A Few More Stripes

Marine1With fall around the corner, I’d better increase the pace of my blog posts if I don’t want to end up photographing my summer makes in the cold season.

So here I am already, a mere two days after my last post, and with two garments instead of one! I didn’t think either of them deserved a post on its own, and I wore them together a lot on holiday, so I decided to photograph and write about them together, too.

Marine2The shorts were sewn first, the day before a five day trip to Italy, when I suddenly realised that I didn’t own a single pair of shorts since I got rid of an old pair at the end of last summer. Even though I’m more of a dress/skirt kind of gal, there are some instances when nothing beats a pair of shorts.

Marine3I leafed through my Burdas, quickly found this pattern that seemed both easy and quick to sew and immediately went to work. I had just bought the fabric, a navy stretch cotton, at Les Coupons de Saint-Pierre a few days earlier during a trip to Paris (yes, I was lucky enough to travel a lot this summer!), so I hadn’t stored it yet, and I thought it would make for a comfortable pair of shorts.

I made a size 40, which corresponds to my hip measurement, and I didn’t bother to make a muslin, so I was pleased to see that the fit was okay. Far from perfect, but okay. They do tend to give me a wedgie during walks (and not only during walks, judging from the back picture!), though, and I guess elasticated waist shorts are never that flattering anyway… Ah, well!

Marine6The pattern was easy and fast to sew. I mean, if I can sew a pattern in a day, it has to be really easy and fast. The only thing I failed to understand was whether the side seams had to be closed or remained open. I thought they were supposed to remain open, but when I tried on the shorts and lifted my leg, the opening gave way much more than a glimpse of my buttock! So I sewed them shut afterwards, and I think it makes the shape of the shorts look nicer from the front, too.

Marine4The tank was also made from a piece of fabric I bought during my Paris trip (this time at Sacrés Coupons). And it was also a fast and easy sew. The pattern is Megan Nielsen’s Eucalypt Tank, which I had sewn previously, but in a woven. I went down a size (I graded the side seams from the smallest size) to accommodate for the stretch of the cotton jersey knit. And when I tried it on, I decided to shave off a few centimetres from the shoulder straps.

Marine5I serged the side and shoulder seams, and simply serged and turned the neckline, armholes and hem, and topstitched with a zigzag stitch.

I don’t see myself wearing the shorts outside of very casual situations, but I love the tank, and I think it can easily be dressed up, especially tucked in a high-waisted skirt.

And no, I don’t think there is such a thing as too many stripes in a wardrobe!

9 thoughts on “A Few More Stripes

  1. super look d’été! c’est vraie que même si on porte plus de jupes ou robe, une paire des shorts en bleu marine est un must-have 🙂 personnellement je n’ai pas encore eu le courage d’en coudre, mais j’en ai trouvé des sympas chez M&S avant de partir :).. et sinon on n’a jamais assez de rayures dans son armoire :)!!

    • Merci! 🙂 Je ne sais pas si on peut vraiment parler de courage pour un modèle aussi simple! Et effectivement, jamais assez de rayures! D’ailleurs il me reste “quelques” coupons rayés en stock! 😀

  2. I totally agree with your sentiment on never having too many stripes in a wardrobe … however haven’t braved actually sewing any stripes yet as I am afraid of matching! Any top tips?!

    • Yay, another stripeaholic! 😀
      Don’t be afraid of matching, it’s a little bit time-consuming, but really not that difficult! When cutting, you need to anticipate where the pattern pieces are going to meet and take care to place the stripes accordingly. And then pin, pin, pin and pin! Depending on the nature of the fabric, I pin every other stripe, or sometimes every stripe, at every change of colour.
      Sewaholic has a tutorial, too, as well as a few other useful tips!

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