I made some shorts! The pattern began life as Prefontaine shorts, but last summer I altered it past recognition. (Here’s the post, which I wrote exactly a year ago yesterday! Once again I’m waiting work in the fall, getting annoyed at the neighbours, enjoying wearing nail polish on my fingers – apparently one summer vacation is a lot like the last! :)
The biggest problem with summer’s shorts is that they immediately slide down and (please don’t picture this) sit under my belly. It’s not pretty! So after taking one pair in to get a better fit, I cut this pair to sit 1″ higher and be slimmer through the waist. Unfortunately as I sewed I must have used a larger seam allowance, because these turned out a bit snug! Once they’ve been worn a bit they are the perfect size though, so maybe it’s for the best.
The fabric is a cotton sateen from Fabricland last year. I just love the colours! I wish I’d bought more, because it would have made a fabulous Morris blazer. Mmm, rainbow bright colours!
The royal blue top is Grainline Scout tee made with french terry a few years ago. Underneath it is hiding something I’ve been working on: a Greenwood tank!
I bought this pattern thinking it would be the perfect classic tank. Maybe it could be, but I’m not in love! It’s designed to have a fold-over binding (kinda like the Jalie tanks) but I’ve tried that on two previous versions and each time it has massively stretched out the edge, leaving me with a saggy, baggy mess. For this one I just gave up and used my favourite folded bands, but the result is a smaller neckline, wider straps, and a less elegant look. I might try folding these bands under and coverstitching, but I’m feeling a bit uninspired!
Meg and Heather have both sewn this pattern with great success, so check out their posts too. The pattern is drafted so that the front and back are exactly the same, which doesn’t seem ideal to me. I think I’ll stick with my trusty Mission Maxi tank and a few other modified bodice patterns I’ve used for tank tops before. I’ve used enough good fabric already trying to figure this one out!
Have you been playing with any new patterns this summer? My next goal is to adapt something into a double-layer swing tank-top to make with some of the (too much) solid rayon knit I’ve been buying lately. I’ve also been hankering for a loose tank with a ruffle on the bottom – who knows how that will turn out, but it seems fun to try!