The first week of summer has been very Melbourne. Hot sunny days, balmy nights, pouring rain and bitter cold! Obviously I got out on a gorgeous sunny day earlier in the week!
This is November, or the outfit formerly known as December. This is one of a couple of outfits doing double duty as a member of the twelve as well as the summer capsule.
I hadn't chosen a pattern for the top half of this outfit. The decision was made easy when visiting my awesome friend Tara recently. She sent me away with a big stack of old patterns, including this 1986 gem, Butterick 3903. The elastic waisted bottoms and power shoulder jacket were not exactly appealing but a button front tank with a scoop neck and round hem? Yes please!
I used the leftover navy jersey from Darron's first outfit. I wanted something a bit fancier than plain navy buttons, and these have been sitting in my stash for several years. I added a good eight centimetres in length. The pattern wasn't actually a cropped tank, just a little short for a long torso.
This patterned stretch denim was yet another thrift score, patterned denim is fantastic, and this one is awesome! The shorts are from BurdaStyle 6/2011 Pattern 111, I love their vintage style.
I had already used the pattern to make another pair of plain navy shorts and I didn't want to make them too similar so instead of an invisible zip I put in a metal one. Metal zippers and denim belong together.
From the previous pair I also knew I wanted the back pockets lower for this pair. I added the turned up cuff and bound the seam allowances so the cuffs are nice and neat. Did I mention that these are stretchy? Having already made a pair, I made adjustments to account for the stretch, I may have underestimated just how much these want to stretch. I'll see how they wear and I may run them in a little more.
It's been a long time since I was comfortable wearing shorts this short. I'm happier with my body now than I was, even when my legs were in considerably better teenaged shape. So while I look at them critically, more than any other body part, I'm kinder to myself about showing so much of them. These are running legs, kicking legs, they're my greatest physical strength and if it's hot, I'll be wearing shorts!
Once again looking to the left. There's always something interesting to gaze at to the left I'm sure.