I’m glad I got my mojo back about sewing lately. Clorinda’s shirt is ready for a first fitting and I’m about to start work on a couple of shorts.
Last week I bought Burda 7381 to make a new pair of shorts for this summer.
I visited Cloth House in Central London and completely fell in love with this fabric.
Those of you who are familiar with Cloth House may know that none of their fabrics are cheap but this 100% handmade organic cotton fabric is so soft it makes it irresistible to touch. This will be my first foray into chevrons and this promises to be a different and somewhat more complicated affair from good old plaids matching so I’d better look up for a good tutorial.
The second project revolves around my favourite pair of shorts which I purchased a couple of years ago and they certainly got their fair share of wear – and tear.
That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago when I wore them for my Body Pump class – those poor babies were undoubtedly unable to withstand the strain of my bending buttocks when performing squats.
I’m usually not one for alterations or repairs but I desperately want to rescue them. I stupidly fooled myself that a few hand stitches here and there would do the trick but that didn’t look good and that didn’t last more than a week either.
I sent yesterday a picture to my friend Rita who suggested 2 solutions to me:
1) Remove the pocket – Patch the hole with a piece of fabric interfacing – relocate and resew the pocket so that it covers the patch, which means doing the same job for the left pocket so it doesn’t look wonky, which also implies removing the shorts’ lining from the waistband so that I can sew it all properly. In short, I would need to allocate a substantial amount of time to this project but it should look good in the end.
2) A much simpler way would be patching the area with a nice piece of fabric. I normally like this kind of solution: it’s fun & fast but as much as I’m one to experiment with quirky ideas, I’m not sure any fabric could enliven a pair of gingham shorts without looking odd; none that I have in my fabric stash anyway.
So this is my dilemma for this week! Should I fix or ditch? Should I repair or replace with the yet to be made Burda shorts? And do you occasionally do repairs for some of your favourites clothes?
Enjoy the sunshine wherever you are!