Sunday, 14 February 2010

Satin Shorts

I've been a very busy bee lately, off all around the country for university open days! I was in Birmingham on Wednesday and happened to stumble upon Gok Wan filming 'How to Look Good Naked' in the Bull Ring shopping centre. It was very interesting to watch them filming it - quite different to how it looks on TV!

Anyway, here's another slightly ridiculous ensemble involving a different hat from my hat stand! I would never be brave enough to wear this out, but it's nice to experiment in the comfort of my own garden. I did have a gold necklace on as well but I took it off to avoid looking like I had literally raided a dressing up box.

The main point of this post is to show you my new homemade black satin shorts, loosely inspired by a pair seen on Florence Welch (only hers were cream coloured). I made them mainly as a challenge to myself - I've always thought shorts would be rather complicated in terms of needing to be exactly the right fit. Anyway, they fit! Hooray!

To make them I traced around panels on a pair of my other shorts, then added a band around the top to make them high waisted. I finished them off with an exposed zip! What do you think of them?



I found this white shirt in a charity shop. Although I quite like the collar, I'm thinking of doing a bit of a DIY on it to change it a bit. No doubt I'll show you the results if I do decide to alter it!

Sadie xxx

33 comments:

Obscene Rabbit said...

lovely shirt.
wear the red hat out, as i think you look great with it honeslty.
i've a question, were you taught how tp sew garments togeather, or are you self taught?

Obscene Rabbit said...

how did you start, did you begin by taking apart ready made clothing?

Georgie said...

Great shorts, I'm jealous of your sewing skills!!
xx

Zoe said...

You are so adorable. I can't over how cute your outfit looks! <3

www.girlwiththeflower.blogspot.com

Gracie. said...

So cute!
I love your blouse! xx

Amelia said...

The shorts look great. You absolutely ought to wear this out. The combination of the hat and the coat are too good to pass up.

Anonymous said...

OMG! i thought it was you!! i saw you at birmingham on saturday :) but i wasnt sure if it was you so i didnt say hi. you looked really nice ahah :)

Hat said...

Nice job! where else are you applying? I'm assuming you're going into fashion? I go to Westminster University (in Northwick park) and a couple of my friends do the fashion course and say its AMAZING. If you apply there let me know!
xxx

le blog de leen said...

perfect little red riding hood pictures :)

leen

Iris. said...

Ahh so sweet!! You shouldn't change the collar, that's what makes this top so victorian-ish and definitely lovely :)
A bientôt!
Iris xx

Marion said...

so lovely! I adore the way you always look with your outfits.
I love the hat, you might wear it out.

Parapluie said...

They look great!

Kat said...

cute blouse :D i would cut the sleeves either to 3/4 or puffed short, maybe you could stitch some crinoline or lace and tiny pearls to it aswell?

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Noelle + Kendall said...

Love the red coat! you look so pretty!

-N + K
www.fanseapants.com

Abi said...

Love the shorts and the blouse :) they really look awesome together :)

Loving your style :D

Abi x
http://beyondvanity.blogspot.com/

OliviaDias said...

The shorts look really nice in the satin fabric, they would look just as good with heels for a night out. You're such a good seamstress, everything you make has such a neat finish, whenever I make anything, its so obviously handmade and messy! x

Jen said...

The shorts are winners! I can see the Florence Welch influence running through this outfit. And you SHOULD wear the hat - it looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

you always say that you're not brave enough to wear certain things out, which is silly because you look lovely! why would you buy things and not wear them out and about? I thought you were all about recycle/reuse etc etc! Just wondering..I love the hat!

Lucy said...

They are so flipping cute. I want. Esp the side zip. I know you probably don't have the time/it's a massive effort/really hard to customise, but you should so make stuff for other people for a bit of extra cash. Serious talent that I'm mega envious of. x

Wanderlust said...

I wish some of your talent would rub off on me somehow! The last time I tried to make a dress... ah let's just say that it's half-finished, abandoned, in a bag under my bed right now!
I'll take it personally if you do not wear this out some time. It's too cute!

hannah said...

looove the coat! and cute hat :) those shorts are impeccable!

Helen said...

they're amazing - looks great with the red hat and coat too!

Friend in Fashion said...

Totally love this outfit - red is stunning on you!

Just came across your blog via Chictopia and love it - now following! :)

www.friendinfashion.blogspot.com
xx

Kookie B. said...

oh dearie, this outfit is so adorable and chic! i love that red coat and red bowler hat!

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:)

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Absolutely love your shorts and the mix of red! Perfection!

Samantha said...

Lovely shorts :)

Bella said...

Ahh Sadie, I really wish I was you. You are amaaazing at sewing and you actually look like a model. I love the outfit and EVERYTHING.Anyways, carry on being amazinggg, I wish I was good at sewing and fashion.
Okay, now I just sound like a stalker :|
xxxx

. said...

wear it out! you rock that outfit!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Gorgeous shorts and love the crisp white shirt with it!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Gem said...

I love this entire outfit! Especially the hat! The shorts you made are fantastic! :)

hokidoki said...

You are such a great sewist with amazing taste for styling. I have nominated your for the Kreativ blogger award and here is the link http://sulovessew.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/award/

Hanna said...

You look lovely, like someone in a really good movie.

Jessica said...

Wow, your style is lovely :) And so is your blog.
So, the nice girl Carrie (from wishwishwish-blog) told me that you'd do DIY clothes and I saw this amazing dress on Topshop which is atm far too expensive for me cos I just bought a new Topshop dress.
It's the casual knot back dress and I just wanna know if there's any chance I could do that myself? And how? You'd make my day with an answer: jcullmann@hotmail.de
Or if that's possible, maybe you could maybe make a pattern for me or something? ahaha, sounds strange to ask that :)
x Jessi
PS: as already told, your blog is amazing!