Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Shorts and Shenanigans

K needed a new pair of shorts for FL so during the flurry of Easter sewing I grabbed the Oliver + S Class Picnic pattern and whipped out a quick pair.

Class Picnic Shorts
 


They are size 12 and fit okay once they are on but...K being 13 almost 14 no longer has a child's body.  And those curves present a bit of a problem getting shorts/pants on that aren't stretchy and/or don't have a zip fly.  I'll probably go back and redo the waistband and put in a zip fly as I doubt they'll get much wear time as is.

Now on to the shenanigans!
 

lauren and me
 
While we were in Florida I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren of The Thinking Closet.  I'm always a bit nervous meeting someone new.  As much as you might think you know someone from reading their blog, there's still that bit of unknown when meeting them in person.  Let me tell you, Lauren is even more genuine and kind in person.:)  K tagged along as she and I had plans to get her fitted for new running shoes after the meet up.  Lauren put us both at ease and as we left K remarked, "Mom, I think Lauren is the nicest person I've ever met." High words of praise from a teenager!  Thanks, Lauren for showing us around.  Hopefully, we can do it again next year!
 
meetup with Lauren


*If you're interested in hearing more about what the family and I did on vacation, I have a travel blog:  Siestas and Travels where I blog about our trips and fun outings.;)




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  1. I like the shorts on K
    How exciting (& nerve-wracking too - I get nervous meeting new people too) to meet a friend - glad you had fun!

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    1. I double checked this morning to see if it's worth the trouble of putting a zipper in and she said to go for it...though they are too short for school! Thanks!

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  2. I checked out your vacation blog and enjoyed all the photos of the fun you had. When I saw the photos of the Skyway Bridge, I realized just how close you were to where I live! That bridge is 20-22 minutes away from my home in St. Petersburg!

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    1. Too funny! We had originally planned to spend a couple of nights near St. Pete/Tampa on the Gulf...maybe next time.;) It's a beautiful area!

      C

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  3. What do you think you're going to do as far as sewing patterns for K? Is she big enough yet to move onto women's sewing patterns? I ask because I've found a huge gap in sewing patterns... it's very rare to find a woman's size 2 sewing pattern...

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    1. She can still fit into Ottobre Design so I'll probably use those for now. None of the woman's patterns really fit her yet. There's a dress pattern by Andrea of The Train to Crazy (Simply Lovely dress) that I pattern tested and it has teen sizing. I'm planning on making K a dress from that in the next month or two. And I think Make It Perfect has XS sizes on their women's patterns too. I really wish one of the independent designers would put out a teen clothing line with basic patterns that could be customized...

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  4. Those shorts are a great look- they really transition across a big age bracket. Good luck on your teen pattern search I'm sure the indie patterns will expand their kids grow- not that that helps you today :) How fun to get to meet up with a friend!

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    1. Thanks! The 2 younger girls should be set as long as the indie pattern designers keep designing as their kids get older....and I certainly hope they do!

      Cindy

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  5. Ahhhh! I'm totally floored by this post for several reasons.

    A) Those shorts? I want them. So unique and K is really rockin' that look. Pretty soon, I have a feeling every other one of her friends will be rockin' it, too.

    B) Your sweet words (and pics!) about our meet-up have warmed my heart incredibly, Cindy! I, too, was so delighted to get to meet you I.R.L. You have the best smile and laugh...and such a carefree attitude about life. (No wonder you're a beach gal!) And yes, here's to hoping we can make our meet-ups an annual event!

    C) K's comment about me? No words. I don't deserve such high praise, but I'll take it and save it for a rainy day when I need a pick me up. Please thank K for me! And tell her that I think she's the bee's knees and I'm so glad she joined us for our meet-up! Wish I could be in a book club with you both!

    MAJOR HUGS.

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    1. A)K can pretty much pull any look off...and those shorts will be getting a lot of wear, once I add a zip fly.:)

      B)Now you're making me blush!

      C)You absolutely deserve that praise! Wouldn't a book club be fun? btw, I kind of stalled on the "urban fantasy" definition when you asked. A couple of authors in that genre that I've read are Patricia Briggs and Seanan McGuire.

      A bit of a disjointed reply but I'm trying to clear my to-do list in a hurry on this monday morning. Hope you have a great week!

      Cindy

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful holiday and even more special because of the meet up! Isn't it such a pity that teens aren't catered for better by sewing pattern companies? Burda Magazine have that age group sometimes - I'll keep a look out for you.

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  7. The shorts look great on her. I think I might give the pattern a try. I haven't used Oliver + S yet, but I've bookmarked a few of their patterns for future use. I have a very slim 9 year old girl and I am a little nervous about using the patterns for her clothes because most of the finished projects I've seen look like they run wide. Did you have to adjust the pattern at all?

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! As long as I go by measurements, I've been okay. I typically end up sewing up a smaller size than my kids' ages and add length. Some of the designs have a bit more ease than others but the patterns also have the finished garment measurements listed on them so it's helpful to look at that.:)

      Cindy

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