I’m not a huge fan of shorts, but I recognize that living in California requires I wear such items (and probably with a sweater and scarf in November :). I’ve been doing the “sporty skirt with built in shorts” for a while, but a girl needs some variety. After cutting out the Plain Jane Dress
, I realized I had a sizable amount of the stretch denim fabric left (about 3/4 yard, out of 2 yards total. Yes, I’m indeed short enough to make a dress out of 1 1/4 yards of fabric.). Quick as a bunny, I downloaded the Iris pattern
, to you know, just see if I could make shorts from 3/4 yard. And I could!
I’m not nearly curvy enough to properly fit a pattern from Colette, so using the garment measurements, I decided to cut size 2 for the waist and grade down to 0 for the hips. Before attaching the waistband, I tried the shorts on and they fit well. However, the waistband was so incredibly curved, I knew it would dig into my midsection in a very unflattering way. It wasn’t just a matter of sizing up, so I slashed and spread the waistband and recut my fabric. I also cut “generously” along the upper side edge.
The resulting waistband fit just right. No digging in, but still lays properly and doesn’t move around when I walk or sit down.
The pattern. Fitting issues aside, the pattern was fine. I’d probably make them again, but a couple of things irked me. For instance, sewing button holes after the pockets are complete was a pain in the buttocks, though I’m not sure there’s a work-around for that. And the front pockets are real, but not super functional. Next time I might make them larger and leave off the buttons. Since I need actual pockets somewhere, I added two functional welt pockets in the back.
I used this tutorial
, which is hands-down the best single-welt pocket tutorial around. They turned out beautifully, and don’t even add much bulk in the back-section.
Sorry about the wrinkles! I was wearing the shorts while I was sewing my new pink top. I lined the waistband in this oh-so-adorable mermaid fabric from my scrap pile. Love love love, but wish the ladies were right-side up. *Sigh*
By the way, check out my bracelet! How cute and summery is that? My brother-in-law and his wife created Charity Gift Market
, which is a marketplace for goods created by charities, and it was gifted to me from there. So many fun products, and all to support great causes around the world.
I like these as much as I can like a pair of shorts and will certainly wear them this summer (and maybe even this winter :). If you haven’t already, stop by Shorts on the Line
to see the cute shorts folks are sewing up!