Yanno, as you do!
Inspiration: I was perusing Wearing History’s patterns when I came across this one
I thought to myself ‘Oh I think that’s a circular trouser draft, like the Sunkissed Sweethearts pattern‘ (which also happens to be a Wearing History pattern). Then I thought to myself ‘Oh, but wait! I have a LOT of white broadcloth and voile, I could make one of these using the Sunkissed Sweethearts pattern!’ Then I thought ‘And I could use up all that white lace I keep collecting from op shops. Stashbusting!’
Next thing I knew I’d whipped out the Sunkissed Sweethearts pattern and my copious amounts of white fabric, and had cut out my own rendition of the Edwardian Drawers.
I removed the gathers on the Sweetheart shorts draft (very easy to do) and cut them out in the broadcloth with the curve to the side and extra fabric in the back so I didn’t need closures. The lower part I simply used the curve of the hem on the top part, and cut-and-spread to create a circular ruffle to fit on it.
It was a tiny step from it being cut to having it sewing up. They’re basically elastic-waisted shorts with a fancy ruffle. Too easy! Sewing on the lace took twice as long as it took to make the drawers up. Oh, and unlike in the original pattern description, which has the drawers open in the crotch, I sewed mine together because, like, modern living, like. And I wanted to wear it as outerwear, not underwear!
I put elastic in the front to get it to hug my figure, and a draw-string white ribbon in the back, which ties at the side coz I was silly and put the openings for the drawstring accidentally on the side. Oops!
Around the curve of the upper leg.
Around the lower hem. I need to cut out the fabric from behind the lace. Taking the photo on a darker background might have made it clearer…
I then wore them styled with a white top and a pretty blue sash. The only real FAIL was getting a photo without a silly expression!
You can have me squinting against the glare…
Or me laughing with my eyes closed!
Or a nice expression except my face is turned away from the camera to show off the back.
Back home again, this is to show what it looks like without the top over it. I think they really do look like vintage drawers! *smug*
I love this view. They really do look like so many pictures of Edwardian ladies in their drawers I’ve seen on pinterest. No butt-hugging happening here!
They’re cool, they’re very comfy, they’re very pretty, they’re easy to get on and off. I love them 🙂