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Glittery Paisley Cocktail Shorts

Added Dec 28, 2013

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Pleated Shorts – BurdaStyle 2/2013 #129

They’re not that bad, although my mother initially thought they’d look great in a ‘pride’ parade, lol! The groovy fabric wasn’t easy to work with because it was originally an unfinished homemade evening dress I’d found in my vintage 70s stash – I think the fabric is boucle – and it was a few sizes too small for me, so I attacked it with my scissors lol. I had to carry out some hidden piecing so I could have enough fabric for all pattern pieces. At least it came complete with pretty satin lining, which has been used for the inside of the shorts including the pockets. My version grips to the thighs, and it wouldn’t have helped that I didn’t know how to sew crotch seams in, lol (I do now, but didn’t bother fixing it). But I’m sure they won’t split when I sit down and they’re still very comfy to wear. My waist band ended up thinner than intended. I liked learning to sew these shorts including the pleats, they’re my first shorts. Time to put them to use on the New Years’ party circuit, lol. Location: Ponsonby

Material Notes

large weave late-60’s/early-70s paisley mesh with alternate-sized metalic threads – possibly boucle, pink 70s satin lining, sew in interfacing for waistband, pink 70s metal zip for side




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Mod

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    Dec 28, 2013, 08.49 AMby Mary Athey

    These are lovely nadia, i bet you will feel great on new years eve wearing them. Have fun xx

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      Dec 28, 2013, 01.24 PMby sewing fanatic

      I shall my lovely. There’s something about wearing your own projects, especially if they turn out not half bad lol! Have a good one X

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    Dec 28, 2013, 08.04 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Great shorts Nadia! the fabric is very nice – and I know it can be hard working with such fabric. You will be the New Year Star in this shorts! :-)

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      Dec 28, 2013, 01.25 PMby sewing fanatic

      thank you so much for that sweets! – have a Happy New Year!!! x

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