I don't even remember buying this pattern and had completely forgotten I owned it but I am so glad I found it! I had a quick look in my fabric cupboard and found three metres of stretch denim I bought from Minerva Crafts (stripes and patterned). I had intended to use the striped denim to make the child a little blazer and the patterned to make a skirt for me but I think this is a better use!
I made a quick muslin of the shorts in some furnishing fabric to check the rough fit then got started on the skirt. Because of the amount of stretch in this fabric I wasn't too concerned with getting the fit exact.
The skirt is a wrap around skirt fastening with two buttons at the back and was really straight forward to put together. I love the huge pockets on the front and cut them on the cross grain for added visual interest. I really like the effect of the stripes on the centre front seam, pockets and waistband.
For the shorts I used the patterned denim but did not have enough to cut a waistband out of. The pattern actually has a waistband half the size and is fastened at the side using hook and eyes. Aside from the fact that I did not have hook and eyes I decided an invisible zip would be much better. The only other change I made to the pattern was to lengthen them by 5cm. I really like the fit of these shorts and have shocked myself by actually wearing them in public today, not just for the photo shoot!
The top is a Colette Sorbetto made using leftovers from the one I made for Flossie. There wasn't enough of the border left so this one is plain and is cut on the cross grain. I used some Liberty Lifestyle cotton for the bias binding which I think looks really pretty. I have made myself a few Sorbettos and always make the same changes. I have taken out the front pleat, raised the shoulder seam, lowered the front darts and added ones at the back.
This outfit has been a complete surprise and revelation to me. Aside from finding a pattern I didn't know I had, I didn't imagine I would make myself some shorts, never mind wear them in public! I am so happy with the whole outfit and I had a fantastic time with my friend Kara taking the photos. So thank you Karen for encouraging me to try something new!