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Sewing Tidbits

Sewing Tidbits is the sewing blog written since 2013 by Delphine, the co-founder of Just Patterns.

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Short Shorts on the line - Retro Burda 07/2013

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Dear readers,This is so rare that it is worth noting. I MADE IT FOR A DEADLINE. Ok, at work, I'm pretty much fine with deadlines but when it comes to sewing I believe that I am cursed. As soon as I think about following a sewalong/contest/etc. there are 100% chances that I won't. Hence, new strategy, I make whatever I want and then believe that the sew along gods will align their plans with mine. This is totally what happened with Shorts on the Line! 2 weeks ago I was browsing my burda magazine collection for a color blocked dress (did not find) but then I rediscovered those seriously cute vintage shorts from the issue of july 2013. I'm not entirely sure what is supposed to be retro about them but I know one thing, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I've reached a new level of comfort in the daily Caribbean heat that denim cutoffs CANNOT compete with...wpid786-Burda-linen-shorts-5-3.jpg wpid788-Burda-linen-shorts-1-4.jpg wpid784-Burda-linen-shorts-1-3.jpg wpid794-Burda-linen-shorts-6-2.jpgAs you can see my ability to have any picture taken without a beagle biting my heel has considerably decreased over the last 4 months. Along with the one of making it with clean pants from the front door to the car, but that's another story. I also have to apologize for the wrinkles, which are the result of way more than 1 day of wear... (TMI?)The nice bonus about this project is that it felt "free". You may or may not recognize the navy linen I used for this dress, the pattern came from my existing burda collection (justifying to move twice overseas with magazines, yes), zipper and eyes and hooks from stash!wpid792-Burda-linen-shorts-5-4.jpg wpid790-Burda-linen-shorts-4-4.jpgRegarding the construction I did not look at the instructions but shorts are pretty straight forward. I used my usual technique for the fly (see here), the pockets are self lined and all seams are finished with the serger and then topstitched.My only note is about waistband, I HATE (yes hate) waistband. Especially the moment when you try to stitch in the ditch the wrong side folded. It gets distorted, it looks bad, stop me now because I can go on for HOURS. I've been experimenting with different techniques (I know Colette just wrote something about using the invisible hem of your machine but I haven't tried), and these were done with a lot of swearing and using the technique described here for shirt cuffs on which I plan to write very (or not) soon.wpid797-Burda-linen-shorts-11.jpg wpid799-Burda-linen-shorts-12.jpgwpid807-Burda-linen-shorts-13.jpg  I can foresee a another version with single welt pockets in the back because honestly, this was way too satisfying and eventless...Now pleeeeaaase tell me if you have a waistband secret (no hand sewing) that I have not heard about!!!

Sew-along, for real this time

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As you may have noticed, I'm not very good when it comes to following a sew-along (hum hum, bra-making... *shame*). But this time I really want to do it!! Let's pretend I don't have a bad record in this matter...When I saw the super nice 2 pairs of shorts made by Four Square Walls, I could hear the voice of The Old Man (who is actually my boyfriend, not my dad ;-) ) complaining about the fact that this sewing hobby of mine was not bringing anything good his way... So here we go ! I already downloaded the pattern and I plan on getting one of his favorite pair of shorts to compared final measurements to pick the closest size. I hope that the fabric store will be open on thursday so I can make him choose the fabric (he's picky). Also, I had a look at the instructions and they look great!!