Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2 Metre Challenge - Part 1 - Shorts

Back in September in the small amount of the pre-frocktails fabric shopping trip that I popped in on, myself, Kat, Amanda, Liz and Lizzy set ourselves a little challenge/project; we spotted some lovely gingham fabric in the Alannah Hill outlet store and each bought 2m of the fabric with the challenge of seeing what we each made from it.

Kat and Lizzy have already posted their gorgeous projects (click on their names to see, they're great!), but I don't believe the other two have yet (please correct me if I'm wrong ladies).


Anyway, it took me a little while to decide what to do with my gingham. I had a few ideas, but I decided to let them ruminate (aka procrastinated) for a while and eventually committed to a plan over my Christmas/New Year break. With some moral support from Mel I settled on a design... which I will share with you soon. The bonus of my chosen design is that it didn't need the full 2m, and I managed to get this pair of shorts out of the fabric too!

Particularly after seeing Kat's shorts I was really happy that I could get shorts too; it allowed me to get the shorts without straight copying her as I've come up with my own idea too.

The shorts are essentially identical to my Birthday Shorts, except that because the gingham doesn't have any stretch in it they are functionally a bit smaller. Because of this, despite the shorts being finished in early January, I am only able to share them now as I have solved the problem of the shorts being too small by becoming smaller myself. Now they fit perfectly!


The only changes I made to the shorts are adding slash pockets in the front and making the back patch pockets a little bit deeper so that my phone fits in better.

Stay tuned for my 'real' garment for this project soon; I just have some hand sewing left to go to finish!


  1. These looks absolutely fierce, Rach! I can't wait to see the rest of your make xx

  2. Fabulous shorts! In the gingham, you can really see all the lines and pockets set off nicely!

  3. Super cute shorts, great idea too!

  4. They are so cute! Well done on fitting into them now :)
    I'm looking forward to seeing part 2.
    I really must get to my fabric, I'll get there when I get back from my trip :) At the moment I am concentrating on winter clothes

  5. Ooh I love a pair of fun shorts! I can't to see what else you made from the fabric

  6. Those pockets are seriously cute! Go you for epic stashbusting and using every last piece!

  7. Super cute! Shorts are the best. I love the ones I made. Yours are adorable!

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