Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back to life

I'm back! There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to express how glad I am to have my life back after two weeks of working non-stop. But I made it through somehow, and now I have a lot of catching up to do!

Because I didn't get a chance to properly do so before I was thrust into crazy work zone, let me first say a heartfelt thank you to you all for the wonderfully kind comments on my wedding photo post. I'm so happy I was able to share that with you. Of course I don't know very many of you in person, but I do feel like my 'readers' (seems a cold term, doesn't it?) are part of my online family. :)

Anyway, since I did nothing but work for two weeks I really have little to share! I still have to do an outfit post from prior to my crazy two weeks of work, but instead here's an outfit post from this weekend. We packed a lot into yesterday and today since I was able to do nothing for so long. Today's outing involved a lovely brunch at our friend's house complete with champagne with a smidge of St. Germain,  savory casseroles, biscuits and cobbler. Oh my, was it ever yummy! So I'm featuring the outfit I wore for today's adventures.

In the last couple of weeks I received two parcels in the mail that I didn't even get a chance to really open until this weekend. (Isn't that crazy? How can you be too busy to open goodies from the mail?!) One was a vintage sundress all the way from Latvia with a 'folkloric' feel. The other was an order from beltmaker Cassie Stephens, whose Etsy shop I've always drooled over. I tend to be one of those people who hem and haw over something for so long that it takes me forever to make a decision. I knew I wanted one of her belts but could never seem to decide on what buckle or what fabric. I finally decided on two, and boy am I ever pleased! Not only was she a sweatheart to work with, the belts were packaged wonderfully, and they are beautiful.  I just love, love, love them to bits!

So of course, my outfit today featured my two new purchases.

The dress features contrasting blue bias trim and two large pockets. I swapped out the self belt for one of my new belts. I have a difficult time pairing prints together, so I'm trying to learn to be a bit more daring. I think it worked!

I also tried another thing that was a change from my norm. I am usually a red nail polish girl, but I know women in the 40s did venture out into other colors, so I thought I'd try a periwinkle blue. It was really fun to do a half moon manicure this way! I may have to try this out with some other colors.

I particularly loved how it tied in with the belt!

I've been really into yellow lately, so I threw a bit of that in with my Bakelite bangles and Sven clogs. I definitely need more yellow accessories.

I carried a vintage sadle bag style purse that fits a lot more than the handbags I usually prefer. But it even fits my new DSLR camera, so it's gotten a lot of use this summer.

It's too hot and humid here to even think about setting my hair and wearing it down (I admit, I can't stand having hair on my neck when it's hot out!), so I twisted the front up in a bit of a pompadour at one side and wore a bun. The navy flower earrings I made myself.

All in all it was a fun day, in a fun outfit. I went outside my usual style boundaries a wee bit and feel pretty good about it!

Look out soon for a couple of giveaways. I was planning one already, and another awhile later once I hit 300 followers, but it seems I reached 300 while I was off working. (Wow!) So keep your eyes peeled for some fun things, soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

All work and no play

Hi dear readers! I just wanted to let you all know you won't be hearing a peep from me until after next Friday. I found out at work Monday morning that a huge September deadline was moved to July 29th, giving us 2 weeks to complete something we formerly had 2 months left to do. I have done nothing but work or sleep since 7.30am Monday.

If I owe you an email or a reply, I'm sorry! I hope to catch up with life after the 29th... well probably after sleeping that entire weekend. Ha!

So I leave you with one picture from the outfit post I was planning from the weekend, you'll just have to wait for more. ;)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Our wedding day

I finally had a chance to sit down and write up my Big Wedding Post!

Before I get started, let me say that most of the photos in this post are from our photographer, Kimmy Noonen. The few non-watermarked photos were taken by my mom and step-dad. Kimmy was a joy to work with. By the end my dad said she was like an old friend. Her photos are so amazing I can't stop looking at them all. Suffice it to say this is a really, really image-heavy post, and only a drop in the bucket as far as memorable photos we have from that day!

As you all know, Mel and I got married on Friday, June 17th. Up until literally the day of the wedding we'd been having pretty crappy weather in Chicago that month. Case in point two days earlier, my dad flew in from New Mexico and it was pouring cats and dogs. But the forecast all week looked good for Friday, and it stayed that way. The weather was absolutely perfect! Which is a good thing, since it was an outside wedding and we really had no alternate plan other than umbrellas.

This was a guerrilla wedding. No reserved location, no aisle, no wedding party, no bouquet. It was held along the trails at the North Park Village Nature Center, 155 acres of nature smack dab in the middle of the city. When you're there it's hard to imagine you're in Chicago. We had no idea exactly how it would go, descending upon the place with our parents, Mel's sisters, their husbands and 5 kids total, our closest friend in Chicago and our photographer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pretty pearly pins

I have been having an exhausting week at work, the kind where I come home and can only think about crafting in my head and can't actually bring myself to do anything. However today I worked from home. I think one of the best things about working from home is that as soon as I'm off work I can work on a project if I'd like, rather than dealing with a commute first that adds to the tired feeling. Today, I'm working on my current sewing project.

But I'm not here to complain about work! I'm actually here to marvel over the little things in our crafts that make a big difference. I have had the same ball head pins for years and years. As they are wont to do, they've slowly disappeared or been thrown out over time, so I was left having to resort to supplement my pins with a package of tiny pins I've always hated. The shaft was too short, the heads were too small, and they generally made me cranky every time I had to use one. And, well, that's a lot when you sew. Awhile back I bought another pack of pins at a craft store only to get them home and find they were too dull, so I was left back in the same position.

Meanwhile I was seeing beautiful pearly looking pins all over the crafty blogosphere in people's sewing projects and looked at them with envy. So pretty! And obviously functional for apparel sewing, something my last purchase wasn't. Why didn't I have any of those? I had pin envy!

So finally I remembered when ordering fabric recently to see if they sold pearly pins like the ones I'd seen. And they did! And they were hardly anything fancy, at under $5 for a box of 100 at Denver Fabrics.

Well they arrived this week and I am in love! How can I possibly be so enthralled, so happy to pick up each of these lovely pins each and every time?

I mean, they're just pins. Pretty pins, but pins nonetheless.

But they make me smile, and I am happy to grab for one of them when I need to use them. They don't make me cranky. Far from it! It's amazing how one simple little thing like that can really help your craft, isn't it?

(Recognize the project yet? I'm really excited by it!)

So I ask you, my dear readers—what crafty tools or supplies have you found that really make a difference in your craft or just bring a smile to your face whenever you use them? Do share!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Finished project: New York leaf dress

I'm so happy to report that my dress is complete! Friday afternoon I put the finishing touches on the sundress I started last weekend.

I'd been getting increasingly frustrated with sewing lately and finally realized what was bogging me down in several of my abandoned projects: the muslins. I decided I just needed to take a chance and wing it without one, so last weekend that's what I did. Not having a long history of sewing under my belt I don't have nearly the fabric stash of some, but I rifled through what I do have and came up with a nice printed cotton. Just something I picked up at JoAnn'sin fact it actually says in the selvedge it's made for JoAnn's. Can you believe it? It's such a great print, isn't it? It definitely has a vintage feel to me. I know many of you commented on it when I posted about my zipper earlier in the week. The only funny thing about it is that the leaves are printed so that they go side to side, not up and down, which is slightly odd. I promise I didn't sew it against the grain. ;)

(Sorry some of these photos are a bit grainy, we were trying to beat sunset and taking photos quickly behind our friend's apartment building.)

I used New York Patterns 1067, a casual sundress with a bound, gathered scoop neck, one ruffled, gathered pocket, two soft pleats at the front and back bodice, a tied belt and full skirt. Any guesses on the year of this pattern? All I could turn up about the company was a Wikipedia blip that mentioned it was in business until the early 50s.

I made a few changes. I omitted the ruffle around the pocket and instead of making a tied belt, I used Casey's belt tutorial and made my own belt with a vintage buckle. I really like how both the pocket and belt came out, even if the instructions for sewing the pocket were a bit goofy. I just did what I felt made more sense and it worked fine. I used the fabric off-grain for the pocket and belt so that the leaves would go right side up for a bit of visual interest. I love the cute gathers on the pocket! It's a fun detail that mirrors the neckline.

I also made my own 1/2" bias tape to use around the inside of the armholes. I didn't topstitch the binding after turning it to the inside, however, though that seems to be the more usual application. Instead I did a blind stitch hem by hand. I wasn't sure if that was commonly "done" but I did find it referenced in a vintage sewing book, so that was good enough for me.

Speaking of bias tape, the neck was the one really strange part of the pattern. It included a bias cut piece for the neck binding, but the piece was way wider than what was pictured in the pattern, even after taking seam allowances into consideration. So I just made my own bias tape and ditched the pattern piece. I ended up having a snafu with the neckline, however, and had to do it three times. It was after the first time that I decided 1" bias tape would look a lot better than 1/2", so I made some for the second try. However that time the binding looked like it was going to flop towards the outside and be slightly bunchy. But I did some research and found that you have to slightly stretch the bias tape as you pin it prior to sewing. Once I did that it came together great! I'm really pleased with how the finished neckline looks now and am so glad I persevered and ripped it out twice to get it just right. It's perfect now.

Look, I even made a belt stay for my belt! This would be a good time to admit how much I loathe my tube turner. Ugh! Even if the results are worth it.

The other main adjustment I made was to use a different skirt than in the pattern. I really prefer more A-line skirts, and thought I'd like this dress a lot better that way than with the full skirt as pictured. As it happens I had the next pattern down from it, 1066, which had just the skirt I was looking for. One piece for the front and one for the back, which is the same as on my all-time favorite vintage dress (which hasn't made an appearance on my blog yet).

I used the skirt pieces from New York 1066 with the rest of the pieces from New York 1067 and it worked like a charm!

(Whoops, wrinkles...I'd been wearing it a few hours at this point, sorry!)

I can't tell you how much I love this dress! I feel like it worked up pretty much exactly like I hoped when compared to the drawings. The only exception was the bodice was more blousy than pictured, so I just gathered it deeper at the neckline.

It's so comfy and a great dress for summer, with the roomy open armholes, relaxed bodice and scoop neck. Much as I love collared blouses and dresses, they feel so confining when the temperature starts to rise. This is just perfect.

(I know this photo is blurry but I kind of like the action shot...)

I really could see myself filling my wardrobe with different versions of this dress! Maybe contrasting binding, either a solid color or maybe another print for fun? Two pockets or different shaped pockets, or maybe some embroidery on the pocket or neckline... vintage rayon for a more drapey look... darker prints for Fall with a cardigan... maybe a bow belt... you name it!

Tell me—how would you envision sewing this dress up? Could you see this pattern as a wardrobe staple?

I'm so, so pleased with this dress! And my head is swirling with ideas for other dresses. I have some cotton in navy with tiny white polka dots... maybe it wants to be a sundress, too. Time to consult my patterns!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Outfits for going out on the town

Happy Thursday!

I thought I'd share a couple of my outfits from the long 4th of July holiday weekend. We ran lots of errands and ate yummy food out all weekend. These were my outfits on Sunday.

Now, you've already seen my new restyled shorts, but I took them out on the town for another spin!

Outfit details: Clarks sandals, a style that I still regret not buying in every single color (and a spare pair to boot!) when they were being sold a couple of years ago, Bakelite bangles in red and navy, a wicker basket purse Mel got me for our anniversary earlier this year, and my hand sewn feedsack blouse. It was one of my first projects when I started to get into sewing last summer. It was from a late 50s or early 60s pattern for a sleeveless shell that was a size too small, so it was my first go at resizing a sewing pattern. The shoulders are too wide on me, so I have to pin my bra straps in. Plus for some reason I inserted a side seam invisible zipper with a hook and eye closure under my armpit. Who can reach a hook and eye under their armpit? Certainly not me, so I always need help getting into and out of it. But despite the minor flaws I'm still pretty proud of it, and the fabric (chickens and flowers!) is fantastic. This is the fabric that made me fall head over heels over feedsacks.

My second outfit was from later that evening, when we went out to one of our favorite restaurants, Mon Ami Gabi. We had only been to the location in Las Vegas, but the one in Chicago proved to be just as good if not better. Just divine!

Outfit details: my hand knit Briar Rose sweater from my knit-along, skirt from Knee Deep Vintage in Chicago (the skirt that I actually based my color yarn selection for Briar Rose on, even though this was the first time I wore them together!), black wedges, wide plastic bangle and (not that you can really tell) What Katie Did seamed stockings. I love them but was sad to find their nude is darker than, well, my nude. Any suggestions for more pale seamed stockings? I don't think of myself as super pale but in the daylight you can definitely tell these are too dark on me.

Hope you have been enjoying your week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Little triumphs

I'm so flattered by all the wonderful feedback on my shorts restyle tutorial, thanks everyone! ♥

Lately I rarely seem to do little posts about things, so here's a break from my usual long-winded style. LOL

Yesterday, I spent 4 1/2 hours inserting a lapped zipper into the side seam of a dress I'm working on. You read that right, 4 1/2 hours of my life on a zipper. It was an afternoon and evening full of frustrations. I did a test run on some scrap fabric that worked well. I knew because of the 1/2" seam allowance in my vintage pattern that I'd need to add a small piece of fabric to extend the seam allowance, which I figured out (incidentally this was a huge pain in the rump and I'm still not sure of the best way to finish it all from the inside, so next time I will extend the seam allowance on the pattern pieces instead!). I did this on the underlap side, but thought I could get away without doing it on the lapped side, because the first time I tried it I felt it make the overlap too stiff. Two passes at hand picking the zipper, unpicking and several hours later, I realized I was wrong. Eventually, I was able to get it to work.

Why is this remarkable? It's just par for the course for most sewists. But I'm prone to giving up when I encounter frustrations like this. In fact much smaller frustrations have stopped me in my tracks. But this time I kept going. Even though I kept getting more frustrated as the evening went on and other problems mounted up, like the fabric getting a bit weary and saggy after all the handling. I kept on going.

And now I have my very first lapped zipper and hand picked zipper, all in one. Far from perfect, but dag nabbit, it's in, it laps, it looks pretty good and it fits.

And on a more fun and less frustrating note: this weekend I made my first bias tape for the same project! I hope to have the dress finished this week to show off soon.

(Want to learn how to do a lapped zipper? Check out Casey's 40s style side seam zipper tutorial and Gertie's vintage-style lapped zipper tutorial.  Or a hand picked zipper? Tasia has a tutorial on that, too. This Threads Magazine article is also very helpful.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tutorial: Restyle vintage trousers into shorts

I hope everyone over here in the U.S. had a lovely long holiday weekend. I have lots of things I hope to share with you over the next week or so (including wedding photos!), so I better get crackin' since it's already Tuesday, huh?

Today I have a little tutorial for a fun idea that I claim no credit in inventing!

We're probably all familiar with the concept of cut off shorts. Many of us wore them when we were younger, and I saw a pair just yesterday. You know the kind. Often born out of a pair of jeans with ratty knees, cut off and left to fray unceremoniously.

As I've mentioned before, I've been working up to the idea of wearing (and sewing) shorts for summer. The patterns I ordered from Wearing History arrived the other day, and I'm now just awaiting an order from Denver Fabrics so I can try my hand at shorts.

Anyway, the other day I was catching up on my blogs and couldn't believe it when I saw this post by Miriam of Kafferepet. Oh my goodness! I wasn't sure if they were the same jeans, but it looked like she cut the legs off a pair of Freddie's of Pinewoods jeans and turned them into shorts. Genius! (Update: Rueby pointed out in the comments that Freddie's actually sold these shorts at one point!) Coincidentally I had just the same style of Freddie's jeans myself. In fact, they were jeans that I never actually wore because the legs of that particular style were just too wide to be comfortable on me. this photo from VLV in 2009 shows about the only time I ever wore them. I always thought it was a shame because the pockets were so darn cute.

So, inspired by Miriam, I decided to restyle my forgotten jeans into shorts with a neat cuffed hem. It was a quick and easy project and suitable for sewists of any skill level. Because it requires very little actual sewing, you could even accomplish this without a sewing machine.

And what a great idea for vintage trousers that may have seen better days, don't you think? Or ones that fit great on top but leave something to be desired on the bottom, like ill-fitting legs or a stubborn stain? You can give them a new lease on life this summer! And if sewing up a pair of vintage shorts yourself is a bit over your head right now, why not try this shortcut to shorts?

With that, I offer you a little tutorial...

How to restyle a pair of vintage trousers into cuffed shorts

  • A pair of trousers, naturally! (I used a modern pair of 1950s-style utility jeans, but you could use any pair of high-waisted trousers.)
  • Sewing machine or willingness to sew by hand
  • Matching thread
  • Optional: rayon seam binding, lace hem tape or bias tape

The process is fairly simple, but if you've never done a cuffed hem before you might want to practice a bit. Why not try it on the bottom of the trouser leg, since you won't be needing it any longer, anyway?

Now, you may not want a cuffed hem. If you don't, you're welcome to do whatever hem treatment you'd like! There are many examples of both cuffed and plainly hemmed shorts from the 30s through the 50s, so really both would be appropriate.

{source: Etsy}

{source: Quality Time}
I think it comes down to personal taste and what would work best with your type of fabric. I opted for a cuffed hem for a nice finished look to the denim, so that's what I'll show you how to do in this tutorial.

Preparing the trousers

1) Decide the finished length you'd like your shorts to be. As you know, vintage trousers have much longer rises than modern ones, so don't be surprised if you end up with a hemline that's only a couple of inches from the crotch but still results in shorts that are far from scandalously short. If you have another pair of shorts or a playsuit that's a length you like, lay them flat on a table and measure from the natural waist to the hemline. Since I had no other shorts for a comparison, I measured the length against a fantastic new playsuit I just got from Adeline's Attic.

In my case, the length from the waist to the hem was 14.5".

2) Lay your trousers out and mark with chalk or a pen that length down from the waist. (You may notice I actually decided to mark mine at 14". And pardon all the pet hair on these, I should have lint rolled them before!)

A word of caution: make sure the line where you'll want your hem is at least 2.5" lower than the bottom of the crotch of your trousers (longer if you choose a cuff deeper than 2"). Why? Take a look...

You'll be folding up a cuff, and you want to make sure there's room to fit the cuff in and not have too much fabric bunching up between your legs.

3) Decide how deep you'll want your cuff. I think 1.5" or 2" is about perfect for the right vintage look. I went with 1.5".

4) Keep in mind that the line you just marked will be the bottom of your hem/cuff. Multiply the depth of your cuff by 2. For me that was 1.5" x 2 = 3". Then add another inch or more for your seam allowance. Make a note of that number.

Now this is up to you how you'd like to approach this part. When I did mine I was a bit unsure about how I was going to treat the free edge on the inside so I tacked on about 2", knowing I could trim it down later. This is also a good idea if you are worried about your skills in this department. Erring on the side of having too much extra fabric means you won't accidentally end up with shorts that bare it all because you cut the seam allowance down too much and had to raise the hemline more than you anticipated. Later when you decide how to treat your inside seam, you can decide exactly how much fabric you'll need for the seam allowance. Something to keep in mind: folding bulky fabric sometimes eats a bit fabric more than you planned since each fold is so thick, another good reason to err on the side of caution here. My 2" seam allowance turned into about 1" after all the folding.

5) Measure down the leg from your initial marked line by the number you decided on in the previous step. (Sorry my ruler isn't quite aligned in this photo!) This bottom line will be your cut line.

6) Very carefully, line your trouser leg up so that you have the grain as straight as possible, and carry your chalk/pen marks all the way across the leg. Take your time with this—you don't want to end up with wonky cuffs! If you're really nervous, you could cut the legs several inches lower and then mark the line along your body or on a dress form, but frankly I think this way works just as well and takes a lot less time. 

I had help with this step...

Here's my top line marked with chalk and pins, and the bottom just marked with chalk. Don't bother pinning the bottom line since you'll be cutting the legs off along this line momentarily.

7) Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the second leg.

8) When both legs are properly marked, cut the rest of the trouser legs off at the lowest marked lines.

Suddenly they're looking a lot more like shorts, aren't they?

Preparing the cuffs

You're now going to press the lines of your cuffs prior to sewing. If you find this section confusing, there are several tutorials online on how to do this, like this video. It should be said at this point that there are lots of ways to sew a cuffed hem, and I'm just showing you this one particular method. I'm not saying it's necessarily the best method nor the easiest, just one method I like. Feel free to do it any way you'd like! One of the reasons I like this way, however, is that I can precisely control the length of the inseam and cuff as I go, and I feel it's a good method for visual learners who like to "see" how things are coming together.

1) Fold the fabric to the inside of the leg along your upper marked line (this will eventually be the length of your shorts). I find this easiest to do with the shorts inside-out. If you used pins to mark this line, remove them once you are sure you have your fold line straight. Press this line. In my case I was using rather thick denim, so I carefully placed a few pins perpendicular to the hemline to help keep the fabric in check until I had it lightly pressed. Of course, don't press over the heads of your pins. That's why I have the heads facing away from the fold.

Remove the pins and press this line. You don't have to go crazy in the pressing department here, as this line is basically just used as a visual aid of where to fold up your cuff later on. You'll see how that works in a bit.

2) With the shorts still inside out, roll your cuff fabric down equal to the depth of your cuff. Since I wanted my cuff to be 1.5", I rolled the fabric 1.5" down. First I marked a line 1.5" down from my fold, then carefully and evenly rolled the fabric down to that line.

Once you've rolled the fabric to this line, press firmly. This is a good one to press really well as it will be the top of your cuff once the cuff is rolled up.

3) You now have both the top and bottom of your cuff pressed. Turn your shorts right side out, keeping the current fold you just pressed. It should all look something like this.

Press again on this line for good measure. You can now see what I meant about how that first line you pressed is mainly a visual aid, since in the next step you'll be folding the cuff up along this line (and thus folding the opposite way of the crease. If this bugs you, you could in theory do that first pressed line with the cuff towards the right side of the fabric instead of the inside.)

4) Now this step isn't exactly necessary, but I find it helpful. Carefully fold your cuff up along the first line you pressed. Press the cuff firmly. I found pressing the cuff in demin a bit difficult, but it was much easier with the use of a seam roll, especially around tight spots like the inside of the legs.

Finishing the cuffs

This is the probably the quickest part of the entire process! How you approach this is up to you, but here's what I did.

1) With the shorts inside out, unfold the cuff. Run a line of stitches at least 1/2" inside the cuff fold line, towards the free edge of the fabric. (I used about 1/4" which worked but is too close, I feel.) Just be sure to stay within the depth of your cuff. For example, if your cuff is going to be 1.5", don't sew 2" away from the fold, or you'll see line of stitches from the right side of the shorts above your cuff. I opted to run a second line inside the first line by 1/4" since as you'll see below, I left the free edge alone.

This step is kind of difficult to visualize, but hopefully this will help...

Because I was using thick denim, I knew I couldn't fold the free edge under without it being too bulky. So I just left it as-is (though trimmed close to the second line of stitches instead of how you see it above, of course). I know, how uncouth! Initially I was going to use seam binding on the edge but ended up slightly miscalculating how much extra fabric to leave after the cuff and where to run my line of stitching, so I just left it. (If you're wondering why I didn't pink the edge instead, my shears are getting dull and I thought cutting through denim might be the death of them.) If your fabric is thin enough you could turn the edge under. Regardless of the weight of your fabric, you could use lace or ribbon seam binding, or overlock or zigzag the edge. Basically you can do whatever you'd like. I'd probably use seam binding next time, sewing one edge to the free edge of the fabric and then sewing the other edge to the leg. Of course, all to be hidden behind the cuff.

2) Once your stitching is complete, you're ready to officially fold your cuff back up for good. Press the dickens out of it! Either with your sewing machine or by hand, tack down the cuff at each side seam with at least 4 or 5 stitches. This helps keep the cuff up. I did it by hand because I couldn't fit that much fabric under my presser foot. (Though I have a broken needle to prove I tried.)

That's it!

I love the look of folded up cuffs but they can have a tendency to be a bit unruly, especially with stubborn fabric. You may find that you need to press the cuffs periodically. Particularly in the back where you sit on the cuffs, something you obviously don't need to worry about with trousers.

And here's their first day out on the town this weekend as shorts, not to mention the first day my thighs have been in shorts in decades!

Along with my restyled shorts, I'm wearing a sheer vintage blouse from Etsy, earrings from my vintage-inspired earrings tutorial, vintage brooch that was a gift, Remix Veranda wedges and vintage bangles. Oh, and don't forget my new purse from our honeymoon.

No idea what I was doing here leaning towards the camera like a goof. But this is a pretty accurate shot of how messy my hair usually looks. LOL

Whoops, you can see one of those unruly cuffs that needs pressing again!

While still not completely used to the idea of showing this much leg, I am no longer afraid to wear shorts like I once was. Just in time, too... the heat index was 99° F when we took these photos on Saturday (ugh). I know I'll get lots more use out of these as shorts than I ever did as jeans! I already enjoyed wearing them all weekend.

A huge thanks again to Miriam (And Freddie's!) for the inspiration. I hope you all enjoyed this little restyle tutorial!

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