7.23.2013

Butt Birds


I don't know what it says about you when you make a piece of clothing for yourself thinking "this is going to be hilarious."  Hopefully it's nothing too horrible because that's exactly what I did when I couldn't quash my desire to make yet another pair of Maritime shorts and I thought it would be hilarious to make a pair with a bird on each "cheek" (if you catch my drift).


Yes, sometimes I even embarrass myself.

The good news is that I didn't have to go far to get this ridiculously awesome fabric.  I actually purchased it years and years ago to make some new cushion-covers for a chair.  Obviously that never happened (and, in fact, we don't even own that chair anymore) so I now have many yards of this fabric to use up.  It's a 100% cotton fabric but with a thicker texture so that it looks like there's some linen in it (which there isn't).  Amazingly they still sell it at fabric.com (you know, in case you too want birds on your butt).


This time around I made a size 6 again but I slimmed the bottom of the legs just a tiny bit so that they're just a bit more fitted.  I also left off the back pockets again because nothing was going to come between me and my butt-birds.  And I made the pockets and the waistband lining out of some Anna Maria Horner voile left over from this shirt because it's truly yummy fabric.  Oh, and I used a button a closure instead of a hook and eye closure. Truth be told, I kind of like the button closure better.

Perfectly matched pocket.  Boo-ya!

I'm kind of in love with these shorts which is a bit odd considering that I never thought of myself as much of a "shorts person."  But given the crazy amount of sunshine we've had around here lately and the fact that I only work four days a week now, it seems like shorts are becoming a staple of my weekend wardrobe.  And I'm apparently not the only one who's noticed because on Sunday Ben told me "I'm kind of sad that the weekend is over.  Mostly because that means that you can't wear your new shorts tomorrow."


Sometimes he just really gets me (and that's why I let him take close-up pictures of my rear-end).

24 comments:

  1. Hilarity achieved - and a nice pair of shorts. :)

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  2. You are too funny! The shorts look great, the fit is awesome. Totally impressed by perfectly matched pockets. I think I might have a thing for matching everything perfectly, perhaps an OCD tendency. :)

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  3. Mmmm, maybe I should buy that maritime pattern and do what you did and slim the bottom edge as well. Love how they fit you! I just made those Lisette ones: super comfy but they balloon quite a bit in the front and the the bottom edge is a little bit to 'flarey', if that is a word... ;-)

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  4. Love these! And I agree with Olga, that perfectly matched pocket is amazing!

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  5. daaang on that perfect pocket, what attention to detail!

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  6. I love that fabric! I'm always a little nervous about using prints for shorts or pants, but these completely work. All-around awesome shorts!

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  7. Very impressive matching on the pocket. And this post is hilarious. Love it.

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  8. HA! Awesome. Love the birds on your butt, they fit great, you look great. BOOM.

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  9. Anonymous23.7.13

    Really beautiful!!!
    Latosca

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  10. Butt birds has made me giggle!

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  11. The fabric world does not have big enough birds for my arse ;o) Still, yours look good :oD

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  12. Lovin' the butt birds! You must be from seattle .... Nobody else talks about the amount of extra sun they get in summer ;)

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  13. There have been a dearth of butt birds in the world. Thank you for being a part of the solution and helping BBOW! (butt birds of the world) get more exposure ;) Seriously though, great fit and such a good summer color!

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  14. They look great!Totally pro and really flattering. Shorts can be so cute or so ugly and these are definitely the former. I must must must try this pattern since you keep going back for more!

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  15. wow, i love this! and that pocket! so impressive! i've been into shorts, too, lately. i have four or five pairs in various bright colors. they're so fun. before that, my summer "uniform" was knee length knit skirts + a colored ribbed tank top. it was time for a change!

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  16. ps i think it's time for a new tagline, because you *definitely now know what you're doing it. ;) you're rockin it!

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  17. Funny. I needed a chuckle.
    on the shorts tip - I gotta make me some! Made it as far as prepping my paper to b taped. Not sure these will happen this year but they look like my favorite pair.
    Birds rock too

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  18. SNORT. Nicely played, my friend! (And friend's husband, Ben, too!) This is such a great pattern. Fits you to a tee. And I'm with Rachel - time to change the tagline, now you're just making the rest of us feel bad!

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  19. Anonymous26.7.13

    The site recommends dry cleaning that fabric. Is that what you're doing with your short?

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  20. Nope - I don't dry clean my shorts.
    I think as long as you prewash the fabric however you're going to reguarly wash your garment you should be fine. For example, I just throw my shorts in the washer and dryer so before making the shorts I threw the fabric through a cylcle in the washer and dryer. I hope that helps!

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  21. You had me at Butt Birds, haha. Seriously though, these shorts are awesome, and the fit is perfect! You should draft some legs for this pattern for fall, you would have perfect fitting pants!

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  22. i wish i had the guts to sew myself some shorts- these are fantastic!

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  23. Oh, you are a funny girl...! I was just thinking I should make a mental note to master a shorts pattern for next summer. My sewing skills will have to increase a bit by then, but once I had a great-fitting pattern, oh...the possibilities! Butt birds...butt ikat...butt squirrels... Love your style, Carolyn...

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  24. you are do damn fun!

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