We are putting the final touches on our patterns, due out later this spring. As part of this herculean effort, we have been sending out packages to test sewers to get real-user feedback on the designs and instructions, as well as sewing up various sizes of each pattern ourselves.
Last week, as I was preparing to sew up the shorts in our S/S2011 collection, I just could not bring myself to sew another test garment in the 1970s-era dotted Swiss fabric from my stash that I have been using for so many of these sample garments. These shorts are just too darn cute to be made up in a sickly shade of tan or mint green. What I wanted most at that moment was an early-spring variation of the shorts and the gorgeous lavender herringbone tweed fabric that lay at the top of my collection of “good” fabric was screaming loudly at me.
I can’t recall whether I have sewn with wool before, but I am thoroughly hooked after this experience. This tweed is soft and the needle on my machine worked its way through it like it was butter. Hand sewing the buttons and the cuffs of the shorts was so satisfying as the fabric made it easy to work through multiple layers at once and the hand stitches practically melt away into the fabric. I am hooked.
As I said, this is not the variation of the shorts you’ll be seeing from us as we approach summer—we have selected some linens, poplins and cotton sateens that will make these shorts ideal for mid-summer cartwheels on the front lawn and hop-scotching on the sidewalk. But just wait for fall—these shorts are sure to be a must-have in tweed with warm leggings.