Today is my 31st birthday!  Whoop whoop!

I know some women hate turning another year older.  And admitting their real age.  But honestly, I have no issues with it.  I am who I am.  We can’t stop Father Time, so we might as well party on with him!

Though, I’ll admit that my version of “partying” has changed in the last decade.  Let’s just say that I stayed up late last night to make my pants.  And then sweat it out a bit today in our non-air conditioned house to make my top.  So…yeah.  Partying in my sewing studio!

I’ve been dreaming about making these shorts for a couple of weeks now.  I have had the fabric for forever, I just haven’t had the time to make them.  So glad I did.  I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest and such, where people have added fabric contrast to their denim shorts.  I’m all “I can do that!”  So I made myself another pair of denim SOS Pants (Patterns for Pirates, of course) and added the Star Wars fabric panel.

How’d I do it?  Well…my stretch denim should be called “stretch” denim.  It’s barely stretchy.  So after doing some math (so much math) I figured out that I needed to go THREE full sizes up from what I normally wear in this pattern, to be able to use this denim.  The Star Wars quilting cotton fabric was added on top of the denim panel there.  I thought it would be best to do it this way, for stability sake.

I’m also SO HAPPY that I asked about topstitching thread for denim fabrics.  I love the look of it, but my sewing machine absolutely hates traditional topstitching thread.  No matter how much sweet talk I give her.  So I triple stitched the lines in a similar color of standard thread and BAM!  I have a happy machine and so much less cursing came out of me.

Before I go, I’ll leave you with these gems.  My cousin reminded me today of the lesson I was teaching over Thanksgiving break this past year:

“If it bends, bend it.”

It’s possible that we aren’t supposed to take things SO literal.  But whatevs. It’s my birthday, I can do what I want to.

OH.  You want outfit details?  I’m on it!
Top: Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Peplum pattern | Lace Knit Sleeves | Black Ponte
Shorts: Patterns for Pirates SOS Pants | Stretch Denim | Star Wars Fabric

And the most important part.  My necklace?
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