Sewing For Summer At The Beginning Of Fall


I realize that most of you all have moved on to fall sewing, but you should probably know that I live in a state of eternal denial so I'm still firmly in the midst of summer sewing over here.  Hence, the shorts that I just made.  For the record, this is my third pair of Maritime Shorts.  Why another pair?  Well, my waistline seems to be spreading a bit lately (I'm not pregnant - I should probably just make that clear) making all my pants and shorts ride up just a little bit.  The problem is that this pair that I made is already on the short side so any additional shrinkage is causing some real issues in that we're quickly approach butt-cheek exposure area (an area that I generally try to avoid).  So, it was back to the Maritime Shorts again, only this time adding about an inch and a half to the length.

I love how the length came out but I probably should have taken into account the fact that I used a different type of fabric in making these shorts (oh, when will I learn?).  The fabric is a cotton sateen but there's a bit of stretch to it, making the shorts a bit bigger than they would be in a regular woven fabric.  Because of that, there's a bit more fabric in the front than I would prefer, but what are you going to do?  After all, they're not exposing my butt to the world.   You win some, you lose some.

Speaking of which, this is what happens when you try to take pictures in the backyard.

First you get one photobomber, who looks so sweet and innocent that you can't help but give her a little hug.

And then the other kid hops in.

And pretty soon it's all gone to hell.

The good news is that Ben's a good sport about it all.

Hence, this awesome t-shirt that I still like to wear.  I'm pretty sure that I have at least 2 more years before my kids start to tell me that I embarrass them.


  1. Oh my gosh, you, and your girls, are just adorable! Remember, embarrassing your kids is not something you need to avoid, but rather, it's payback for all the times they embarrass you! Enjoy it!

    I like the shorts and the fit looks comfy and practical, just what I would look for in a pair of shorts.

  2. hehehe cute. and hey i don't know if seattle has the 90 degree weekend ahead of you like portland does, but these shorts are still very practical! you'll thank yourself next summer too. isn't it funny how woven shorts can fit so differently depending on the fabric? my two maritime shorts fit me differently too; my lighter weight 21 wale corduroy ones could really use a sizing down!

  3. Lol, love the t-shirt!

  4. Oh, jolly cute! And C is getting so big!

  5. That fabric is awesome, you have the cutest photobombers, and that shirt? Well, I'd say it's pretty epic! Where did you get it? Did you make it?

  6. That photoshoot is rad.

  7. Great shorts, fab tee, and I say let them photobomb away!

  8. What did we have kids for if it wasn't for the chance to embarrass them?!
    great shorts (and pins too!) and the t-shirt is very cute!


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