Party shorts for summer

I love bright colours and bold geometric prints. I have a few styles of prints and a few meters of fabric crying out to be made into these cute little shorts. Just perfect for fun in the sun!

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green orange African print shorts
green orange African print shorts
green orange purple elastic shorts back
green orange purple elastic shorts – back
green orange black shorts madebynomes
green orange black shorts madebynomes
Nomes wearing green orange purple African print shorts
Nomes wearing green orange purple African print shorts

These are for sale on Etsy – GBP15 with free postage.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/94018182/green-orange-purple-african-geometric

And see my other items that are for sale – www.madebynomes.etsy.com

“Party Playsuit”

Simplicity pattern 5981
Simplicity pattern 5981

I used this retro pattern I borrowed from my mum’s sewing cupboard to make this cute little playsuit/jumpsuit (View 2).

I was busy sewing this garment the evening before I wanted to wear it, so  I was rather pleased that the pattern was really easy to follow, and total construction time was less than 3 hours !

I wore the playsuit to a friends farewell “summer party”. The fabric print is bright and cheerful, and the playsuit design reminds me  of carefree childhood summers.

Link to previous blogpost with a picture of “Party Pant” and my “Party Playsuit”

After the initial wear of the playsuit, I decided to made a couple of changes to make the playsuit bodice fit more securely – this did include unpicking the back section, cutting and restitching.

back of pattern modifications
View 2 - back of pattern modifications

Changes made are:
– lowered the back
– added 2 rows of elastic on the back

I am really pleased with the finished garment, and hope that I get another chance to wear it.

“Party Pant” for Etsy

This week I have been working on 2 pairs of “party pant” to sell in my shop on the Etsy website. The trousers are not yet finished, but here are some photos of the fabric I’m using and some steps in the construction.

orange african print swirl stitching
Stitching the side seam
green pink african print pockets
double stitching the pocket
sewing machine and party pant
my sewing machine and 2 party pant fabrics

Be sure to take a look at my shop on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay

First order for “party pant”

I have recently received a few enquires regarding the “Party Pant” and possibly making them for people other than my boyfriend.
So over the weekend I bought a pattern and took my first order for “Party Pant”. I have almost completed the construction of this first order and as of this evening I just have the hem to finish.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise of the first public wearing (scheduled for later this month); however I can tell you that as these are “Party Pant” they have been made from one of my many African wax print fabrics and I am using a Simplicity trousers pattern – unisex, multi size drawstring and elastic waist with 2 front pockets.

Be sure to check out the original “Party Pant ” 

Cute little skirt

cute skirt with pockets
"party skirt"

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt.
http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html
The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !!
The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours.
I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size and the African print design is bright and colourful.

I have modified this pattern and have made a similar skirt for sale on Etsy – May 2012 – http://www.etsy.com/listing/99392888/elastic-waist-skirt-with-front-pockets