just finished another piece for my summer wardrobe – yeah!!
i’ve been meaning to make these forever – it’s almost embarrassing how long i’ve put this off.
i’ve actually used this pattern twice in the past – once for green shorts, once for blue, both view 1. the problem with my previous shorts resulted in a bit of an off-fit – the crotch is a bit too low for my comfort. also, the waistband is too big (note: that’s not my pattern pictured; mine is a 28″ waist. jsyk!), but that can be quickly fixed during construction. i kind of waffled around on exactly how to fit a droopy crotch (PROTIP: it’s not a matter of “making a bigger seam allowance” uhhh yep tried that haha), found sunni’s tips on crotch depth, and 1″ worth of tucks & taping later, success!
i also had some problems with the zipper. zippers & i have never really been bffz, so to speak, so this really doesn’t surprise me. i lurked around my sewing books & the internet, took lots of pictures, and i think i ended up with a pretty good fly-front! i will post a tutorial within the next week
as far as pattern changes i made, there were a few. i ended up widening the waistband to double the intended width… this was an easy change, instead of folding the waistband over, i just cut 2 waistbands & sewed them together at the top. the waistband is interfaced with horsehair interfacing; my previous shorts made from this pattern show that lightweight interfacing isn’t stable enough to keep the waistband from folding over when i sit. hopefully, the horsehair will remedy that! i also opted to close the top with pants hooks & eyes, as opposed to buttons & buttonholes… partially because i only had one jeans button on hand (and i needed 2 for this waistband) and partially because i like the clean look it gives the shorts. i considered adding belt loops, but decided against it. mostly out of laziness hey, at least i’m honest!
sorry in advance for the picture quality… red photographs like shit. who woulda thunk?
isn’t the crop top amazing? it was given to me by a friend who wore it back in the 60s-70s i actually made these shorts specifically to wear with this top. it is totally see-though (sorry, mom!) but we all know that i am a-ok with my bra hanging out all over the place (sorry, mom!).
and since i already have your attention, here is another way that i plan to wear it (this counts, i totally altered that shirt down from an XL):
no, seriously, the polka dots are actually stars. so are the buttons. HAHA!