I sewed a third pair of shorts, and a simple skirt.
The shorts are made with gray knit fabric, a cotton jersey.
I used the Patterns for Pirates Mama Bear Joggers, modified with a higher rise and slimmed down hips and thighs, with the waistband from the Itch to Stitch Mountain View jeans, the same combination I used for my navy ponte pants in January. It is a double waistband with the elastic stretched and sewn to the seam allowance with a zigzag stitch. These shorts are so comfortable I could wear them to bed.
I topstitched a dense zigzag in a blue thread for a decorative look on the pockets and hems.
I had some of the tan cotton twill left over from my Angelia shorts, so decided to sew up the Love Notions Allegro Skirt. This is the same pattern I used for my denim shorts. It’s an a-line shape with an elastic waist. I changed the pockets, but I made them too hard to get into.
My goal was to have a casual summer alternative to shorts. I don’t know if it’s the fabric or the pattern, but I don’t like the way it hangs on me. I either need a fabric with more drape, a different color, or a different silhouette. This make is a dud – I feel like I’m wearing a middle school uniform!
I achieved my goal for this summer with sewing 3 different pairs of shorts, 2 sleeveless tops, a dress, and a skirt. The red top is an old Hanes tank and the yellow print top is a refashion from a few years ago.
For future summer sewing, I could still use a casual dress with pockets and lightweight, loose cotton pants.
What’s next? I don’t know, maybe I’ll take a breather and ponder the meaning of life, clean house, or take up a hobby. More likely I’ll reorganize my sewing stuff and keep on sewing!