I bought this lovely chambray fabric (Robert Kaufman, Nautique Chambray) because anchors! I had ideas for a skirt which never materialized, and then felt inextricably drawn to the idea of making Grainline‘s Maritime Shorts with it because, well, anchors. It’s kitschy, sure, but once my mind latched on to that idea, there was no going back. I could hardly justify buying a shorts pattern (especially since I have one in hand that I like!), except that I felt like if I didn’t make *these* shorts, I may never use the fabric for anything, ever.
I am so happy I did buy the pattern! These are not the same shorts as the others, clearly, the style is significantly different and more versatile, but also, Jen’s drafting is just awesome. After reading some reviews of the shorts being a little on the small side, I cut a size 2, grading up to a 4 at the waist. I made no other adjustments, and I am really pleased with the fit.
I added 2 full inches to the length, but then hemmed them about 1.5″, so I’m not sure how much longer they actually are than the original.
I’m not usually one for patch pockets, but I went with the flow, and I kind of love the change of pace! And check out my pattern matching! Very pleased with myself on that one and I’ll be showing everyone my matching bottom 🙂
In other areas (uh, waistband), I made no attempts to pattern match and it shows 🙂 I never wear shirts tucked in, so no biggie.