These are sleep shorts, made with seersucker from an old duvet cover. The running stitch is purely decorative, just to "de-sweetify" the shorts as Rebecca says. Or to "Frenchify" them, as I thought of this quote from my favorite Frances Parkinson Keyes book.
". . .then a pink silk muslin dress, with a knot of black velvet on one shoulder, and a black velvet sash, made from an old 'sacque' of her mother's, carefully steamed, pressed, and recut - she had read in the 'Symposium of Styles' - which her friend Mabel Buck loaned her from time to time, since she could not afford to subscribe to a fashion magazine herself - that 'a touch of black was always very Frenchy.'"
Queen Anne's Lace by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Two pairs of my sleep shorts finally shredded into rags this June, ironic given my sleep deprivation, so I really needed these shorts. And the running stitch and the tiny little photo shoot were very satisfying to my creative soul. I may not be able to satisfy my need for sleep right now, but I can satisfy my soul little by little.
And, related, a French fruit tart which I'm sure the French would never recognize. It's delicious and very simple. Besides jam, this was the only thing I did with strawberries this year other than eat them fresh with every meal.