Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats. Episode 4: Baby French Terry Shorts by Stephanie Troemel
Stephanie here, with another month of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats! It is April already!! I don’t know where the year is going, but I am ready for Spring weather and a lot more time outdoors. To stay comfy and ready for anything in my outside adventures (ok, mostly sitting on my porch with my sister and some wine), I definitely needed a brand new pair of 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Diane Joggers as shorts!! In a delightful Sly Fox Fabric, of course. I LOVE comfy shorts. And I finally made a shirt using the amazing Tri-Blend that I have a few colors of in my stash, but *had* to order a new color. Hey, it didn’t get added to my stash, so it is definitely ok.
We are stepping down the fanciness of the work pants from last month and staying cool in this seriously gorgeous Denim Two-Tone Baby French Terry. I know, I know, I used Baby French Terry for my first pair and you want to see new and exciting. But, FT is ALWAYS worth repeating, and it is so versatile. Plus Sly Fox has such an amazing selection of colors!! The first time I used it in this series, I made the warmest pants in my closet. Whenever I’m just so cold that I can’t get warm, I switch to those pants and warm up so fast. Plus, they are comfy. But, they also breathe very well! So, I don’t have to worry about overheating, and it is also an amazing fabric choice for shorts.
I couldn’t just make shorts straight off the pattern though. I wanted a fun little rolled cuff. Something that would look “sloppy-cute”, which really just means I didn’t sew it in place all around the hem. I did, however, tack the roll at the inseam and side seam - just so it doesn’t completely unroll while I’m wearing them. Plus, I used the same pocket hack from last month’s Work It blog. I am loving the final outcome and feel of these shorts! You can read all about it in this month’s Work It blog.
Now, I wanted to pair this great, versatile short with something equally versatile. I didn’t want anything too hot, or even really a pattern. This muted Red Tri-Blend Jersey (which actually matched my coral threads for topstitching) is just perfect for a sunny day having a picnic in the park, or catching a baseball game. I’m not going to lie, the Tri-Blend sticks to itself and rolls a ton, which can make it frustrating to work with, though not difficult. But the outcome is well worth the effort!!
This is the Easy Tee from 5oo4 Patterns and the fit is killer. It is just fitted through the shoulders and bust and perfectly relaxed through the waist and hips. This gives me all the confidence to wear it comfortably if I decide to join in on some frisbee or kickball while enjoying that picnic in the park. The Tri-Blend breathes so well, I’m not worried about overheating, or sweating through the fabric - just enjoying myself and the weather. Now, despite my annoyed attitude while sewing up this shirt (and an almost matching one for my sister), I definitely need to use up the Tri-Blend we have in the stash!! Then, of course, order more!
Check out all the Sly Fox Tri-Blend here. And if you’d like to read what changes I made to the pattern to accomplish this look and more about the whole process, head on over to Sarcastic Sewist. There you can check out Edition 4 of Work It! and let me know what you think!
I hope you’ll join me over at sarcasticsewist.com to follow my 2019 blog series, Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats!, where I sew up 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Diane Joggers once every month in a new way, with a different fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics! I’ll be tackling many of the options included in the pattern as well as small (and not so small) hacks, in different types of fabrics to create 12 unique bottoms, from shorts to pants and some fun extras thrown in, just for fun.
Stephanie Troemel learned to sew from her grandmother when Stephanie was a little girl. She loves a good challenge, like pattern hacking, equally as much as she likes day-to-day sewing. When Stephanie isn't sewing, you can probably find her cooking, reading, or curled up with her kitten.