I have been participating in the fabric stash challenge at pattern review, albeit not very seriously, because most of my fabric is over 6 months of age, and it is good to use up the older fabric every so often and to add up the fabric I use. I find this a nice reason to buy more. I don't tend to sew things just to use up fabric though, all my fabric has a planned use - or several competing plans.
It was not until I used up the seersucker for my beach dress that I realized that some of my fabric is currently burdensome to me. I felt very good about using up that particular fabric, so I hunted out a few more pieces that were annoying me.
These shorts for my older daughter are squeezed out from the remnants of a cotton-linen blend I used to make my Christmas dress, 2 Christmases ago. There was not quite enough left for a straight skirt for me :(. I decided that I was unlikely to shrink in the near future. I have far too many remnants that are almost big enough to make something.
The pattern is BWOF 7-2009-113, which I noticed purely because I had the magazine open. They are quite smart shorts, and much longer than I thought they would be. I have made these exactly to the pattern length, and my daughter has long legs (lucky girl!). Unfortunately they did not fit terribly well. The waist is far too big for my daughter. This is my fault, because I did not make a toile, or remeasure her waist before starting the garment, and I have not made her anything fitted for a few months.
I unpicked the waistband at the front and added a pleat. A completely new contoured waistband would have been a better fix, but I had no more fabric. I also stitched a large satin stitch cross across the centre back and centre front of each cuff. This will hopefully prevent the rather soft fabric from unfolding itself in the middle with wear.
These are free shorts. I am considering them a trial version.
I hope that my poking fun at Burda for having so many beach themed clothing issues was not offensive. I found it quite amusing, and was trying to be tongue in cheek about people in a temperate to cold climate needing so many hot weather clothes. Personally it is very useful for me that they publish patterns for summer clothes right though the year.
The German visitors at Noosa look perfectly appropriate in their black bikinis at the beach. However they do often look rather sunburnt at the restaurants in the evening (as do the 18 year old Australians who should know better). The sun is very strong here, which is why a beach cover up is a good idea. Australia reputedly has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. There is a drawback to having so many gorgeous beaches I suppose ;).