Hey everyone! I’ve felt like some fun*, which is good for the blog as it means Tara Buster has graced us with an appearance. [Who is Tara Buster you might ask? Well, thank dear Roobeedoo for that – she found out that the French for “To badger” is tarabuster – or something so similar that I felt it described an alter ego so well & could not be ignored. Don’t be shy – You have already met her by the way, she just hadn’t been introduced ;-)]
Never having sewn anything like this in my life, I must admit to being super intrigued. Tilly and the girls will attest to the fact that it was these weirdos that caught my returning eye…
No.8 3 piece tuck drape shorts. Mature nappy? Mini hammer pants? They were just crying out to be made peeps! I just knew that they would become my summer lounge around the house wear. Just had to get my rear in gear.
The book was planted by my laptop, eyeballing me everytime I sat at my screen. I’d take it out, thumb through until I saw “the shorts” & then feel the wodge of pattern sheets in the back & put it back. Eventually though, the correct conjunction of the planets occurred & I entertained the prospect of making them up in an afternoon. Traced pattern, found some fabric (stripes for the first pair so that it would show what happens to the interestingly drafted pattern pieces & how that draping works). The fabric by the way is beautifully soft & light, bought from Jill at Itterations Workwear (of the Drafting Top).
The front – see the horizontal stripes (why thank you, yes, I have matched them pretty well, haven’t I?)
I have to admit that even though there are good instructions in English, with diagrams, it was nearly too much for my pea brain to process.
And this happened early on, before the shorts took their shape shifting shape. Eventually I worked it out & sewed the correct side seam (phew). It was the key seam – once this was under my belt, everything else followed like a good one.
OK, so I made a few tiddly errors, like attaching the waistband a bit messily & back to front so that the join is in the centre front instead of the centre back. And I advise basting that waistband before sewing due to the number of critical design-feature pleats. My overlocker did not make a good job of it in some places, & I will learn the next time. I also didn’t want to hide the elasticated leg cuffs inside these baggy bloomers. I think I could have made the leg cuffs a bit tighter too, by shortening my elastic, but I am just a comfy casual gal at heart & yearn for easy wearing clothes around the house that don’t announce themselves to me that they are being worn. ie keep elastic loose.
So these shorts eh? What do you think? I feel they are “very interesting”. And what I mean is that they feel wonderful to wear, they truly are my summer loungewear. I love the draping. I feel girly, which is a good thing in my book. Nothing wrong with girly. The grocery delivery man thought they were odd though, & I can’t see myself wearing them out of the house, although I may test them on my parents the next time I stay, as I can almost predict my Dad’s comments & raised eyebrows!
I could see them being brilliant for yoga,
Or some Ninja fun?
If I’d made the elastic a bit shorter in the leg cuffs they could be worn higher like a puffball pair of shorts (see the book image above).
Seriously, in a different colour, maybe in a deeper solid colour, I think they could be worn out in public, in autumn with tights.
But this is how I wear them ….I have become terribly scruffy I admit once I get home …but comfy as a snug one.
Now, do you think you’ll give these a go now? I commend them if you want to feel draped, girly & super comfy. And surely everyone feels like that at some point in the week?
*Why so happy? I have an overload of endorphins following a long run this morning. I tell you, it’s what makes me happiest at the moment. Or is is it really the virtue that is created by getting up early, running for two hours in gorgeous countryside then being able to feast on all sorts of yum knowing that I’ve earned it? You tell me!