Sunday, May 10, 2015

Summer is here!

Summer is here in California.  It has been in the 80s all week.  But then my photoshoot was delayed because we got two days of rain.  That was great since we are in a terrible drought.  Now it is shorts weather again,  so I'll be wearing my designer shorts.

The Simplicity 1948 pattern fits me great.  I will have to make some pants with this pattern since I like the shorts I have made with it.  I think the slanted front pockets are a nice touch.

This has been a good test for my Singer 7470.  It handled the heavy duty denim easily.  I also used my Singer 6268 to embroider the pocket.  Part of the sewing fun for me is using different machines.  I like the different stitches, the controls, the different sounds, and the hunt for that orphan machine calling my name.

I wanted the designer look of the 70s and 80s.  I think I achieved it.

I took my time with these shorts, especially the top stitching.  I think they turned out nice.

Since I had a little denim material left, I decided my friend Jaime could use a new pair of jeans.

Ready to cut

Ready to sew

Velcro closures

All finished, except for turning right-side out

Jaime is thrilled, but needs a new top

Summer top finished
 I found the patterns for Jaime's jeans here,  And her top here.

I did her outfit with my hand-cranked Bel Air since I wanted real control over the tiny stitches.  This worked out quite well.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. shorts & jeans look great. like the monogram on pocket. The Bel Air looks like fun

  2. I have two handcranks w/out cranks, unfortunately. Yes, that Bel-Air is sweet and the lettering achieved by the 6268 is stellar. I'm looking for one of those machines now -- thanks for enabling!

  3. Your shorts turned out perfect. I like the longer length. In fact I think I'm going to order some khaki twill on line as soon as I get done posting this to make a pair for myself. This time at least an 8.5 oz just a little more durable. Your not the only one who likes to use several different sewing machines on the same project. I think there's a whole bunch of us out there. Have a great night and I hope more rain is headed your way, a drought is never a good thing ~ Joe