I’ve been making these shorts for weeks now. First, I was going to make them to go to Boston almost two months ago. I needed a ‘club’ outfit according to my traveling companions. They also said I needed to stay up until 3:00 a.m. and that didn’t happen either…
Then, I thought I would finish them in time for Artscape and wear them out that weekend. But, that also didn’t happen. Finally, two weeks ago I got around to making the shorts and trust, I am totally looking for someplace to go because I LOVES them.
I look like I should be a Solid Gold Dancer.
The fabric is a Marc Jacobs laminated / waxed cotton/linen/silk blend from Mood Fabrics. At $25 a yard it felt like a splurge. But, shorts are just one yard and I thought these would look good with my skin tone. I would totally buy shorts for $25 and these are custom fit! I brought them in to the office when I was seeking advice on what to wear them with and my friends and colleagues *gushed*.
When the material first arrived I was kind of nervous. I mean, I’m in my late 30s. Do I need to be wearing shiny shorts? But, all the young hot things in my office told me they thought they’d be spectacular and they were right!
For this pair, I still omitted the front side pockets. I really just need someplace to put my Blackberry and ID. So, I made (somewhat) matching single welt pockets in the back.
These shorts could easily be too much. So, on the advice of friends I went with a simple tank and dangle earrings. These shorts totally make me want a pair in leather. Is that strange?
As an aside, I was kind of ‘mad’ at myself when I cut down 22 inch zippers for these shorts. I almost went out to buy a shorter one so I wouldn’t ‘waste’ my zipper. While debating this, I stumbled on this post from China and another from Panama. The zipper in these shorts were just 8 cents from Xiamen, China. Eight cents. A new 9 inch zipper from the store here would have been $2.25 easily. I was fine with cutting it after that. But, wondered why I didn’t buy MORE zippers then!
Well, that’s the last of my summer shorts project! As much as I’m wearing them, I can’t believe I didn’t own a single pair for years. I’ve made four shorts this summer — each with distinctive personalities. Working from one pattern to create multiple items was great for me. I hope to do something similar this fall / winter with jackets and next summer with capris. I’m glad I took this on. It’s quadrupled my summer wardrobe and I finally have some dog walking clothes 🙂