Sometimes the idea is much more exciting than the actual outcome. But still matching, stripy pants and shorts are pretty cute
the pattern: same as these pants, letter o from Happy Homemade vol 2 in two sizes. This was totally the wrong pattern to use for the shorts, but the perfect one for the pants. The idea I had for the shorts was something more like this, but then I got all wrapped up in saving the pockets from the original pants (see below). The front pockets were nice, slash pockets, but the back ones, I discovered later, were fake. It was a waste of time and energy and screwed up my plan.
the fabric: those pants up there. They were mine, but I felt like a fool every time I walked out of the house in them.
the sewing: I didn't intend to get two garments out of one pair of pants. I was only going to make shorts and really to make the shorts I wanted to make--bloomers with a contrasting band--I shouldn't have made the pants. Oh well. The little pants turned out super cute and the shorts are fine, I guess.
The flickr pool is bursting with amazing garments, many of them upcycled ones. Of all the discussions on flickr this week, my favorite has to be the one about all our mistakes and straight up sewing failures. Late at night, when I'm screwing up every possible way, it's good to know I'm not alone!
2. top naii
3. raglan tee