a size 4 but added some length for my almost 5-year old, mainly because I have not yet traced the next size up.

Sew Lisette Blog

I’m having my 15 minutes of Fame on the Internet! I’m featured over on the SewLisette blog wearing the Souvenir shorts I made a couple of weeks ago!

They do a feature on Fridays where they show people wearing versions of the clothes they’ve made. I’m trying to burn through my stash right now rather than buy new fabric, so I have to dig out the pieces I have which would be big enough to make a dress for myself. I’m dying to make the Souvenir blouse too, or maybe even the whole dress. The other one I want to do is the Diplomat. I have a muslin done for that, but it needs a few adjustments. After I’ve done my Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge I definitely need to do some summer sewing for myself.

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!”