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Lemon bloomers and a matching hoodie // By Graziela Fabrics

Summer may be over but I’ve still got my last few hot weather makes to share! (My own fault for being rather lax about blogging last month!).

I was gifted an amazing piece of cotton jersey from By Graziela Fabrics. Run by mum-and-daughter team, Graziela and Nina have recently launched their fabric range in the U.K. though they’ve been around for much longer over on Germany. The iconic 70s designs designed by Graziela are bright and graphic and just scream fun!

The lemon thin sweatshirting fabric in their most recent collection to drop had my name all over it. I knew I’d need to make something super fun with the fabric!

These bloomers – and yes that’s what I call them – were made last minute before my canal boat trip in Yorkshire and boy was I glad I whipped these up last minute! We caught the end of the mid August heatwave whilst on the boat and these funky shorts were totally necessary!

I made them using a pattern I created from copying a RTW pair of shorts from Hollister. (I originally used the pattern to make these shorts here). I altered them to make them high waisted by adding 5cm to the waist and following the lines of the side and centre seam up. I contemplated adding in darts but in the end decided on relying on the stretch of the fabric to compensate. (I tried them on before adding a waistband just to be sure though!).

I added a ruffle at the hem of each leg. Each ruffle is one and a half times the width of each leg opening and 4cm long. I finished the edge with a roll hem on my overlocker and I pulled the fabric as it went through to make the edge curl and ruffle a little more.

It was very silly of me but I forgot to even attempt to pattern match the front of my shorts! With such a graphic print I feel like it’s really noticeable. I did try harder on the back though!

They’re fun and ridiculous and I absolutely love them!!! I’m wearing them with an old lemon themed t-shirt I made years ago – makes me think my obsession with lemons has been going on way too long!

With the rest of the fabric, I decided to make a much more sensible lemon hoodie!

I used the Tilly and the Buttons Stella hoodie from the book Stretch. It’s a pattern I’ve used a few times and is that classic drop shoulder hoodie style. I made a size 5 and straightened out the curve of the side seam. (I can’t be the only person who likes a boxy hoodie? I’m so not into the fitted style!).

The shorts may need to be retired until next summer already but I should be able to get plenty of use out of the hoodie through the autumn and winter at least!

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