Guess what!?! I made more Tap Shorts. Bwa hahaha.
These babies are extra special because they are made from two silk ikat fabrics given to me by Babushka Kukushkin. I am one LUCKY granddaughter! Thank you Babushka!
Although Babushka doesn’t sew herself she knows a good thing when she sees it. Apparently these fabric were purchased years ago when Russia was still the Soviet Union and Babushka was on holiday in one of the provinces. I’m swept away by the romance of travel and exploration just typing this. Without a doubt these are the most exotic and luxurious fabrics I own and therefore terrifying to cut into. It took me over a year to work up the courage to sew these silks, but beautiful fabric should be worn and enjoyed. Hiding it away in a stash does no one any good.
I choose view A for this pair so I could show off both ikat colorways. I wasn’t entirely sure if shorts could or should be colorblocked, but there is only one way to find out. Turns out I love colorblocked shorts. The dark green and black ikat is quite busy so the side seams and invisible zipper almost disappear in the print giving the illusion of one big pattern piece wrapping from back to front.
I’ve never sewn silk shorts before so I tried a couple new techniques during the constructions. My main concern was how the fabric would hold up at the seams. I’ve notices in a couple fitted ready to wear pieces the silk can pull apart at the seams not quite tearing, but leaving a series of holes wear the silk yarns have separated. I experimented with hug-snug to add support to the seams. Before stitching my seams I pinned a strip of hug-snug to the wrong side of my fabric along the seam line. I then stitched as normal through both layers of fabric and the hug snug. I don’t have a pair of shorts without hug-snug to use as a comparison, but the fabric is holding up against the stress of sitting and wearing so I’ll call this effort a success.
To create a crisp hem with slightly more stability I fused a 1 1/2 inch strip of Touch of Gold interfacing to the bottom edge. The raw edge was then finished with single fold bias tape and blind stitched by hand.
Other than that I didn’t get too fancy. I kept the seam finishes simple and serged my seam allowances to prevent fraying. The welt pockets went together just fine using the method outlined in the instructions. Again I choose Touch of Gold for interfacing and the serger to finish raw edges.
Thank you Carla and Rachael for inviting us to participate in this wonderful event. Laney and I are providing a Tap Shorts kit which includes our pattern, fabric, notions, and what is quickly becoming our signature finish, gold bias tape to the Shorts on a Line first place prize pack. I know I won’t be the only one sewing shorts this month because those prize packs are no joke! Check out the links below for even more shorts inspiration.
This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong. Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex Fabrics, Hawthorne Threads, miss matatabi, and Soak Wash. Hosted by imagine gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.