Shorts! Pattern Runway Sweet Scalloped, that is.

I met my husband a little over eleven years ago.  And eleven years ago this past week, we had a weekend date in Sedona, Arizona.  We went hiking, and I wore shorts.  When the pictures came back (!), I vowed that I would never, ever, wear shorts again (except running shorts while running).  My legs looked like sausages – the cut and length were all wrong.  I’ve stuck to dresses and skirts and pants.  And, yes, they make skirts and skorts just for hiking.

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Now I live in a climate that is summer for about 9 months of the year, and I’m better at sewing, so I’ve been contemplating making shorts that fit and flatter my body.  When Rachel posted her review of the Pattern Runway Sweet Scalloped shorts, I was smitten.

Trouble was, could I make these work for me, when I don’t have Rachel’s long, slender legs?  I thought the scalloped hem would help lengthen the leg and not cut it off in an awkward way.  Upshot, I like the shorts – even if I haven’t seen a picture of me wearing them yet (always the test right?)

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What I liked:

  • Awesome instructions!  Well marked pdf pattern, making assembling the thing less of a pain.
  • That beautiful, faced scallop hem!  It really is easy to do and makes the shorts more upscale.
  • The shaped/contour waistband and directions for applying the waistband (new to me, led to a more professional result, less handwork).
  • Directions for adjusting the crotch depth.  Wow! what a difference.  I was skeptical of reducing as much as it recommended, and did 1/4 inch less.  This worked with the muslin (non stretch med-heavy twill), but my fashion fabric had stretch, so I should have followed their guideline. I made a medium, and this was the only alteration I made. I’m slightly larger than a 12 in Vogue, not quite a 14.
  • Good coverage on the bum, without being frumpy (again, I think the front scallop makes the difference).

What I did differently:

  • Not much.  No really, I pretty much followed the directions with two exceptions.
  • I used my own (well Lladybird’s) method to insert an invisible zipper.  I didn’t like the result using the instructions on the muslin, so I went back to the TNT method.
  • Left of the back welt pockets.  I couldn’t get them to work in the muslin, so I abandoned the idea.  I think I like the shorts better without, but I really need to learn how to do these.
  • The fabric, the last bit of a stretch tropical wool from Gorgeous Fabrics that I’ve used three times previously (two skirts, pants), is NICE.  The quarter inch top stitching is nice on the more casual twill, but for this fabric, it looked way more professional to stick with 1/8 inch edgestitching.

IMG_0004What I will do differently:

  • The zipper is currently inserted in the side seam with the pocket. The bulk of the zipper, pocket, and pocket lining (cotton batiste) means the zipper doesn’t lay flat.  It annoys me!   Next time I will do like Rachel and put it in the CB seam.

Wearability:

  • I’m traveling a lot right now, and wore these in Miami last week.  Black wool in Miami heat and humidity?   Perfectly comfortable.
  • They’ve stretched a bit, super comfy, but a teensy bit too big.  Just something to work on for the next pair.

I’ve been and will be super busy with work, so pictures and blogging are limited.  Wait, so is sewing.  I had planned to finish a silk tunic for these shorts, but won’t be sewing consistently for a while.  Once I get the top made, I’ll blog it and provide pictures of the whole outfit.  That’s when I will know for sure if the style really works for me!

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