Monday, August 3, 2015

Another pair of Deer and Doe Chataigne shorts

I've been pretty much living in my first pair of Deer and Doe Chataigne shorts, in denim, worn with leggings or tights. So while I was on a roll I made another pair: the fancy-pants version!
 In red cotton velvet with scalloped legs and Liberty for the facings. Fancy!

Where does one wear scalloped red velvet shorts? I don't know... to work at the fabric shop? That'll do me.

A few too many colours going on in this ensemble I'm afraid. But the jacket is a vintage 50s one I treated myself to at the Clarence Park Bazaar. Because you can't always sew all the things, right?

This velvet sewed up beautifully and takes topstitching well. The pattern does not suggest top-stitching the scallops but I thought this was the best way of ensuring they keep their shape.
When sewing velvet-to-velvet, there were no issues. When sewing Liberty lawn to velvet, the Liberty would slide across the pile, so a lot of pinning and slow sewing was required. I hand-sewed down the waistband facing for the neatest possible finish.
Look, signs of spring!

(As previously mentioned, The Drapery stocks most of the Deer and Doe patterns and you can find them in store or by emailing us on or calling during business hours on 08 7324 5883, W-F 10am-4pm, Sat12-4 ACST.)

- Jane & Fiona xx


  1. Oh yes. I love the scalloped hem!!! The fabric and the liberty lining is TDF. Cute jacket too!

    1. Thank you! The scallops in the French instructions are called 'festons'. At one point I'd left the English instruction book at home, so was working from the French one and entering the text into Google translate. Festons became 'festoons' which amused me greatly. My legs are festooned! Like little bunting.


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