Summer is sizzling here at the moment and we’re not that prepared. We haven’t experienced a really warm summer for such a long time it seems. We’re all short of summer clothes. I have bought some board shorts for the kids so we can go to the beach without fetching pockets full of sand home and I’ve made Maddy a pair of shorts with matching vest. The main fabric is left over linen from some trousers that I made for my nephew, and the jersey was bought to go with it. I’m hoping to make her a casual dress with this jersey too, as it will be so comfortable.
It was a squeeze to get the shorts out of the remnant linen; there was very little left when the pieces were cut out. Maddy prefers shorts to be longer and I didn’t have enough to do a hem so I trimmed the bottom with ribbon and pulled some threads to give a frayed edge.
Maddy’s inspiration came whilst we were shopping for thread, she spotted a frog that she had to have. It was supposed to iron on but it didn’t feel very secure so I went round it with some green thread. The end result was really good and very well recieved. The shorts are going to have to be smuggled out of the bedroom and into the wash basket but the top has already been removed. It didn’t last an hour before juice was spilled down the front, not bad enough that she had to take it off so she was able to wear it when we went for a walk along the seafront. It was so hot yesterday it was the perfect outfit.
The shorts are cut-off trousers from Burda – 142 05/2011 again! The t-shirt is Riviera from Sewing Clothes Kids Love. I am going to make another t-shirt for Maddy to wear with these shorts and then maybe go back to the blue shorts. I do, however, have a commitment to Dom to make some jeans. He has been badgering me for a while so the blue shorts thankfully will be pushed down the queue.