Black Denim Lander Shorts

Black Denim Lander Shorts

True Bias Lander Shorts
I feel I should preface this post with a disclaimer – I did a lot of photoshop trickery in these pics in order to make black denim visible without washing everything else out. But I wanted to be sure that you could see the details on these shorts.

True Bias Lander Shorts


But first, let me back up. Back in June, I got in the mood to make a handmade summer wardrobe. I was inspired by fabric textures like linen and rayon and denim – and neutral colors mixed with blue and coral – and loose fitted dresses and tops…

So I whipped up a plan to make nine garments: 3 dresses, 3 tops, 2 bottoms, 1 jacket. Some patterns I already owned (the ones with a blue *) but I still needed to gather fabric and supplies. So far I’ve completed three projects, including these shorts (I’ll share the other two soon). I have the patterns bought or printed for 3 more as well as fabric for 5 of them.

I’m already off to a good start and considering summer in Texas lasts through October I figure I’m on track to finish.

Meanwhile, here’s one of my completed projects:

True Bias Lander Shorts

These are the True Bias Lander Shorts. The Lander pattern has been out for awhile but as per usual, I am behind on all the hot new patterns.

True Bias Lander Shorts

I used a 100% cotton denim from Blackbird Fabrics. The silver buttons are from Joann. They’re like jeans buttons except you can snap them together by hand. Which was a plus because when I tried using the kind you have to hammer together, I kept bending the buttons. On the other hand, two of these buttons kept coming loose. I was able to glue one down but the other I had to replace.

True Bias Lander Shorts

The pattern and instructions were well designed. Everything made sense and came together easily. I loved that the pattern includes one-inch wide side seam allowances for fitting. But I must have sewn these when I was having a puffy day because they fit great when I made them. Now, though, they’re a bit big in the waist and back. If I can tuck a shirt in without having to unbutton the fly – the shorts are too big. I could unpick all the topstitching along the back crotch seam and sew it smaller but… I’m too lazy for that.

True Bias Lander Shorts

These are seriously my go-to shorts for this summer. They’re comfy with a long enough inseam that the legs don’t ride up but they also don’t feel dowdy. This 10oz denim was the perfect weight for this pattern.

True Bias Lander Shorts

The only thing I could have done differently was to interface the waistband more heavily. But then again, the waistband on my storebought jean shorts bend as well, and I never seem to think of that as a problem. Funny how we let issues like that slide with storebought clothes but not homemade clothes?

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts


More activewear sewing! Several weeks ago I began using a Couch to 5k running app to help build up my endurance for some big upcoming hikes. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m no runner. Really, I’m extra slow. And I have no intention of signing up for a half marathon or anything. For me, running is mainly a good excuse to be outdoors. I work from home so I’m stuck inside most of the time.

I tried this same app a few years ago and stalled out on week 6 of 8 so this time around I’m hoping to do better…

With all this extra activity I figured I could use more gear so I sewed up some Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts.

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

About halfway through sewing these I realized the Prefontaines are essentially the same as my Movies in the Park Shorts but with an elastic waist and felt a little silly about buying a whole new pattern when I could have simply adapted one I already had but oh, well.



Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

Turns out, I’m glad I got this pattern as it’s quite good. I appreciated the little tips here and there in addition to the full FAQ section. The full instructions on making your own bias tape would be helpful for a newbie. There are two options for attaching the waistband, which is nice (I went with a simple casing).

I liked the option for making the inseam shorter (which I did – my shorts are about halfway between the 5″ and the 1.5″ length variations).

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

I didn’t add the back welt pockets to my shorts but the pattern included some of the better welt instructions that I’ve seen (yay for one piece pockets!).

While the text instructions were clear, I would have preferred the sample fabric in the photos to be a solid rather than a busy print. Sometimes I found it difficult to understand the pictures as the stitching blended into the fabric.

I also enjoyed the little mini bio on the pattern’s famous namesake.

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

The main fabric is a taslan nylon from, leftover from a yet-to-be-blogged project. I had just enough to eek out these shorts. I used a fine mesh fabric that I originally bought for swimsuit material from some spandex warehouse in Dallas. I liked the contrast of the hot pink on gray.

I used a fine mesh fabric that I originally bought for swimsuit material from some spandex warehouse in Dallas. I liked the contrast of the hot pink on gray.

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts



The shorts themselves came together in just a short afternoon – and that includes the time I took to run to the fabric store to buy thread and elastic!

The pockets are stitched to the front layer of fabric so they stay in place permanently and don’t flop around – good for running.

Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts

(btw you might recognize this shirt as my SJ Tee from a few weeks ago – the sunlight helps see the details and seam lines better in these pics)

Now if only I could force myself to wake up earlier in the morning. It’s getting way to hot now during the day to be out running!

The Refashioners 2015!


Wow, it’s crazy to think about how the first Refashioners was 4 years ago. I’m so glad that Portia brought it back again this year because I really love this challenge, because that’s what it is for me – a challenge. It forces me to think outside the box and create a garment with limited resources. And since I chose to do a secret trade with another blogger I didn’t have any idea what I was going to work with.

Oh, and did you hear? You can participate, too, and even maybe win a seriously incredible prize pack.

I traded thrift store shirts with Heather Lou (see what she made here). I gave her a shirt that definitely forced her to get creative. *evil laugh*

So check out BOTH my refashions over at Makery and read how to make them yourself.

Blank Slate Patterns Oceanside Shorts and Juniper Jersey

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

Hey readers! I’ve been slowly working on transferring my blog from Blogger to WordPress and I’ve been facing some struggles along the way, but I’m slowly getting there. Thanks to friends who’ve been sharing tips and tricks with me.

But today I want to show off some projects I’ve been doing for the Blank Slate Sewing Team. The team is a collective of bloggers making and sharing Blank Slate Patterns‘ designs. Blank Slate is made by Melissa of, a friend and fellow Austin-ite, who designs easy to sew womens and kids patterns.

So far I’ve sewn the Oceanside Shorts and the Juniper Jersey (click to see my original posts at with more pics!).

Let’s start with…

The Pattern: My most recent make are my Oceanside Shorts. This pattern has the option to make pants or shorts. They were quick to sew – no side seams, no zipper, patch pockets. I serged all my seam allowances and tied knots at the ends of my drawstrings.

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

The Fabric: The pattern calls for drapey bottom weight material but I took a risk and used a striped cotton shirting which I got for free from a fabric swap. It works pretty well with this design although the thinner fabric does get pretty wrinkly. But the fabric looks like linen and these are a casual style or shorts so I think it works okay.

I used two metal shank buttons from my stash.

Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts

The Changes: My only real change was rolling up the legs about two inches to make cuffs. The pic above is the length of the shorts without rolling.

I didn’t have to do any fitting to these pants which surprised me. They’re pretty well fitted right out of the box. Obviously every body is different but I think the style is loose and casual enough to be forgiving.

The Results: I’m diggin’ these shorts, like, I highly recommend this pattern. I like that the drawstring isn’t just one long length of fabric. It’s two fabric tubes attached to a piece of elastic hidden in the middle. You only see the fabric drawstrings in the front but the elastic makes the waistband more snug in the back. I just wish I had used a better quality elastic. I can tell that it doesn’t have good recovery and it stretches out too much.

If only it was warmer so I could wear my shorts outside! These are going to be in heavy rotation this summer.


Lace yoke on Juniper Jersey pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Dixie DIY

The Pattern: My first project was the Juniper Jersey. I liked that I could squeeze out the pieces with scraps and I could mix and match fabrics. I cut a size small which fit well.

The Fabric: My scrap yellow fabric is a double-knit? It might be a ponte… at this point I don’t remember.

The white lacy top fabric is some sort of franken-fiber stretchy stuff I bought on a fabric shopping trip to Dallas. I loved the lace effect but I was concerned it wouldn’t hold the weight of the yellow knit. Turns out the lace has a good recovery and it works just fine.

I serged all the seams which was good considering the negative space in the lace would have made it difficult to sew just on a regular machine.

The Changes: In the end I left the sleeve hems raw. At first I tried turning the raw edge under twice and hemming but it the lace created a lumpy mess so I just chopped it off rather than try to unpick my stitches. The fabric doesn’t fray which is convenient.

Back view - Juniper Jersey pattern by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Dixie DIY

The Results: I’ve worn this shirt a bunch of times since making it. If you’ve never sewn a V-neck before then this is a good way to start. With the shoulder yoke it’s like a “cheater” v-neck, super easy to make.