As many of you may know by now, I do things in "spurts". Wait, that didn't really sound right. What I mean, is that I do one thing for several weeks and get over that and go on to something else. I'd like to think it really keeps me creative, so to speak. Actually I get bored easily. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I make jewelry, I crochet, knit and do various type of needle work. Recently I've been posting pictures of watercolor paintings. Well, this week I got the sewing bug, mostly because it's frustrating that off the rack clothes seldom fit. Recently I have found several items at Hamrick's that do fit really well and I wanted to duplicate them in a fabric of my choice.
Before going to shop for fabric, I took to the basement to dig through my stash. I knew I had some really pretty print rayon (thank you Peri) that would make a cute pair of shorts/culottes so I found that and then went to the internet to find out how to convert a shorts pattern (which I had) to a culotte pattern (which I did not have). I found a site through Pinterest redesigning children's shorts, and adapted it to my own adult sized shorts pattern.
Next, I took the actual blouse that had the sleeves that I wanted, and placed it down on a sheet of tissue paper and drew out my own sleeve pattern. Shucks, if it doesn't work, I'll make it sleeveless. Never know till you try, right? (By the way this fabric is so pretty with silver glitter actually on the surface)
After sewing and pressing and learning a different sewing machine as I went, I came up with this...
The shorts turned out so comfy (with their elastic waist and roomy pockets) that I have been wearing them everyday. Good thing I went to Joann's and got a bunch more fabric, right?
The blouse is a bit wider in the neckline than I had anticipated, but it was so pretty that I actually paired it with black slacks and wore it to church today.
Well, that's all for now. Hope everyone is having a good Spring, because Summer is right around the corner.