Do y’all ever see someone sew up a pattern in a way you never would have imagined but it blows your mind? Yeah, that’s what Shannon did today. Now I must find similar fabric and make myself some of these ASAP!
Some time ago, a dear friend sent me some fabric . . .well, mystery fabric — not mystery "yuck", but mystery "this is gorgeous" fabric! It was silky, embroidered, embellished and came with scalloped edges. I had no idea what it was in its former life, a table cloth, maybe? Ha! Ha! I didn't care. It was amazing. I didn't know what I would make with it, but I knew it would be awesome, so I sat the fabric on my shelf and waited for inspiration.
For 2 years.
When I saw the Oceanside pants/shorts pattern from Blank Slate, I knew I'd found a match. I immediately thought about my mystery fabric. Tap pants, maybe? I wasn't sure. But, I knew the simple pattern design would allow the details of my fabric to shine. What I didn't realize was that this would be the quickest sew, ever!
As expected, the pattern instructions are concise and super easy to follow. The diagrams are clear and make following along a breeze. I took a few shortcuts, so from fabric cut out to finish, it took me only about 30 minutes. (What, only 30 minutes? I know, right?)
- The pattern contains instructions for creating a drawstring out of 2 pieces of fabric. Since my fabric was "bumpy" and a challenge to cut because of tiny studs, I decided to use twill tape (100% polyester) instead.
- One side of my fabric had a scalloped edge. I lined up the pattern so that the hem fell along the scalloped edge. This saved hemming time and gave the pants a unique finish.
- I left off the pockets because these are loungers/nighties, and I don't have anything to put in them. Ha!
I named these "Snowflake Shorties" because the fabric design and color remind me of winter (and snowflakes).
I plan to make a few more of these lounge shorts (just for me) and some comfy cotton pajama pants for my preteen girls. Then, for next spring, I'm thinking about linen and a lightweight denim pant for my warm weather wardrobe. Ahhh, so many ideas!
I love this pattern. This is definitely my new "go to" staple for shorts and pants.