Schooooool's out for summer! I got out a week ago and spent the first week of summer lounging at the beach. THE beach. That would be Myrtle Beach to all you non South Carolinians out there. It is a crazy Atlantic coast tourist beach for those of you that aren't familiar with it. It's like the Vegas of beaches, only replace casinos with miniature golf courses and club wear with air brushed tee shirts. It's a lot of fun. Great place to lounge on the beach, hang out with family and people watch. J's mom was kind enough to treat us to an awesome vacation (thank you!). Baby Jane thoroughly enjoyed her first time playing in the surf.
Before we left, I bought some beach-y looking rayon at Joann's to make up the pants version of Simplicity 1887. Only when I got home to cut the pattern out, I chickened out. I was worried that all that print would make the pants too crazy to wear. So I opted to make the shorts instead. I am so glad I did because they are awesome. I wore them nearly every day of our trip.
I read a few reviews of the pattern before I started and all of them noted the enormous amount of ease in the pattern. I went a size down and the fit is great. They are still loose but I tend to like a little more ease anyway. I made them up just as the pattern directed. No changes other than using a one inch elastic waistband instead of making the two channels and putting in two skinnier pieces of elastic. Is there a reason two pieces of elastic are preferred over one thicker piece? Just curious. I also shortened the hem two inches. The seat is just a tad bit snug but using a drape-y rayon makes it not very noticeable. If I made these again in a more stable fabric I would do an aptly named full seat adjustment.
I cut the shorts with the stripe running vertical. I tried not to over think pattern placement too much. Just tried to make it symmetrical. I don't think there is anything too unfortunate going on. Maybe.
After I made the shorts and they were such a success, I decided to try the skirt since I had so much fabric left. Again, I made the skirt up as directed except for shortening it a couple of inches (I made the longer version and probably hemmed it up to the mini version. The skirt has a cute tulip shape. Not really noticeable in my drape-y rayon. I cut the skirt so the stripe ran horizontal. The shorts are unlined but the skirt is lined in a navy rayon challis. I treated the lining more like an underlining, basting it to the front and back pieces before sewing the side seams. My hem is a little wonky because of that but not enough to bug me. I'm wearing the skirt with my grey circle tee and I am really liking the laid back combination. My circle tees are in heavy, heavy rotation by the way. I think I'm going to have to make another in the same cotton jersey as the grey one. It sees the most wear of the three.
Not really anything else to say except I really enjoyed making this pattern up. It was straight forward to put together and the finished product is easy to wear.
And one more gratuitous baby photo...
Baby Jane loved the beach. She played in the surf for hours, picking up seashells and putting them in her bucket. She had no fear of the ocean. I'm not entirely sure that is a good thing since I couldn't take my eyes off of her for a second or she would have crawled in to the waves. She is walking like a champ if you hold her hands but the moment you let go, she falters and sits. I know she'll take off any day now so I'm trying to enjoy these last few moments of crawling baby. She is such a joy!