Hello everybody! Are you having a wonderful Monday? Is there even such a thing? Generally, when I have a wonderful Monday, it’s only because Monday forgot itself, or it’s playing a mean trick and lurking around the corner of Tuesday morning. What does this have to do with shorts? I’m not entirely sure.
It’s shorts on the line happening here on my little blog today! Shorts on the line is an annual blog celebration of shorts sewing, and a great way to get inspiration for your own sewing. This year it’s hosted on Kollabora
For fun, I dredged up an old photo from when I did SOTL back in 2012…..
It’s little Clover! I sewed her some Oliver and S Sailboat shorts with added placket details on the sides, and a Figgy’s Banyan tee with freezer paper stencil. Somehow despite the use of the ubiquitous blogger photo shoot fedora, this photo shoot fails to impress two years down the road. Guess I should be pleased that my photography has improved over time?
Ok, down to the Hawthorne goodness I have waiting for you
Hawthorne is rocking an assortment of fun stuff.
The Main Details:
I’ve got this really picky streak when it comes to sewing kid shorts. They need to have certain aspects if I’m going to get thrilled about them. Fit has to be great obviously. Sewing instructions have to not tax my brain. They need to have a separate waistband, and just enough detail to make them interesting, but not be overly complicated. If that makes any sense.
I love that they have slant pockets, which don’t take much time to sew, but add special professional detail. And the pleats. I love the pleats! A faux fly is great too because I like the look of a fly, yet know I don’t need to be throwing sewing time away putting one into baby shorts. Ok, if I’m being realistic, with my proficiency when it comes to zip flys…..time will be wasted regardless of whether they are a useful addition to a garment. Heh.
My only peeve is that the shorts are super long on my little guy. I sewed them in the 6-12m version for my 12 month old and they are clam digger length. NBD though because I just cuffed them and tacked the sides down. They can be let down when he grows. Boom. Style element with practical use.
His shirt was fun/crazymaking to put together. Because I’m like that, I decided to just dive into throwing bleach all over the good fabric without experimenting beforehand. It was a learning experience. Sometimes learning can be annoying, but don’t tell my homeschool kids….However, now I have a better idea of how to make designs with bleach.
As I watched the bleach creep into the shirt fibers, transforming the colors in a wave, I was reminded of my time in hair school learning about underlying pigment. Having witnessed enough people’s dark hair bleach down to red, orange, and pink, I knew all too well that you never know what’s lying under there waiting to be unearthed. Well, this gray fabric just happened to have a lot of underlying pink. And that’s as far as she bleached. And like any good spaz, I tried to make it go further and just made things worse. So the nice stencil I had going on in the front bled through.
My face looked pretty similar to his up there, all abandoned on the little wood wall. Apparently he didn’t appreciate how cute he looked on it. Y U no like perching precariously upon walls, Hawthorne?
It’s not that I really mind pink on boys. But we just made him a birthday shirt with quite a bit of pink in it, and I kinda wanted the guy to have something a little more dudely than all that. He’s a rock star though, so he can pretty much wear whatever he wants and call it awesome.
We just finished watching a certain HBO show (cough The Wire cough) and this shirt was inspired by it. We call Hawthorne “bubs” which is also a character in the show. Granted, that character is a homeless dope fiend who hawks stolen junk from a shopping cart on the streets….but in the end he’s one of the good guys, and he gets redemption.
By the time I was done torturing this shirt (sewing and ripping out the sleeves three times INCLUDING SERGER STITCHES) it looked pretty vintage and homeless, but in a good way. Hobo chic, baby.
The sketchbook shorts don’t typically have a back pocket, but I jacked the pocket piece from the incredibly cute button up shirt that comes in the pattern and just tweaked it to have a pointy bottom. The pocket was carefully, and with much trepidation, cut from a precious cut of cotton and steel mustang fabric. You don’t even know. This stuff kills me.
Somebody needs to explain to me why my BABY looks like a 3 year old pushing this cart around. This requires an explanation! The camera adds ten years? Hawthorne, I don’t approve of this.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you! Another installment of shorts on the line over and out!
This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong. Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex Fabrics, Hawthorne Threads, miss matatabi, and Soak Wash. Hosted by imagine gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.