Another Me Mend garment that became one of my most worn pieces this summer!
This pair of woven rayon shorts with a crochet detail was hanging on a sidewalk rack outside of one of my favourite vintage shops in Lincoln this spring. As is my habit, I thought, ‘these would be perfect if!!’ I think they were priced at $8. Pretty sweet!
Obviously the IF holding back the shorts from perfection was the crochet situation. Super cute, just not for me.
Before I seam ripped the crochet section out, I laid the shorts down and traced the shape of the cutout while it was all secured, so I’d get the most accurate shape of the insert. I used a pencil tip and marked along the edge of the shorts fabric through the crochet holes.
I neglected to take any photos from here on out, mostly because it was such a quick and easy job! I added seam allowance to my cutout shape, including extra for the hem, and cut two pieces out of this silk sent to me from Britex. I didn’t want to take the hem out of the shorts and re-hem it together with the new piece, so I used the hemming method in the above tutorial on the separate cutout pieces.
When I took the crochet pieces off, I found that the edge of the shorts cutout had been serged, and had been turned under all in one seam when the crochet had been applied. So I just serged the edge of my silk, straight stitched it into the shorts cutout, and added a topstitch and bar tacks at the hem for strength. All done!
My new favourite shorts!! I mostly wear them around the house and to bed since the inseam is only about two inches long. New jammies is where it’s at!
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Have a kickass day, and happy sewing!