I wore my new madras shorts yesterday -- part of my upcoming Mood summer separates photo shoot -- and I felt very self-conscious about the length. I might as well have been wearing this Thom Browne ensemble...
I always knew my patchwork madras shorts were a bit on the short side, but I thought I'd get used to them; I didn't.
So today, with not even enough patchwork madras fabric left (after making my madras shirt) for a chihuahua coat, I got to work on lengthening my shorts a few inches. I was fortunate that, since my fabric is already patchwork, I could add bits and pieces I stitched together without it looking too obvious. In fact, I'd say it's barely noticeable at all, unless you're looking for it.
From the inside, you can see where the seam is.
But from the outside? (The madras was already broken up by the patch pockets.)
I am MUCH more comfortable in the pants at this length. It look a bit of time, but I'm glad I did it.
In closing, while we've all shortened garments, have you ever had to lengthen one by adding additional fabric or trim? Was it obvious or did you camouflage it in some way -- with fringe perhaps?
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