Casual Sweet Clothes: Shorts

I was in a Perth bookstore and found this book.

Casual Sweet Clothes

Another Japanese sewing book? Yes, I’m in! This one is by Noriko Sasahara and I am totally in love with every single pattern, which is very unusual for me.
I thought I’d begin my exploration with the Shorts, pattern M. I forgot to get a picture from the book before I left for Singapore, so can’t show you what they are supposed to look like. I was a bit worried as they look a bit baggy in the pictures, but the model is clearly a waif and they are not at all baggy on me. Having said that, I clean forgot about adding the seam allowance so have 1/8″ seams, so they might have been more roomy if I’d thought about things a bit more.

Anyway, here they are in action in Orchard Road. Not really appropriate for shopping but comfortable.


My black sandals got wet and slipped about giving me blisters so I had to change into my Nikes. Not the best look… I am also wearing a new Scout t-shirt made from some gorgeous cotton knit I bought in Hong Kong. I was a bit surprised at how much I had and it was only after I cut out the Scout that I remembered that I had bought it to make a Nettie. Oh well, the Scout is quite cool to wear.



As you can see, it’s Singapore’s 49th birthday.

I love Orchard Road; it’s full of little surprises like this park. I decided to give the shorts the bow belt that was in the pattern; I’m not really a bow person and I have to tuck the t-shirt in otherwise I have that “old lady who looks pregnant” look.



Orchard Road also has some amazing shops, here I am pretty grumpy that Cartier had nothing I liked…


Just a quick shot to show you Chinatown in full bloom. How beautiful is this. Mark looks a bit surprised as he’s about to get run over!      DSC00344


Next time I make these shorts I will put pockets in them – even if they are just at the back. When I’m travelling I do miss pockets to put my train ticket in, or my phone, etc.

The details:

Shorts are Pattern M from Sweet Casual Clothes by Noriko Sasahara. I think this book has only just been released in English. The fabric is stretch cotton twill from Knitwit, which I’ve had in my stash for an age. The top is the Scout Tee from Grainline Studios with the sleeves extended a bit to keep the sun off my arms. I think I should probably have graded it down a bit at the hips for the knit version, but it’s ok. Mark is wearing this floral shirt and his new linen trousers, which I haven’t blogged yet. Setting is the beautiful city of Singapore.


6 thoughts on “Casual Sweet Clothes: Shorts

  1. The shorts look great, I like the longer length and the ties. Got to check out this book on my next visit to Kinokuniya. Ngee Ann City is my fave haunt when I go shopping, because Kino is there 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my city, and you had a fruitful visit to Arab Street with Belinda! Looking forward to seeing what you bought 🙂

  2. The shorts look very comfortable and pockets would be great. Looks like you are having a great time and doing lots of walking. You still didn’t take a picture of the hotel bathroom for me?

  3. ummmmm I would also like to see the suites bathroom (in the guise of another blouse shot would be fine). Singapore looks wonderful – I haven’t been for years.

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