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Announcing the Fern shorts sewalong!

It's Fern fever over here at Afternoon HQ. Cape Town is just taking its first foray into spring. The chill is receding, the days are getting longer, and the blooms are out. So with the promise of sunshine to come, a pair of shorts seems the perfect order of the day!

For sewing friends in the northern hemisphere, never fear; the Fern shorts sew up beautifully in a toasty wool blend. It makes a lovely autumnal outfit with stockings and boots – as evidenced by our lovely pattern tester Elie from the ever-chilly Shetland (check out her Ferns on her blog).

So, welcome to the Fern shorts sewalong, I hope you will have a lot of fun sewing with me this September!

Fern shorts front, side and back

For those unfamiliar with the concept of a sewalong, it's really quite simple: I'll be taking you through each step of sewing your Fern shorts from start to finish. I post lots of pictures and provide more in-depth explanation for each part of the process.

Join in! Just follow the steps and sew along with us. It would be great to see how your makes are taking shape, so please do share! Post on your blogs, show us what's going down on Facebook, tweet us, or Instagram those lovely pics! Our hashtags for this event are #afternoonpatterns, #fernsewalong, #fernshorts and #sewingfern

Here's the class schedule:

    Welcome and introduction to the basics
    Laying out and cutting out your pattern
    Getting started and sewing the pockets
    Sewing the seams and belt loops
    Attaching the waistband and setting your zip
    Stitch your cuffs and make the belt
    Share your Fern shorts!

Buy your pattern. You can get a Fern shorts sewing pattern in our online shop or over on Etsy. It comes as a PDF download (A4 or Letter) that you can print at home.

Get your fabric. Off to the shops with you! I'll be posting some inspiration pics over on Pinterest to get you inspired.

Also make sure you've got the basics covered. Sewing machine, fabric scissors, dressmaking pins, fabric marker or chalk, sewing thread, measuring tape and tracing paper are all integral to the process. Just read over your Fern booklet beforehand to familiarise yourself with everything you will need.

If you have any questions, let me know! Pop me a mail, or comment below. See you next week!