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DIY Silk High Waisted Shorts - Simplicity Pattern 1371

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm the biggest procrastinator when it comes to sewing. I could have the fabric, thread, zipper, and pattern all ready to go 1 month in advance, but I will wait literally 2 DAYS before the event or article of clothing's big debut to start making it. Yet somehow, someway, it works out. & believe me, I am NO PRO - I haven't mastered starting a sewing project without my mother's push and help. She's my sewing mentor. I totally drive her up a wall when I do this, but she's a saint for putting up with me.

Over a month ago my boyfriend warned me there's a neon party planned during our Mexico trip and to pack accordingly (he knows my diva ass needs a month's notice, good looks). But first of all, I thought, neon is YUCK, and second of all, it's November so where the F am I going to find neon or any light color for that matter?

Off to the fabric store I went.

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I chose a hot pink silk fabric along with matching thread and 7 inch zipper. I intended to make a hot pink romper, but just like any sewing tale I tell, my thought up plan never turns out the way I wanted it to be. Once again, somehow, someway, plan B always turns out even better than the original idea.

Side note:  I literally started making these 48 hours before my flight to Mexico. Also, I work a 9-5 job, so you can imagine me (& mom) adding finishing touches all the way up until the time I warmed up my car ready to leave the day of. I'm absolutely nuts.

I decided to go with a pattern I already have to make shorts - Cynthia Rowley Simplicity Pattern 1371. This is the same pattern I used to make my white shorts as well as plunging white halter romper listed under "Beginner's sewing projects by tweaking Simplicity's Sewing Patterns" on my DIY page.

Simplicity Pattern 1371 is also the same pattern I used to make the pants portion of my Nasty Gal Inspired Jumpsuit. If you haven't seen how I did it, check it out here.

Clearly, Simplicity 1371 is my go-to. The pattern contains sleek fitted high shorts AND pants which both call for a high-waisted band, side zipper, as well as front pleats and back darts for an extremely flattering slim look. It also calls for front pockets, which I've used for all my pieces except these shorts. Last but not least, 1371 includes a crop top & halter pattern that I have yet to try.

Get this pattern delivered to your doorstep from Amazon here.

I rocked my shorts with American Apparel Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Crop Top in white, a beaded pink statement necklace, and Steve Madden cognac platform wedges from DSW. I can't tell you how many compliments and priceless reactions I got from people after I told them I made them!

If you haven't read about my lucky trip to Mexico, get on that ASAP & read it here:
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