June is sure flying past at great speed. I haven't had much time to blog at all, but I have been sewing quite a lot. On the Stashbusting Sewalong 2016, the theme this month is Unselfish Sewing. When the theme was released, I wasn't sure if I had anything on the docket that would fit the bill, as I am a pretty selfish seamstress... but as if by power of suggestion, I suddenly got some semi-unselfish tasks - a few projects for my church and my first ever chance to be a pattern tester. Very exciting, but not blogable at the moment...
Yet, before this flurry of secret or unselfish activity, I did make a new pattern that was just for my own indulgence. The Purl Soho City Gym Shorts. Above is my third make of the pattern, after the fitting was adjusted.
I realized during Me Made May, that I didn't have any loungewear me-mades & I wanted to change that this summer. I also wanted to try my hand at pants and shorts... so this free pattern seemed like a simple and useful place to start.
I am totally in love with the pattern and the end result. It is a perfect stash-buster for interesting thrifted and left-over scraps. It combines colors and prints, which is one of my favorite things to do, and the finished shorts are really comfortable and flattering.
I had to tinker a little bit to perfect the fit because I was right at the edge between two sizes. First I went up to the higher size, and the result was too large. Here's a pretty quick and dirty muslin, but they are actually still really comfortable for being at home. I was so focused on pattern matching the stripes that I forgot to flip the pattern around, so it's the wrong side on half the shorts. Also bias binding and stretch fabric don't work together & it was too big, so I just trimmed the bias binding off and finished up for fit.
I'm looking forward to making a couple more with scraps of special fabric this summer. I already have a dot chambray pair cut and ready to go when I shift gears back to my regular fare of selfish sewing.