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Made by a Fabricista: Last Shorts of Summer

There are so many things that I love about summer; shorts, sandals, warm sunshine, cold ice cream, and fireflies, just to name a few. It pains me to admit that summer is drawing to an end. To celebrate my love for summer, I decided to sew one last pair of shorts and a coordinating button-up.

Fabric Mart recently started carrying Megan Nielsen Patterns, so I jumped at the opportunity to make my last shorts of summer. I've been eyeing the classic Flint Pants & Shorts pattern for years now, so I knew this was the perfect time to snatch up the pattern and start sewing. I picked a Cream and Navy horizontal stripe viscose Suiting fabric to make my Flint Shorts. 


The pattern recommended woven fabrics ranging in different weights depending on the look that you are going for. I wanted a nice structured pair of shorts, so I thought that this mid-weight woven suiting fabric would do the trick. 

While the Cream and Navy horizontal stripe suiting proved to be a bit of a challenge to work with due to its thickness, I was happy with the end result after a few modifications to the original pattern. I added a row of topstitching across the top of the waistband for added stability. I also added a row of topstitching on the front of the pockets for added stability and crispness.

Did you happen to notice any other pattern modifications, from my photos? Would you have guessed that the buttons on the front of the shorts are fake? Due to the thickness of the fabric, normal buttonholes just wouldn't work as waistband closures for these shorts so I decided on a sneaky closure instead. I added three plastic snaps to the inside of the waistband and then sewed those two cream buttons on the outside of the waistband as decoy buttons to trick the eye into believing that the buttons are real!

Even though I made so many modifications to my Flint Shorts, I am happy with my new shorts, fake buttons, and all!

Once I wrapped up my Flint shorts, I grabbed some Dark Navy Rayon Voile fabric from Fabric Mart to make a Seamwork Aster shirt. I made the Seamwork Aster shirt once before in a very structured woven fabric, so I knew that this time, I wanted to make it in a flowy, comfortable Rayon. Aster is such a great choice for beginners because it is a collar-free button-up blouse. I made version 1 of the pattern which has short, cuffed sleeves because I knew version 1 would pair well with the Flint Shorts. 

The only modification that I made to my Aster shirt is that I used slightly wider bias tape on the inside of the neckline because I wanted to use a pretty pink and blue bias tape from my stash! I'm very happy with how this Aster shirt turned out because it is the perfect addition to my handmade wardrobe. 

I know that my Aster Blouse and Flint Shorts will be the perfect pair to carry me through the final days of summer into the cooler fall weather to come! Thanks for reading, now go soak up the rest of that summer sun!

SHAINA   @shaina_sews 


Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: SUITING & VOILE.
You can also shop our entire collection of Megan Nielsen patterns HERE.

Comments

  1. Your shorts and top are very nicely made. I love the shorts hack to use snaps instead of buttons.

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  2. Your outfit is the perfect close for summer and it is a perfect fit on you. Buttons over snaps make a great closure for sure.

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