Friday, 6 September 2013

The Last of my Summer Sewing: Finch Shorts

There couldn't be a more appropriate day to announce the end of my summer sewing. It is miserable out there today! I didn't realize it was raining so heavily until I let the cat in at 6am and got a barrage of abuse from her. Wow! She was very cross (and a bit soggy)!

I have done my best to get decent photos but it is too dark really. So on to the clothes...!

I made the Ice Cream Top last month and haven't been able to crack on with the intended shorts until now. School holiday are hectic! Especially that last week and I feel like I have been out of the blog loop for a long while. What moments I had to fire up my laptop were few and very hurried so I have a lot of catching up to do. I must only have read about 4 blog posts in the last couple of weeks. Hope you are all still there!

I had the shorts cut out and set aside last week. They are of course the fabulous Finch Shorts by Clever Charlotte. My daughter has worn her navy pair to death and these ones are to fill a gap in the wardrobe for lighter coloured, plain shorts.

The colour hasn't come across very well because of the light but it is a soft grey-lavender linen mix which I used for my Staple Dress. The fabric has a lovely drape. I was a bit worried that it would be too floppy for these shorts which are a bit more structured than other patterns out there, but in fact they look lovely.

The fact that I topstitched the pleats this time, helps the shorts stay looking crisp.

They are made to go with this top in particular but will go with pretty much everything else as well. I must put tights on my shopping list so I can stretch their wear into the latter end of the year.

Another reason why I have been on the internet less over the last week is because of this disaster....

Agghh! Stupid me trod on the laptop and damaged the screen. Not impressed with myself AT ALL! It is difficult to look at things properly with a whacking great big inky stain across the screen so it will have to go in for repair soon. Lesson learned about leaving it on the floor.

To cheer myself up (and because the house is a bit quieter now school is back) I am casting on my new knitting project. I couldn't be more excited about this one. It is the Avery Cowl by Quince & Co. I spotted this pattern on the photostream of a Flickr contact and was entranced by the detail. I thought it would be out of my knitting league but after looking at a few projects on Ravelry I am convinced I could manage it. 

This is for me and seeing as I am a creature of habit and only wear things that are blue or green I chose this gorgeous shade from Cascasde Yarns. It is Cyan Blue (8891) and is one of their 220 range. After squishing it into my cheek for a few minutes I decided it would be perfect for the cowl, very soft and warm. Wish me luck!!



  1. I don't knit but I would buy wool like that just to look at the lovely colour and squish against my cheek too!

    1. I am slowly getting into my knitting stride and this is a good evening project. I am looking forward to getting to know my sewing machine again after a couple of weeks break too!

  2. You know I adore the Ice Cream Top and Finch Shorts's sooooo adorable!

    Love the shade of blue you chose for your cowl...blues and greens are my favorite colors too.:)


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