Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The cutest pair of shorts... for under $10!

Have you ever visited Kings Street in downtown Charleston, SC?

Let me tell you that there are some unique shops there, but items can be a little on the "pricey" side. About a month ago, while strolling and window shopping with my daughter, we happened to stop in a little shop that had the cutest pairs of shorts in bright floral colors. We could not resist oohing and awing over what we saw there. .. But the cost, if my memory serves me well was above $50 per pair. OUCH! REALLY! For a pair of shorts!

So here is my version of what I saw in that little specialty shop!

I lined the pockets and the waistband in a contrasting yet complimentary fabric.

I used Simplicity 1879 and the pocket design from Kwik Sew 3614. I made a muslin to ensure the style and fit was what my daughter would be happy with. After the 1st fit, she did not like the tucks made in the front of the shorts that the Simplicity pattern and instructions called for; instead I turned them into darts. This gave the shorts a flatter fit in the front. There is an invisible zipper on the left side and the waistband is secured with a hook and eye for closure.

Aren’t they cute! Now that I have her design and fit, there are more to come in other cute colors and prints. I may just make some for me.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Graduation Celebration in Charleston (What I Wore - Butterick 4343)

What an exciting day! We enjoyed having family in town to celebration my daughter's graduation from the College of Charleston.

I am so proud of her! Now on to graduate school in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

I am on the hunt for a pattern that I can look to as my TNT sheath pattern. I have tried 2 patterns that have turned into wadders (Vogue 8491 an Butterick 5706) but with this one, I think I have a winner!

Here are the front and back views on my dress form.

A up close look with the dress on. I just love the floral print! It is so Charleston!

Here I am with my graduate and my marine! What wonderful gifts for Mother's Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How I fashioned my "Something Old Becomes New Again" Dress?

I am so glad I did not give this dress away! I received comments all day. It really made me feel good. As promised, here are some pictures.

I must do better than using my Blackberry to take pictures. My next goal... "How to use the timer on one of the many cameras in the house :)!