So, I've been sewing a lot lately. Which is not a bad thing, except that it means my house is not clean. Oops. Anyway, I'm pretty excited because I managed to make myself an entire outfit that I really like. I've stuck mostly to dresses with the occasional blouse or skirt, but so far, I haven't made separate pieces that actually go together. I figured it was time to plan and execute an entire outfit, start to finish.
However, as adorable as the tank top is, it is just a tank top. What I'm really proud of are my Sweet Shorts by Pattern Runway. I looooooovvve the scalloped hem, but I knew these would be a little tricky because they have slash pockets in the front and welt pockets in the back, just like ready-to-wear shorts. Fortunately, the pattern directions were pretty easy to follow, even though I had to get PJ to help me decipher how to attach the pocket bag in the back. Poor thing--he knows way too much about constructing clothing these days. He's a good sport though. My only other complaint with the actual pattern is the sizing. I measure at a medium in the waist and between a small and medium in the hip, so logically, I should go with a medium and grade down a tiny bit in the hip. I had a feeling that I needed to cut a small, and I went with it, which was a very good decision. I made these out of cotton sateen with a bit of stretch, and they are perfect after a wash and dry.
And we have slash pockets in the front...
...and welt pockets in the back!
I should probably confess that those back pockets are supposed to be single welt pockets, but the pattern directions use the metric system, and I cannot do any conversions or even be bothered to google that, so my measurements were a little off. And so we have a faux double welt pocket. Whatev.
When I first put these shorts on, I was a little surprised by how high the waistline is. I came of age in the late 90's/early 00's, and none of my pants hit any higher than my hipbones. Ten years (okay fine, twelve years) and two babies ago, that was fine, but things are just a little bit different (*cough, cough*) now. I actually think the high-waisted look is really flattering.