Hudson Valley Tap

Hudson Valley Tap

Pattern :: Katy and Laney Tap Shorts

Fabric :: Mystery blend from Metro Textiles

Tan Lines and Glare :: Blazing Hudson Valley Sun

Hudson Valley Tap

I wish I could provide more details on the size. I started these AGES ago, made a muslin and everything. Which turned out MASSIVE, lol. I cut the shorts out of this fabric in a smaller size, plus some length added (no public exposure for the tops of these thighs), and dove right in. Still too big. I tossed them aside…until I needed some shorts to wear for a long day in the park. Of course, by this time, I had no clue where my pattern was, my computer had died and I was running out of time. Thanks to the Laney half of the K&L team, I got the pattern and was off to the races. I fudged a smaller size, as much as I felt comfortable doing without making them too small.

But. Still too big.

Hudson Valley Tap

But, after sitting on it a while, I think the barrier here is more specifically about preferred fit. The fit on these is perfectly fine, but I have never really worn loose-ish shorts. In fact, all of my bottoms, aside from fit and flare type skirts (of which there are few) tend towards curve hugging. I was reacting to how unfamiliar they felt, not how they actually fit.

Hudson Valley Tap

Once we disembarked from the bus, crossed the scorching grass and settled in for many, many, many outdoor hours at our family reunion, I was grateful (SO GRATEFUL) for a little room to groove.


Hudson Valley Tap

All in all, I’m glad to have the pattern in my hands again and this finished pair on hand to help choose a size.  I love a good shorts, tights and oxfords combo, so I see these made up in wool for winter!


Shero of the Week: Grace Jones


As with Carmen last week, do I even need to explain why???

The ORIGINAL weird, DGAF black woman!!

Rihanna, Gaga and all others can bow down to Ms. Grace.

 If you really need proof of her enduring bad-assery, check out the video below and tell me if you could perform that feat.

Shero of the Week: Annie Lennox


For her powerful voice.

For her bold lyrics and bold imagery.

For being a voice for the voiceless.

For this quote:

“There’s this youth culture […] it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting – women, especially – when they reach my age. We’ve got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we’ve got wrinkles, or whether we’ve put on weight or lost weight, or whether we’ve changed our hairstyle. I just find that so shallow.” ~Annie Lennox, turning 60.

something greater than desire

Paulo Coelho once quoted that it takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory. This desire to have wished that your past was different, that people had treated you the way you deserved to be treated, that you should have been loved differently, taken more seriously, been acknowledged, been accepted, been respected – all this suffering we feel is desire, not pain. These memories shape our souls into the people we are, and our wish to have had something different is little more than a need for our self pity. We suffer because we believe we have a right to a better life, but if we incarcerate ourselves with these memories and thoughts, what kind of a life are we truly giving ourselves? Your desire for something better can be achieved by forgiving those negative thoughts. What hurts us is quite often what heals us. In this world, we all suffer, but if you are able to free yourself from those memories, then you are able to achieve something greater than desire. You achieve peace.”-via Hey Fran Hey