Sewing Shorts

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15 Jun Lilly P Knockoff Shorts

Six glorious beach days with Birdie - life gets no better! I was determined to perfect a pair of scalloped hem shorts before returning to the beach, and my inspiration came from many of the Lilly Pulitzer beach shorts. Many thanks to Margo Bergman from Creating in the Gap for introducing me to McCall's 6930, a flat front short with a scalloped hem option (View B). For optimal results I added a lining to the shorts for comfort and wrinkle reduction, and inserted an invisible zipper - eliminating the need for a hook & eye at the waistband. Rather than sewing the 3-piece waistband...

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24 Jun The Long and Short of It

During the last ten days I've been on a learning curve, the crux being: Like it or not PDF patterns are here to stay, and I better get on board before I'm left behind! No, I haven't lost weight. I downloaded Grainline Studio's Maritime's Shorts pattern and this was my result.  I've sewn four different PDF patterns with mediocre to moderately acceptable success. Being inept disturbs me, so instead of moving on I committed myself to addressing my ongoing PDF issues. I knew it was me not the PDFs ;) Fortunately, my commitment eventually led to a successful result. To date I've learned:  It is absolutely...

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