Papercut Patterns - Pleated Shorts 1007
Coloured shorts are so hot right now! They're popping up everywhere. So many clothing labels are jumping on this trend and I am all for it. Anyone who has followed my blog for any reasonable length of time would know that I am all about colour and live by the motto 'more is more'.
Last year my younger sister (who also loves colour) and I ducked off to Sydney for a long weekend. After wandering around a cute little shop in Surrey Hills the shop attendant commented to my sister, 'You're not from around here are you?...... I mean that in a good way'. My sister and I spent the next hour scrutinizing our outfits and the outfits of all the other people wandering the streets. We were a little stumped. Maybe it was the hot pink metalicus scarf, the blonde hair and the oversized hoop earrings. Whatever it was, we must have looked different. Too much colour perhaps? Is that really possible? I didn't think we looked different enough to stand out. Other people were wearing colour too. I guess we'll never really know.
Anyway, back to the yellow shorts...
I'm not going to go into too much detail about my alterations as I used an existing toile. If you're interested you can read about it here (Version 1). My toile was not perfect but good enough. I still need to work on the front fly area as there is way too much fabric pooling at the CF.
This version was made using a stretch cotton from Emma One Socks. It was kindly gifted to me from my sister Katherine. It's actually the leftovers from the fabulous peplum shorts she made a few months ago. I'm not actually a fan of stretch fabric on my bottom-half but couldn't resist the colour. To overcome this, I lined the shorts with bemberg rayon lining also purchased from Emma One Sock. To avoid additional unwanted stretch, I used a non-stretch woven as the waistband facing. I also interlined the waistband with calico. The waistband is bound with white bias binding.
I'm kinda loving the bright yellow paired with the turquoise. It really makes the whole outfit pop.
After half a day's wear I feel that the shorts are a tad too big. I think I need to remove 3cm from the waistband and sew down the pleats....don't you hate having to revisit an already completed project (sigh).