Its Liddy's birthday on Monday and she will be 8.
As usual,I asked her to choose a outfit for a gift.
After much pattern pulling and fabric frisking she decided.....
Clever Charlottes Finch top and shorts made up in some pretty Denyse Schmidt I tracked down here.
As we are coming into Autumn I gently suggested she consider a linen or wool for the shorts but she desperately wanted the cotton print.
The solution seemed to suggest lining them.
I have made the shorts before.
And blogged the construction here.
This tute is just for the added lining.
I went with my standard lining;fabric cotton rich poplin.
Cut a second set of shorts front and back pieces making sure to transfer all the markings and notches.
Sew the front and back seams of the shorts main and lining. Trim the seam,clip the curves and press to one side.
If you press the seams on both the lining and main in the same direction when they are put together the seam allowance will be staggered.
Sew the side seams of the main and lining and then press them open.
Sew the inner leg seam and stagger the seam allowance to reduce bulk.
Press the inside leg seam open.
Slip the main shorts into the lining wrong side together.
Match the side seams and notches.
Baste the waist and legs opening to keep the pieces together.
Treating the lining and the main fabric as one,fold the pleats in place.
I topstitched the pressed edge to help keep the two fabrics pieces together.
Repeat with the other pleats on both fronts.
I omitted the pleats on the back and gathered instead as I knew I would have to pull the back in tightly to fit skinny Miss Lidia. I thought the pleats would be lost in all the puffiness.
The inside view.
Carry on with the rest of the construction as per instructions.
So far so good!
Fortified indeed-they stand up by themselves!
Neat and Tidy Heidi!
These could be reversible. Plain linen one side-printed the other?
Wooden buttons sewn on with cream embroidery floss finish the look.
Liddy is a skinny minnie moo so I drafted the size 3 and lengthened to a 5. As I mentioned previously I left out the back pleats and gathered instead. I also did a double row of elastic at the back instead of single(purely because I like the look of it).
Can't wait to show you the whole outfit!