Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chanel Shorts

The sewlution trousers didn't happen people. But look! I made shorts! I tell myself that spending quality time with my friends and family (i.e. Project Runway marathons with mom!) were more important this month than meeting a sewing goal. Why I had to wait until the very last month of 2013 to start thinking about my sewlution, I'm not sure, but I do know that the trousers will get made sooner or later. If anything, because my wardrobe is in urgent need of some comfortable and chic black pants. Hells, my wardrobe is pretty much in need of everything!
The Chanel shorts: My idea was to make these simple shorts in order to perfect the fit of my pant bloc before cranking up the volume on the trouser complexity. All in the name of perfect fit, three muslins were made, each more disastrous than the next (we just about had a second crotch growing out of the side on one of them) only to return to the original version, which frankly embodied godly perfection next to its monster cousins. (Cousins not shown -- not that they were not deserving of pictures, but we were concerned with protecting the sensibility of our more delicate sewist readers.)
The fabric, purchased at Mood's in NYC, has NOT spent the entire year of 2013 being cuddled and sweet-talked by its proprietress (no way). I don't think the photos here can convey the extent of its beauty (black is always tricky to photograph) but it's a synthetic bouclé woven with strands of lurex -- black lurex on one side and silver on the other. I chose to work with the black side for a less flashy (and tacky?) effect. I freaking love this fabric.
The best thing about these shorts is that they require next to no yardage. The temptation to pick up gorgeous brocades from the Toronto fashion district and whip out a few more of these will be strong, I know!
What would I do differently next time? The fabric is quite loosely woven and not very thick, so I would actually interline it with either silk organza or muslin. I would also make sure to use a zipper with a "stopper" that would prevent it from accidentally coming undone. I was able to partially solve the problem with a hook and an eye, but it still doesn't feel 100%.
A note about the background: whenever in Toronto, I love to visit my sister at Bobette and Belle, where she works. I know the Quebeckers among you will probably think "what an unfortunate name choice" seeing that "bobette" in Québec parlance means "undies". Nonetheless, this name has not stopped the business from becoming one of the most established cake decorators of the city, and, in my book, the perfect place to have a coffee and a slice of cake on a Sunday morning. So cool that my sister works there. *cough* discounted macarons *cough*
Can you imagine spending your days surrounded by these beauties? Dream job! Though, how my sister maintains her vavoom figure in this environment is a mystery to me. Featured: chocolate ganache cake, a.k.a, the Ferrero Rocher of cakes a.k.a the best cake EVER.
Happy sewing everyone! (Are you suddenly hungry for chocolate cake? I know I am!)

Adrienne xo

23 comments:

  1. Love the shorts! The best motivation to finally complete my own wool shorts - all cut out and waiting to be put together. Yours are so elegant.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing yours! Winter shorts are the best.

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  2. Oh my, that cake looks amazing! And the shorts are pretty cool too of course.

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    1. That cake tasted ten times more delicious than it looks, if you can wrap your mind around that! Lol.

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  3. You should have quilted the fabric to the lining, same technique which is used for Chanel jackets ;-)

    With this hair-do and make-up you look like a movie star! Multiple like ;)

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    1. Oh thanks for the compliment. :-) You know it's funny that you mention the quilting because I was just thinking the same today. I can definitively see the point of doing this, if all bouclés are as loosely woven -- it really does need the added reinforcement. Do you think it would be too late now to quilt it, or are you supposed to do this before the finishing? (I know nothing about this process)

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    2. It is too late to quilt because by quilting you shrink both the fashion fabric and the lining. Unless you have left large seam allowances and you are willing to unravel hem and side seams, which I think is not worth at this stage. I posted about the jacket quilting here. But in two words the process is following: you finishe quilting first, then you close the seams on the fashion fabric by machine and only then you close the lining seams by hand. If you find this too confusing do not hesitate to email me and I will provide you with clearer answer :)

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    3. Thanks for the info! I well, it might be too late for my shorts, but it's not too late for a little French jacket in the same fabric! Can't wait!

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  4. Love the shorts! I'm sure my daughter would love a pair like these. And that cake looks yummy! Yes, do tell how your sis stays so slim! I ate a slice of coc cake last night and it went straight to my hips!

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    1. Lol! It's the biggest mystery in my life right now. Will keep you updated if I ever solve it.

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  5. Gorgeous fabric, chic shorts, delicious looking cake - sounds like a winning combo! Enjoy your time with family (with some fabric shopping squeezed in, too!)

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  6. Swoon! Those shorts are absolutely divine. I love the subtle sheen the black lurex gives them. They're so sophisticated, but playful at the same time. They look killer on you!

    Also, that cake looks freaking delicious. Why did I move away from the big city with fancy French bakeries? I'll just eat this diet ice cream sandwich, instead...sigh.

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  7. Oh, your shorts are adorable! I love thick warm shorts worn on top of wooly tights. It's my answer to wearing dresses in winter (which I never do). I was wondering where your pics were taken, I've not heard of this store but will be sure to check it out!

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  8. Your shorts are great. I imagine you could get away with quilting them post-construction for this case. And I love B&B,too; anyplace with a giant wall of cake and good macarons? Ace.

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  9. Oh, that choclate cake looks delicious! And the shorts realy are great, they look good on you.

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  10. Love these! That fabric looks AMAZING! And if you ever come for a visit to Montreal can we please hang out?!

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  11. OMG those shorts - amazing! And that cake - yum!

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  12. Great shorts! Love the fabric!

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  13. love your new shorts! amazing fabric..

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  14. I thought I was in for some eye candy of the delicious fabric variety on opening up this post... and I got it. But I wasn't expecting actual edible eye candy of the infinitely amazing variety as well!! If only I didn't live so far away...
    LOVE your shorts. You do black very well and the idea of throwing on a pair of boucle shorts with tights in winter really, really appeals to me. I'm filing that in the 'inspiration for later' brain box :)

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  15. They're lovely! Trouser fitting - headache! I've just been jigging around some trouser patterns of my own and they're a law unto themselves! So glad to have found your blog!

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  16. Those shorts are so chic! They look amazing on you.

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