*This is a bit of a play on our last name – van den Broek – which means “from the marsh” but broek also means pants in Dutch, and of course the Dutch national colour is orange so I couldn’t resist.
Happy New Year all. Alex and I spent a month in Peru over December / January and had an amazing time. It had been a difficult end to the year with earthquakes and some difficult situations in certain parts of my life so it was great to get away and disconnect.
Sadly while we were away Alex’s dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer which was a real shock and something we are dealing with, including the increased relationship stress that occurs within the family as a result. Alex’s family dynamic is best described as ‘challenging’ and sadly people don’t behave better when subjected to this kind of stress.
So, I’ve been back at the sewing machine for the first time this weekend.
These shorts are 100% from stash:
- Fabric – gifted from my sister from a second hand haul she got last year
- Zip – also from sister, from her zip stash
- Cotton – on hand from a load of second hand thread I was given years ago
- Elastic – harvested from the very first ever pair of shorts that I made Alex in the summer of ’08/’09
- Pattern – New Look 6321 in stash, possibly also from sister
Alex always wants a zippered pocket so I’ve added that to the three other pairs of these shorts I have made previously. Alex is also VERY hard on his clothes so I’ve added bar tacks to the top of the pockets, reinforced the seams with strips of fabric, and added tabs below the pockets. The tab I added to his tennis shorts last year seem to have paid off.
Other than reminding myself of the order to add the zip to the pocket opening, I can pretty much make these in my sleep. Regardless of the lack of effort required from me, Alex appreciates the endeavour and it’s nice to start the year with some sewing for him. I’d like to do more of that this year.
Alex is concerned that these are rather “loud” and wonders if he can “pull them off’. All this from a thirty-something man who wears a plum-coloured, velvet blazer as evening wear on a regular basis! He wears an even brighter orange t-shirt regularly, but the same coloured shorts feel different for some reason. One of his concerns was they would look like togs (swimwear). I suggested that only people who wear orange togs would think that. Spoiler alert: Alex has orange togs.
I think he looks swell. Possibly I may be biased, both re. the man and the shorts I made.
P.S SWAP is still very much on my horizon but I am 100% confident that I will NOT finish by the deadline, so I’m not busting my hump to race through. Hopefully I will start on some of the bias cut camisole tops in the coming weeks.