I watched the Versace American True Crime documentary last night, by the same people who did the People v OJ (which I l also oved). True Crime is my guilty secret!
According to the film both Gianni and Donatella were dressed to the nines at all times of day and night. She in her head to toe, tight black outfits, or gorgeous satin dresses, high heels, lots of make up and false eyelashes. Even in his night or beach wear Gianni likes wonderful colours and fabrics. I loved his coral dressing gown and sandy coloured shorts. Set mainly in Florida I started yearning for sunshine, the beach and a chance to run around without a hat or gloves.
So my next SWAP item is a pair of shorts.
I wear shorts quite a lot – although rarely in photographs. In our beautifully warm new eco-home I wear shorts around the house. I normally reach for sports shorts. Mine or someone else’s. Both my sons left their swimming shorts here, and I like wearing them: they are lightweight, comfortable and Gus’s have lobsters on them.
I know both shorts as housewear and watching American True Crime is bit down at heel and ultra-relaxed; maybe you didn’t see me a slob who likes watching TV in a pair of men’s lobster shorts? I like to be comfortable, the right temperature and suitably dressed if I fancy doing a few press ups or downward dogs. I had a piece of navy floral fabric containing red and grey. It is polyester and turned out bouncy during construction.
As I had previously had a disaster with a Style Arc elasticated trouser pattern I decided to freelance. I made a very simple pattern for elasticated shorts with a paper-bag waist.
it is simple enough to be cut straight into the cloth.
How to make elasticated waste trousers, or shorts, with a paper bag waist (UK 8-12)
- Use a piece of cloth that is 150cms wide.
- You are going to cut just two pieces. You need a fabric length of 60cms for short shorts, 80cms for Bermudas, or around 110 cms for trousers
- Fold into four lengthwise.
- At the top of your fabric measure 27cms from the folded edge to point A, and cut down to 34cms which is point B.
- Now cut a nice, crotch curve to the very edge of your fabric (which is 37 cms from the fold) which is point C. The depth of this cut is about 10cms.
- For trousers measure 22 cms from the folded edge to point D and connect C to D with a straight line.
- For Bermudas the width from the folded edge will be about 27 cms
- For Shorts the width from the folded edge with be about 34 cms.
- Mark you waist line which is 12cms down from the top of the fabric, on your fabric.
Here is a diagram that is not exactly to scale, but it is approximately correct.
The construction is very simple.
- Using French seams (throughout) attach the left and right leg at the CB seam
- Create the facing and elastic casing by folding over the top twice, to match the waist line with a clean, folded under edge.
- Stitch close to the edge.
- Create a second layer of stitches above it in the facing, wide enough for your elastic (mine is 1cm wide).
- Sew the legs together at the CB seam.
- Sew the trousers together on the inside leg seam, creating a nice round curve
- Create a narrow hem on both trouser legs
- At the CB create a little slit either side of the CB seam so you can insert a large safety pin attached to your elastic. Thread it through to the other side of the CB seam and pin together so you can try them on.
- Adjust elastic to fit, then sew both ends of the elastic together on the machine.
Now they are done I don’t know how I feel about the length. I always like trying something new and I think these are quite fun, and look like a divided skirt from the distance. True Bermudas are more fitted, and actually above the knee, as these gentlemen below will demonstrate.
I think i will wear them for work to see how I feel about the length. Maybe slightly above the knee, or short shorts is better? Let me know your views.