Linen is a gorgeous fabric for the summer months! It can be used for anything from garments to home decor. Janome Maker Carol Ware decided to choose a fantastic fuchsia linen when making high-end shorts for her nephew!
My husband and his nephew (Allen) have a special relationship. I heard about it back when we were dating. Because he lived in another state, I didn't actually meet him until years after we were married. Well, recently within the last three years he has really been very present in our lives. He has a very kind demeanor and will do anything for my husband. Let's say he's more like a younger brother to us than a nephew. Anyhoo, he is quite stylish and a "Label" man. He wears Gucci, Ralph, Louie and buys expensive cologne. So, imagine my surprise when he mentions to me - Auntie, I want some fuchsia shorts! 😂
He said he has been looking everywhere and I believed him because he loves stylish clothes! I just happened to be sitting in my sewing room as we were talking. I asked him if would linen do?
Linen is a premium fabric and I knew it would be of his standard. So out from the stash table came some - you guessed it fuchsia linen. It had been taking up stash room for about three years and I had a lot of it so why not. Now, I do NOT sew for anyone except my son so he understood the magnitude of my yes.
I told him, I will do everything just be ready when I need you. He was quite excited and said this was his first custom garment. I prepped my machines and got to work. Not only was this a good opportunity to flex my menswear muscle, I could also do my Janome project. (I'm a Maker ya know! LOL!!) I measured my nephew that day and we had one fitting and the rest is photo history.
The pocket was embroidered by my Janome Horizon 15000. Such a smooth and flawless job it does! The monogram is one of many designs that come on the machine!
I used the Airthread 2000D to serge the fussy linen edges. I also had fuchsia serger threads to make pretty insides. I made sure I lined the inside of the shorts to minimize the wrinkle factor. They have elastic at the waist, fly zip, and wooden beads to finish off the shorts.