Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Itch to Stitch Birthday Tour--Angelia Shorts

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It's amazing how many beautiful patterns you've put out in a year! 
I want to sew almost all of them.

I chose to sew up the Angelia shorts for the Itch to Stitch Birthday Blog Tour even though it is October, which means that the cold weather is upon us. 
Why? Well...I had meant to sew them up in the summer, but never got to it. 
I have one real pair of shots that are starting to come apart at the seams, and we are planning on heading to Cuba in November. 
So, shorts it is.

First of all, the fit is great...I love that they are high enough in the back that I'm not 'plumbing.' 
Second, the details. 
I chose to sew up view C, which doesn't have as many details as view B, but still. 
I also chose to leave the buttons off the pockets since I like a clean 'entry' into my pockets. 
But, there is topstitching, drawstring waist, drawstring cuffs, etc. 
I did a little bit of extra topstitching in the inseam, just because I'm a fan of topstitching. 
So, enjoy the slew of detail pictures I took! 

Third, the instructions! 
I've never sewn a nicer looking fly. Seriously--I love how neat and tidy this fly turned out. 
I've also never before needed to shorten a metal zipper. The pattern had good instructions for that as well, though I may need to invest in better needle-nose pliers. 

So, over all a great pattern. 
I think next time, I'll first pin the waistband to the shorts and then mark where I want the button holes for the drawstring, just to make sure they're perfectly placed. 

Fabrics used are a slightly thicker than quilting weight grey cotton. 
The drawstring is ribbon--ribbon that I still had from when we made our wedding invitations...

Modifications made include extra topstitching in the inseam and leaving off the pocket buttons. 
I had plans to free motion stitch a flower or butterfly design on the shorts, but was afraid to ruin them or make them look too kid-ish. 
I still think it'd be a cool thing to do. 

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  1. My favourite memory is sewing barbie clothes by hand as a child while sitting beside my mom as she sewed on her machine :)

  2. Hi!
    I LOVE the pink top stitching with the grey fabric for your shorts.
    They are trendy AND very feminine. Good choice!!


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