Friday, January 22, 2010
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty moma
I kept thinking of that song as I was sewing these bermuda shorts, a free download from Manequim magazine. I kept thinking of it because these shorts are not just pretty mama, they are latino hot mama.
A little too hot for this mama. They are so fitted that I can barely do them up. I sewed a 42 (size 16) which is my usual bottom size. However, what I failed to appreciate is there is no ease, finished measurements are actual body measurements. They want these shorts to hug you like a second skin, a second sausage skin, or even a sausage skin that splits under pressure and allows all sorts of soft fluffy stuff to ooze out.
The back view, I hope you don't mind the VPL (visible panty line) but I actually find evidence of panties quite reassuring. (Do you remember that episode of "what not to wear" where Susannah put her hands up under the dress of the woman and wretched off her undies saying through clenched jaws "I can't bear the sight of panties." ?)
Anyway, the pattern comes with a little sash to tie through those big belt loops but since I knew these were headed to the op shop I couldn't be bothered doing all the finishing for someone else. So that was bye bye sash, bye bye cuff turn ups, and bye bye hand sewn hems.
However, I think this pattern has huge potential. I can really see these shorts being a great addition to my wardrobe, a size larger.
This is officially a wadder but we'll call it a "wearable muslin" - a "wearable by someone else" muslin, that is.
- This pattern is in Portuguese as Manequim is a Brazilian magazine
- Google translate doesn't do a great job of adding clarity to the Portuguese. Sample translation:
"una them funds internal and external do pocket right of right with one sewing skirting the edges.Hold the edges of the funds of the pockets with patching on the back of the upper and side edges of the front."
Right. Got that? I sewed these shorts without instructions. I sew Burda, I'm used to it.
- like Burda, you need to add your own seam and hem allowances to the pieces, but not the self drafted pieces which are given in finished measurements.
Burmuda shorts from Manequim magazine. Sizes 38, 42, 46 available for free download here
Fabric: cotton/linen blend from Global Fabrics
Costings $12 fabric, zipper recycled, scraps of interfacing, thread $1, tissue $1, buttons 60 cents from Salvage = $14.60
Posted by Mary Nanna at 9:33 PM