I used three quilting cottons. Yes, I know, you're not supposed to use quilting fabric for garments but I couldn't resist. In fact, long before I'd ever even heard about that controversial topic I had bought tons of quilting fabric for the sole purpose of making clothes. Those colorful prints were just too tempting! So we'll see how it holds up to wearing and washing.
I cut 1 yard of each fabric into 6" strips and joined the strips together. Here is a closeup of the different prints. I just love paisley!
This was a very by-the-seat-of-my-pants project, and I think I'm ready to go back to conventional patterns. I put on my favorite pair of shorts (which I haven't worn since last summer) only to find out that they *ahem* magically shrunk in the closet. Ok... maybe I grew. Either way, time for me to make some shorts. I was thinking to make another pair of Iris shorts and add a few modifications. The previous pair I made turned out great, but there are a few things I decided afterwards that I would change next time.
- Add length. No matter how many times my husband tells me I have nice legs, I still prefer to cover them up just a bit more.
- Remove the pockets. I love pockets, but openings gape open a bit as I move around.
- Add a bit more width to the hips. I get a few horizontal drag lines, which tells me that they are a bit too tight.
So I think I know what my next sewing project will be! What are you working on?