Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bird Shorts

I had some fun frayed stretch denim in my stash that I thought would be great made up into the stretch capris from Ottobre Woman issue 2/2007, #14.

The pattern included a pretty little bird pattern for the back pocket which was really easy to machine embroider with a straight triple stitch along one continuous line, plus a separate curved line underneath to finish the branch.

The triple topstitching on the back yoke and around the front hip pockets is a nice design feature. The topstitching was done in a medium tone grey for a more subtle effect than white, which is what I was initially contemplating.

The pattern has a leg cuff included but by the time I got to the stage of sewing them on, the capris were already much too long and would have been ankle length by the time I added the cuffs! I decided to leave off the cuffs and shorten the length by 10cm and keep a little slit in the side seams. I already had a matching set of buttons for the waistband and cuffs so I decorated the top of the slits with the little buttons.

I love these shorts, very comfortable and they feel fun!


  1. these are so cute- I am loving the bird on the pocket- having fun with birds at the moment!

  2. wow arent you clever...I am never game to sew for myself these many bulges in the wrong places to get them to fit least when I buy them I can try them on and know if they fit properly...but you have done a great job on these the birdie...Khris