do you have a drive that you’ve done so many times the thought of doing it again induces you with tremors of dread? so many times that you feel like you can measure, to the nanometer, exactly how much of it you have left at any given point?
i have one. it’s the I-95 corridor between new york and washington, D.C. i went to school in baltimore, then worked in DC for two years, and i still have family there. unfortunately, i actually like my family from there, so it behooves me a couple of times a year to get my butt in the car, suck it up, and face the lonely miles of I-95. picking the worst bit is actually the hardest part: is it the stretch on the NJ Turnpike between exits 5 and 1? is it the EZ-pass queue at the bottom of the turnpike? is it delaware?
flip a coin. of course, 2 or 3 times a year beats the 20+ times i used to do it when i lived down there.
i armed myself as best i could: 6-hour power 90s playlist (because anything is better when the backstreet boys or NSYNC are on in the background). lots of water. and a comfy outfit.
but no amount of prep can save you from the ordeal. i had it all planned to leave bright and early. and then my aunt and her diabolically cute kids made breakfast with the family a must-do. honestly, non-stop laughter for over an hour. (also: bagels) then, on my way home, i stopped to visit one of my besties from college. and she and HER diabolically cute kids conspired to keep me entertained and occupied several hours past my cinderella time.
so here is me, travel-weary and travel-stained, clutching on to my reward for surviving the drive:
two words: vanilla. milkshake.
play separates: button-front sleeveless shirt, cuffed shorts with released pleats in front and darts in back, button-front overskirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
the shorts, which i made, look exactly like you would want 1950s-style shorts to look.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
i did not use the instructions, but they are typically vintage: great diagrams, sparse wording.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i love these fifties-style shorts because they are high-waisted and wide-legged with a fairly deep crotch curve. thus, they sit at your natural waist, actually allow air to circulate around your legs, and are not all up on you like a second skin.
leftover “bottomweight” fabric from jo-ann.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i needed to deepen the pleats big time to get a better fit at the waist.
shorts are so easy they are almost hard to actually sit and finish. for example, these sat unhemmed for 6 months until i realized they would be comfortable and perfect for sunday brunch and a long drive with my beloved renfrew top, so i….glued the hem with steam-a-seam. try not to judge me too harshly. but now they are done, they are an instant classic and i need many more pairs. rinse & repeat.