Three meters of black linen

Linen skirtI found this black linen in Yuzawaya sale last week, it was discounted pretty big so I bought 3 meters of it. I planned to make two pairs of shorts for my husband since the one he’s been using has already ripped at the seams. Actually he doesn’t mind the (big) rip, but it wasn’t a good sight to my eyes.

Unfortunately, I made a mistake when sewing the elastic on the first pair of shorts. Unpicking all those stitches from elasticized waist is a bit too much for me, so I hacked off the shorts and turned it into a knee-length pants for Sidra. I started a new pair of shorts for my husband. It was fine, except that the pockets are too small for his hands! Argh. I can’t believe that his hands are that big. But he said that it’s the most comfortable shorts that he had ever worn, so I guess it is okay for something that will only be worn in the house. But I need to stitch those damn pockets closed because the sight of them makes me mad.

Anyway, the plan of two pairs of shorts had failed, but I still had about 60 cm of the fabric. I decided to use it to make a basic skirt as an exercise in pattern drafting. The instructions were from a vintage book called Pattern Drafting vol. II, published by Kamakura-Shobo Publishing in 1970, and I drew the lines with tailor’s chalk straight on the fabric. It is just a high waist pencil skirt with two pairs of darts, wide waistband, side slits and invisible zipper on left side.

I’m pretty satisfied with the result although it is not really my style. I usually don’t feel comfortable with everything that hangs tight around my waist. ┬áThe skirt was worn for a little afternoon walk around the house, and I began to feel more respect for all ladies who wear body-conscious, hip-hugging clothes. It looks good but definitely not comfortable!

Pictures time!

From three meters of black linen A pair of shorts, a boy's knee-length pants, and a skirt

A pair of shorts, a boy’s knee-length pants, and a skirt.

Sidra and Mama Papa and Sidra

We took nice pictures in them.

The three of us But things started to get crazy

But things started to get crazy.

Because they were acting silly! Look, my face is all in the same expression

Because they were acting silly (look, my face is all in the same expression)!

And sillier! Sorry for all the silly pictures!

Sorry for all the silly pictures!

Men’s short pattern is Andre from Burdastyle, lengthened.
Skirt pattern is self-drafted.
Boy’s pants pattern is traced from Sidra’s old pants.

  • http://neil-y.blogspot.com neil

    The silly pictures are the best! =)

  • EvaMadura

    kayaknya mo bikin deh buat 3 jagoan saya… terimakasih mbak Novita ^_^

  • http://wonderosa.net Iveta

    :))) You all are so fanny:) Cool family!:)

  • http://sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com Trudy Callan

    Love all of the silly pictures. You are all so hilarious.

  • Jennifer

    The shorts look great. I love the skirt too. And thanks for the links to the fabric stores you visit. I’m going back to Japan this December so will try and find them. Last time I was there I found a fabric shop in Shibuya. Don’t ask me the name! :) I bought a stack of fabrics (then had to ship them home and I didn’t realise how much fabric weighs!). But, I haven’t done anything with them yet. Your site inspires me to think about what I can do with them once I set up my machine which is gathering dust in the laundry. Summer’s coming here to Australia soon so will have to browse through your projects and see what inspires me!

    Your blog is so happy, I love visiting. Just read your background story dan saya maaf for how it was, being a teenager can be hard sometimes without all the extra bits thrown at you but you seem to have such a wonderful life now! Living in Japan too, I am soooo jealous.

    Jennifer
    Australia

  • http://tragicbeautiful.com/ Throckmorton Jones

    Loved the photos, especially the last two! They had me cracking up!