I’ve been working on my summer vacation wardrobe
and shorts were definitely on the menu!
I’m not sure if my outfit is exactly a playsuit, but both patterns are definitely reminiscent of the 1950’s and are perfect to wear whilst participating in playful activities! My top is the lovely Bronte knit top from Jennifer Lauren Vintage. I was looking for a cute knit top pattern and voila!, there was Melissa sporting a fab one! So I definitely had to have one!
This was only the second knit top that I’ve sewn and my first pattern from Jennifer Lauren. I have to say that it went together perfectly and it’s a beautifully designed pattern with great instructions. I really can’t wait to make another one! Actually, I can’t wait to make 10 more! This is my favorite top that I’ve made!
The fabric I used is a cotton/poly blend ponte knit from Fabric Mart in a green/black stripe. I have to thank T and Jenny for inspiring me to start wearing stripes more often. What is that they say? “Curvy girls shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes.” Oh well! I’m breaking the rules and doing it! And I shall do it again!
I found these fab green and black buttons at Joann’s and although they aren’t the exact shade of green, I think they go together nicely. Honestly, while I sewing this, I was afraid I was going to look like Freddy Krueger (or maybe the Wicked Witch of the West?!) with the bold stripes and if I do, I guess I don’t care!
I really like the way that this top goes together and I’m pretty sure that this will be my go-to pattern for knit tops. I graded this top up to a size 22.
My shorts are Katy & Laney’s tap shorts in View C.
I was a pattern tester for K&L’s first design of the shorts and after two muslins I decided to give up as they just did not work for me. It had nothing to do with the pattern drafting, it’s just that the design didn’t work well for my body shape. Those front pleats were very unflattering on me and accentuated my belly area, so I decided to opt out of the blog tour. My first muslin is the striped pair which is a mystery fabric from a Fabric Mart bundle (it appears to be kind of a poly/cotton blend). The green one is a twill from Joann’s. They are pretty wrinkled from being thrown in my UFO box….
And yes… there was a kitty sitting on the table when I was taking those shorts photos. 🙂
However, K&L worked on their design after receiving feedback and added a straight short pattern. So once they had tweaked it and sent out a final version, I decided to try it again and I sure am glad I did, because I LOVE THEM.
These shorts are made of an eggplant stretch cotton sateen from Joann’s. I used the purple cotton lawn from my recent nightgown for the pocket interior. As these shorts are fitted and I wanted a bit more room, I graded up to a size 22, adding a little bit more room in the belly area when I was grading the front pattern piece. My efforts seemed to work out well in the end and I think I achieved the effect that I was looking for, although I think I’d recommend a heavier weight bottom weight than I used.
This was actually the first time that I have put a fly in. Mine does not look perfect, but it does the job. The only pants/shorts I’ve made thus far were pajama pants with an elastic waist. I wear dresses and skirts nearly every day and honestly cannot remember the last the time that I wore jeans…. so this is a new frontier to me. I made a button tab closure on the waistband and even put an interior button on the other side like my husbands’ khakis have.
Honestly, I have approximately two pairs of shorts in my wardrobe and they SUCK. I only wear them when I’m at home and working out in the garden. I would not wear them in public. But….. I’m currently sewing my summer vacation wardrobe (lift-off in less than a month) and thought it might be good to have a couple of pairs of shorts to wear that are not ghastly, especially since I will be hanging with some of my besties and I gather we will be out doing some outdoorsy things like hiking, fishing, swimming, etc. where such things would be needed. Besides this shorts pattern, I am going to try the new Vogue shorts pattern and see how that is. I already have a bright cotton stretch twill waiting in the wings.
Both of these patterns are well drafted with excellent instructions and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next because both Jennifer Lauren and Katy & Laney hit it out of the park with these two!!
- Top: Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte Top in green/black cotton/poly ponte knit, made by me
- Shorts: Katy & Laney Tap Shorts in eggplant stretch cotton sateen, made by me and pattern courtesy of Katy & Laney
- Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
- Necklace: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: Ebay