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Summer Time with Winter Wear Designs

It’s time for the Winter Wear Designs Summer Time Blog Tour! Are you ready? Read on to hear about my outfit and the sale.

Summer snuck up on me this year. It seemed to be spring for a long time and I was shocked when I looked up and it was June! Time for some new shorts. I bought the Endless Summer Shorts during a sale for only $3.00! Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs has some wonderful sales so be sure to join the Facebook Page or sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss the next one. It was quick work to choose the patterns I wanted to use since it was recently that I bought the Endless Summer Shorts. A quick look through the shop brought me to the Outer Banks Boatneck. This pattern was given to me for the blog tour, but all opinions are my own.

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Choosing fabrics turned out to be a much more difficult task than choosing patterns. Despite having a mountainous stash, nothing seemed to match, coordinate, or be the correct fabric type! I finally found royal blue mystery fabric from the 80s. Perfect! lol    It was a 3/4 yard piece of the color of the year (which I never knew existed until being in sewing groups), and was just right for the Endless Summer Shorts. Outer Banks Boatneck needed stripes I thought, and after looking through piles and boxes of fabric, found the blue and white jersey. Yay! I think it took longer to choose fabric than it did to sew up the outfit!

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I quickly made a muslin of the shorts to check the fit and was surprised I didn’t need to change anything other than the grading to a smaller waist size that I’d done. It’s not often that pockets sit so nicely on my hips with the grading I almost always have to do from waist to hip! I did choose to lengthen the inseam by 2 1/2″ for personal preference. I like the loose fit of these shorts. They are perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want your clothes to cling! My sisters would surely say they are too big, and next time I might try a hip size smaller and lengthen them just a little more so I can have a nice hem. This one is tiny, barely 3/8″. The Endless Summer Shorts come in sizes XXS-XXXL! Here is a list of  features from the listing.

Features:

  • Shorts with 2.5 inch inseam
  • Front Pockets
  • Elastic waist
  • Optional pocket detail
  • Optional Lace/trim hem
  • Optional Cuffed Hem (adds 1 inch to the finished length)
  • Optional Drawstring detail
  • Optional lining

I thought about doing a cotton lace trim on the hem, but my husband thought it looked better without. I don’t usually wear anything tucked into my shorts or pants, but took some photos this way so you could see the pockets and waistband.

The Outer Banks Boatneck is as easy as any t-shirt. Of the three neckline options, I chose to do facings. There are four sleeve options and two lengths. It comes in sizes 00-24. Wow, you could have a different Outer Banks Boatneck for every day of the week without any two being alike! My only change was to add 1/2″ to extend the shoulder (I find WWD patterns to be too narrow for mine). It would have extremely easy to sew up, but my fabric was curling something awful so It took a bit longer than it should have. I thought about doing an htv on my shirt (something patriotic in red vinyl for July 4th), but couldn’t decide. What do you think?

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Suzanne has graciously put 15 patterns on sale for the blog tour for only $4 each! Go see for yourself at Winter Wear Designs! No code is needed to get the sale price.

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Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour to see what they have sewn up for summer time!

Don’t miss out on any of these stops on our Summertime Blog Tour:

6/29
Patricia of Sew Far North
6/30
Lim of KekeSews

Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse

7/1
Debbie Groves Guest Posting at WWD
Diane of Sewing With D
7/2
Livia of Liviality
7/3
Aurelie of Maglice&So
Donnisha Jones Guest Posting at WWD

 

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