Birds in My Pockets

On a walk in a meadowland,

My feet warmed by sun-drenched sand,

I reveled in the golden rays.

Life’s troubles passed into a haze.

Gone was the need to understand.


I watched the dirt shift ‘round my toes,

Enjoying this new-found repose.

Then grasping a feather to admire,

I looked up to find an otherworldly choir:

A beautiful array of birds on a wire.


They weren’t the same species.

They weren’t all one flock.

As I regarded their feathered bodies,

They proceeded to gawk.


The birds warbled a serious of notes.

My soul followed suit.

Though I may not be a bird,

My heart knows their sweet salute.


I rose gently from the ground,

Climbing with every note.

Harmony and beauty unbound,

Prompting me to float.


My body I began to doff,

Captured by the majestic ballet.

Then, all at once the birds flew off.

I drifted away, away, away.


Finally, my eyes were opened.

Before me was my room, unkempt

What vision had unfolded?

What dream had I dreamt?


Longing to return to the air,

I closed my eyes and whispered a prayer.

But earthly flesh beat back the spirit,

And I’d soon forget the truth made bare.


So I stitched some birds in my pockets

To be always carried by their song.

I may not have wings to fly apace,

But I can use a quill with grace;

I can sing along.


Like the swimsuit that I posted earlier this week, I finished these shorts on the road. I hand stitched the hems and the buttonhole.

They look so much better with hand stitched blind hems than they would with machine stitched hems.

It is nearly impossible for me to go shopping at any store and find pants and shorts that fit. I’ve finally decided that it’s worth the time and effort to make my own shorts and trousers. Feeling comfortable and confident is important.

I used a pattern from Burda magazine (I can’t recall the pattern number, and I don’t have the magazine with me, but I think it was from June of 2010), which I altered heavily to accommodate my ample backside and legs. It took a long time before I was confident enough to cut out the material.

I also made a matching shirt at the beginning of the spring.

The material matches the bird material in the short pockets.

The bird material was a thrift store find. I think I paid about $0.50 for about a yard. I found it at a thrift store last spring when I went with Alex up to Post Falls, Idaho.

I’ve lost a bit of weight since I made the top, so I may take in the sides of the shirt just a tad.

The material for the shorts was from one of my visits to G Street Fabric. It was in their $2.99/yd section. It’s a nice thick material with a bit of stretch to it.

I still have a bit of tweaking to do to the pattern, but I’m happy with my first “real” pair of shorts.

  1. GA

    September 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Very cute!!! Did you write that poem? I love it.

    1. Becca

      September 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I did write it.

  2. Kelly V

    September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful job on both shorts and top. LOVE the bird pattern in the pockets – and the poem 🙂 makes me smile.

    1. Becca

      September 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you so much. I love having little surprises to my clothing that help brighten my day. I’m glad it made you smile. 🙂

  3. Kelly V

    September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful job on both shorts and top. LOVE the bird pattern in the pockets – and the poem 🙂 makes me smile.

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