Monday, June 6, 2011

project : fruit print shorts

 Craftsmanship is important on the inside too!

 Lace tape finishing for waist and hem
 Closeup of the tag my mom got me for Christmas one year!  And then a closeup of the fabric. 

This was a fun and instant-gratification type of project.  I was inspired initially by the Prada and Stella spring shows (banana and citrus fruit prints) so when I saw this fabric in the clearance section at the store I grabbed it!  I used my own drafted pant sloper to create the shorts.

Pattern: own

Fabric: stretch sateen, printed on the face side only
Features: 2" inseam, invisible side zipper, two front and back darts, clean finish on waist and hem (no topstitching), serged interior, lace tape edge finishing (all detail work hand stitched)

Wore them to the DMV today (oh what a happy place)!  Of course, they did not appear in my picture (which wasn't half bad).  They are very comfortable.  However the stretch quality in the fabric loosened slightly with wear; when I preshrunk the fabric I washed with cold water (I always use cold - better for the garment and environment!) but I may consider washing these regularly to prevent bagging.  Always something to consider with slight stretch garments!

Would I use this pattern again?  Absolutely.  Bring on the crazy prints!


  1. You did a fabulous job with them! The pattern is beautiful - I love the hand-painted quality it has. It is very "Prada!" Great choice!

    -j, your newest follower via bloglovin' :)
    sorelle in style

  2. These are great! They look so lovely, I would love to be this good a seamstress! :)

  3. You did a great job....Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow - I wish I could do this! Do you mind if I link to this post from my blog, only I have been looking for fruit print clothes recently but yours are the first shorts I've seen!


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