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Gladys & Viv’s Linen Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the fourth and final day of the Linen sewing creations made from the fabric the 4 contestants swapped.  They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up!  Their only stipulation was that the fabric be Linen.  Today, Sara from Gladys and Viv is here to show you what she created:

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be part of linen week!
1-saraBonnie from Fishsticks Designs sent me some great spotty fabric–one yard of the black, and half a yard each of the green and the grey. As it turned out, I wound up not using any of the green, but I’m sure it’ll find its way soon into another project. 
Since this challenge isn’t adult-clothing-only, and I suspected some of the other participants might not be sewing garments for themselves, I seriously considered trying to make something that wasn’t for me to wear. But really, that just wouldn’t be me. So, I made a pair of shorts with my linen–because where better to put a fabric that’s notorious for being wrinkle-prone? Actually I’ve been impressed so far with the lack of wrinkliness. And the fabric is a good weight for shorts, whereas it would’ve been too stiff for anything that needed to drape, so I think I made the right choice.
My base pattern was Simplicity 3435 (vintage, from the early 60s), although I’ve made so many alterations to it now that the finished product bears little resemblance to the original. I’ve added pockets (front and back), lowered the waist and given it belt loops, drafted fold-up cuffs and little tabs to hold them in place, and changed the closure from an invisible side zipper to a fly front. I hadn’t sewn a proper zip fly in a long time, so I followed this tutorial from Oliver + S. The rest of the sewing, though, I just put together as I went along. 
I really like these two fabrics together–I arranged them so the grey accents the black, and the black, in turn, accents the grey. (And I made–or re-fashioned–the top (not linen) I’m wearing specifically because I thought its colors would match well, too.) I got lucky in that I was sent a fabric with a small pattern repeat, but I still spent a lot of time meticulously matching my pieces. There are a few whoops spots, but overall, I’m really happy with it–especially with those back pockets. 
These are definitely the most wearable shorts I’ve made. (And they are short, but I promise they’re longer than they look. I just have really long legs.) Weather permitting, I’ll be wearing them at the Oregon Coast next week, and hopefully throughout the rest of the summer. 
Sorry about the photos… I think I’m still recovering from Me-Made-May a bit; taking pictures of myself is still just not on, hence the multitude of cropped images. That said, if you enjoy awkward photos of me, there are a few more on my blog, Gladys and Viv–come say hi!

Finally, thanks to Bonnie for the fabric, and thanks to the Skirt Fixation team for inviting me to take part in the challenge. I’ve had fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes!

Those are the cutest shorts ever!  The pattern matching is exquisite with just the right amount of contrast detail!  Much applause from this direction for sure.  Now let’s review the four creations submitted for the Linen Challenge.

Vote for your favorite Linen Week Contestant for Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition

1: Jenn from A Jennuine Life

2: Janice from So-Cal Sewing Mom

3: Bonnie from Fishstick Designs

4: Sara from Gladys & Viv

Be sure to vote for your favorite Linen contestant and their fabulous creation by clicking the little circle next to their name.  (We thought our old poll format was boring and we heard it was confusing, so we’ve upgraded to Polldaddy!)

Now go over to the Sew Along and vote for your favorite Linen fabric item there too!

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