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Friday, June 8, 2012

Classic shorts and a 1980s Skirt


These shorts are another item I had cut out at the end of last summer. Does that happen to you? I plan ahead, cut out a bunch of things, and then the seasons change. Well, the length is fine, and being able to adjust the amount of elastic I'm adding to the back waist was convenient.

I really like this classic shorts pattern from Ottobre 2-2002-32. I did have to downgrade the size a little. One drawback may be that there are no front pockets.


And look! She has some new shorts to wear with her continuously-worn peasant top.


Oh, and I made her a skirt to match the top, too.


Sara was short on basic skirts, and this denim one should be a very basic wardrobe staple. Not that I actually plan out my poor 8 year olds' wardrobe, but denim matches everything, right?



The pockets extend upward to create belt loops. Except I wasn't following the instructions carefully enough, apparently, so they are really just stitched-down pocket extensions. The turned under belt loops pieces, along with waistband and seam allowances created about 10 layers of denim, so I was concentrating more on keeping my needle intact than functional belt loops.


The back has a kick pleat and patch pockets.


The skirt has a definite 70's vibe to me, but the pattern, McCall's 8650, is from 1983. The other skirts on the envelope do look more 80's.

Now, doesn't the skirt remind you of this "70's style" BurdaStyle pattern from 10-2010-119?




School's out, and when our daily life isn't consumed by, well, daily life, we are out hiking, birding, and canoeing.


Here we're having a picnic at one of the beaches on our lake. Peter and Sara were sitting across from me when it struck me that they look nearly identical - boy and girl versions, I guess.


Above, Peter's kayaking across the lake. For such a tiny person, he has a powerful and coordinated stroke and I like it when he's in the front of my canoe! It takes us about a half hour to paddle across the lake the short way - depending on the wind and who's paddling where.

Below, I'm canoeing with my Alex, 2nd son. He tends to "take in the the scenery" a bit more when paddling, so I get a lot more exercise (:



16 comments:

  1. Your holidays make me so envious - paradise :-)
    I saw the shorts initially & thought they were grown up shorts, makingme think how I'd love a pair like that! As always your makes are so professional & your family must be the best dressed!

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    1. Bath sounds like paradise to me (:

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  2. So envious of your summer holidays - sounds great. Shorts and skirt look great. I still have an extra pair of DD's shorts cut out from last summer too.

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    1. This summer, I hope to finish everything I cut out last summer, heh!

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  3. Luckily, denim does go with everything! At least in my world.:) Cute shorts and skirt. I keep meaning to try that shorts pattern out...perhaps this year.

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    1. It's a good pattern - and it's just like the women's shorts in that issue, without the interesting front pockets.

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  4. Denim does go with everything. Both items are really lovely and well made. Great holiday pics:-)

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    1. Thanks! We went to the beach again today for a couple of hours. It's handy to live near by.

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  5. The canoeing looks like so much fun!
    You make some very nice kids clothes. You must have the chicest kids on the block! :-)

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    1. Thanks! Canoeing's fun and good exercise. I don't know about chicest, but they certainly have the best "fitting" clothes, hehe.

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  6. Cute denim skirt! I love pockets that extend into belt loops. The canoeing adventures look like fun! Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Thanks! I like the unique pockets, too. And we hope to get a lot of canoeing in this summer.

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  7. I do love that her skirt is a miniature version of the Burda. You should wear them on the same day. Heh. The shorts are so nice! I would love a pair for myself like that. Just need to figure out the horror that is the fly front...

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    1. To be clear, YOUR fly front is not a horror, it is gorgeous. The sewing of a fly front is my personal nightmare.

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    2. I do have the Burda version on my list - it'll probably be corduroy. And trust me, my first trouser flies were horrors!

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  8. Denim and red are such a perfect color combination. I would have loved these as a little girl. Your summer activities sound and look so fun!

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