Thursday 27 August 2009

Celebrate Good Shorts, Come on!

Yesterday played host to two very exciting occurences which require documentation:

Number one:
I received a copy of the Aussie-based and produced Mixtape zine (issue 10) which, incidentally, includes a little piece written by ME! Woo hoooooo! That's right, I'm published in Mixtape which makes me extremely happy. Not only is it a beautifully designed and thoroughly interesting little zine, it's manifesto to proliferate, indulge and encourage DIY culture, making stuff and eco-mindedness makes it EXACTLY the type of thing I want to get behind. Or in, in this case. The piece they included was this little piece entitled 'The Return of the Blouse' I shared here back in May. And as if I needed another reason to smile my face off, they included a super-cute little badge that says 'I write for Mixtape', much like the virtual button on the side panel here.

Number two:
I finished making a pair of Burdastyle's Ruby shorts. As a rule, I don't wear shorts and wasn't fully convinced that my curvy frame would carry them off. But hot damn! They look good:
Apologies for the rubbish self-portraits-in-the-bathroom, my official photographer is away on family visiting duties and I got too excited to wait until I found someone else to pap me. Plus, I know what your thinking: 'Umm, road test Zoe! Jeez!'. Sorry but times is just too heady round here at the mo, I will give them a thorough testing tomorrow, promise.

I used a nice navy twill with a good stretch content, which I deployed to help off-set any potential fit/sizing issues, but I'm really pleased with the final fit and would risk making these in a non-stretch. All in all, I found the pattern very good, though I omitted the time consuming front jet pocket, avoided the strange add-on belt thingy, and replaced their back pocket scenerio with my preferred patch pocket shape with rounded corners. I constructed the side button fastening sections with as much patience as I could muster, and I'm really pleased with the outcome. For the life of me I couldn't figure out their turn-ups instructions, so I re-enacted a turn-up construction method a sample machinist I used to work with once showed me. It's a fantastic method, it traps in the bottom edge into the faux-turn, making a really clean and professional finish. Remind me to show you some time...

The buttons are some fabric covered ones found in my stash. They were just the right size and shape, as well as the correct quantity. I think they look just right, cute but not too kiddy, for these sailor style closures.

I'm pretty much having to physically retrain myself from immediately making another pair, (they would be red, FYI), but I definately have plans to extend the leg and make a couple of different versions as capris, trousers and/or jeans. Aside from a sweet, retro-y feel, these closures have to inmeasurable benefit of allowing the makery of shorts, trousers and jeans without having to construct a fly-front, something I would cross continents barefoot to avoid. I just don't think fly-fronts are worth it, as in my experience, they take up equal construction time as the whole of the rest of the processes and cutting out put together. I just don't have that kind of time! I'm already nearly 30! But nearly 30 with some greats shorts in which to enjoy my inclusion in Mixtape!


chrrristine said...

hey Zoe,
cool, congratulations on your article in mixtape! Guess what, I just signed up for a four month wardrobe refashion pledge, being very inspired by you!
I arrived in NYC two weeks ago and am still jobless (and not even looking just yet, but soon) and finally have some time to sew, and I love it. I'll post some pictures on burdastyle soon.
I hope you are well, and let me just say, those shorts look VERY HOT! I love the material you used and the button give it a nice vintagey feel.
See ya soon! xx

pjfpotter said...

Thought you might appreciate a comment from Darlington as I know you are watching your new google analytics reports! And I see you are all up inspiring people to get on wardrobe refashion too. You're on a roll!

EmilyKate said...

The shorts are ACE!!!! Go ahead make the red ones!

I will have to grab this Mixtape mag, have bought it before, didn't realise number 10 was out yet! Congrats on the article!

indigorchid said...

It's fun to see other versions of the Ruby shorts, but it's funny that a whole lot of them are making the same alterations (omit belt, pockets, shorten&narrow the legs)! It's like a collective design-editing process!

By the way, I say "yey" to the a post on the cuff fold-up secret technique!

Lilly said...

Hey Zoe, I'd be interested in a tutorial for the turn up method used in these shorts. They look awesome, and you totally rock them. said...

The material is really astounding and the general outlook rocks! More to the point, congratulations on the article!

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