It feels like it's been a while since some selfish sewing, so I'm happy to introduce you to my Iris shorts in giveaway denim.
Giveaway denim? Well, a couple of weeks ago I was the lucky winner of some fabric from Gabrielle which she was giving away to celebrate 3 great years of blogging. I was ecstatic! I had been searching for denim like the one offered for ages and here it was. Only 0.6 x 1.3 m of it, but just perfect. A heavy light blue denim. Oh and how about that fantastic YSL colouring book that came with it!!
So I didn't have much denim to work with, but I was convinced that I could get a pair of shorts out of the fabric. Enter the Colette Patterns Iris shorts. I had just enough to make the size 6. I had to do the waistband facing and the pocket lining in Liberty. You can imagine how much I hated that!!? I got to use up some of Tom's Jets fabric which was great.
So here they are! I love them. I know this pattern has been around for a while and it's not really news, but the pockets are too cute in that front seam. The denim provides a great retro feel to them. I'm wearing it here with Pattern W from Les Couleurs Francaise made up in Liberty of London, Wiltshire.
In the end the 6 was a bit baggy around the waist so ended up taking them in on the sides. Next time I'll make the 4 up in maybe a slightly lighter weight fabric as the invisible zipper doesn't really like going over the waistband seam. It was a straightforward make, although like all my easy makes I did rush them a bit. I could probably make some further adjustments but for a first attempt I think the fit is pretty good.