It’s the Colette Iris’ third appearance in my sewing journal – first with my long version, then Frances’ pajamas, and now one more. There are a few reasons why I made this. First, it was still during my post Frances visit slump which made me crave making and wearing America appropriate things. Second, I really liked my Madeleine bloomers and wanted a version that I could wear out in public in the states. Third, I only had less than a yard left of this fabric so I didn’t have many options of what I could make with it.
Fifth, I wanted to use more jane buttons. Sixth, watching Frances make her pajama pants just made me want to try the Iris again. Ok, I think that’s it for the “why” behind these shorts.
Which resulted in getting too close and the needle stabbing my finger. Then I promptly cleaned it with an antiseptic and bandaged up my cut. Don’t laugh. Not only have I heard of the infections that people get from minor cuts here, I’ve seen them. And they are not pretty. In the USA I can be lazy and leave it unprotected and not worry, but not in Benin! If you become lazy about cuts and scrapes here, you’re just asking for trouble later on.
It’s because I ran out of crazy print fabric. But it worked out because the brown is connected through the piping, the jane buttons, and the pocket. Perfect. (Yes yes I leave my edges raw. I don’t have a zig zag stitch and I don’t have pinking shears either. I also am not super confident with french seams + curves and pockets. Also this fabric doesn’t unravel. Also I promise to learn more about finished and neat seams when I’m back in the USA. Though I think this is just RTW clothing making me feel guilty, because honestly, what’s wrong with a few raw seams that nobody can see? Especially if they don’t unravel?)
Photo shoot time! It’s hard to style it here… I don’t have any shirts that are fitted enough to look good with these shorts. Sorry I’m a loose t-shirt person here, fitted tees were left in my American closet.
Then I remember I had a pink tanktop that I never wear because I have to wear it layered, and I’m just too lazy to layer it. Also, I have a muffin top – the shorts are cut from a size 10 instead of my normal 12. They are a bit too tight at the waist but fine everywhere else. But then I read this post by Nicole from Nicole at Home and she modified the waistband for a less curvy figure – perhaps that’s what I need to do? I’ll try it out for my next version as I do love these shorts!