Monday, October 17, 2016

Ginger Bermudas




Each spring I make myself a new pair of shorts.  For the last 4-5 years my pattern of choice has been Sewaholic Thurlow.  This year, I had in mind something different.  I really wanted a pair of bermuda shorts with longer legs which are more suitable for cool mornings and evenings in spring.  I find the Thurlow pattern while completely suitable for beach wear is not so suitable for wearing in the city, well not for a 40 something year old anyway! 


I bought a pair of rtw denim bermudas last year from Kmart but although they are practical, I am not entirely happy with the fit.  Now that I have perfected the fit of my own jeans and shorts., I am extra picky with anything ready to wear.  This is probably the reason I buy very little ready to wear these days.  I knew that based on Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans and my Kmart shorts, I could come up with something better.


I copied my Ginger pattern and straightened out the legs.  From memory I straightened them 3cm on both the inside and outside leg seams. I then went in search for a remnant in my stash to make them out of.  I found a piece of grey coated stretch denim that was left over from my Ginger jeans.  I had just enough with a bit of pattern tetris to cut them out.  I had absolutely nothing left over. 
 For the waistband and pocket linings I used a shirt my husband no longer wore.  The grey top stitching thread was left over from my original Gingers.


The rivets and button  I chose are antique bronze.  I went with this colour over antique silver because this is the colour of my zipper teeth.  These were bought to make my last pair of jeans.























I am really pleased with how these turned out.  They proved a great addition to my holiday wardrobe and will be on regular wardrobe rotation this spring.  My fitbit told me that while I was in Sydney I was walking around 25000 steps per day so comfort was essential.  These definitely ticked the comfort box. 

The above photos were taken at Darling Harbour, Sydney

10 comments:

  1. Very nice! And great reuse of the old shirt!

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    1. Thank you! I like reusing fabrics in this sort of way. It is especially helpful on the budget.

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  2. How cleaver. I just ditched both my ready to wear ones, coz fit! You've inspired me to think about a new pair of me made ones :)

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    1. I don't like rtw shorts now especially now I have great patterns.

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  3. These look really nice.
    I will be keen to know how the fabric, inside, waistband wears. I love the detail but I always worry it will go to holes.
    The rivets amp up the professional look too.

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    1. I usually line my waistbands with lighter fabric. This one is 100% cotton and I interfaced it as well. It should be fine.

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  4. Lovely details and they look very professionally made. Awesome fit too.

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  5. Great shorts. Would have loved to show you my favourite fabric secrets in Sydney...next visit.

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    1. That would have been great Gail but travelling with 3 males, fabric shopping time was extremely limited. I did manage 15 minutes in Pitt Trading and half an hour in Tessuti. That was my total in 10 days in Aus!

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