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This post is picture heavy, it contains pictures that may be disturbing to others (of my butt) you have been warned!
Something you won’t have seen from me before…shorts! Plus another Wiksten Tank.
Please excuse the wrinkles – it was such a humid day, which really makes it worse. These pictures were taken right before a tropical storm.
There are some great shorts patterns out there; Sweet shorts from Pattern Runway or the Grainline Maritime ones, but they are not for me, I don’t like short shorts on me, I just don’t have the legs for them. However I do have a favourite RTW pair that I have had for at least 4 years, but tragically recently I wore them to death. Not able to let go, I hung on to them with the idea I would take a pattern from them. Originally I was going to unpick them, but the seams were predominantly double top-stitched and overlocked. Scissors were the much faster option. I carefully cut one half of the shorts apart leaving the other half intact so I could refer to it for construction.
I ironed and then carefully traced around the pieces adding seam allowances. From there it was just cut out my fabric and sew them together. With the other half of the shorts still intact this was reasonably straightforward especially if you have made pants before.
The shorts have loads of interesting detail, a divided front section, front yoke, back darts, patch pockets, fake coin pocket and lots and LOTS of top stitching. Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen my excitement as they started coming together. Man, that top stitching took forever.
All the top stitching was done using my normal machine, my normal foot and a steady eye to make sure it was lined up. I couldn’t use my coverstitch machine as I had lots of sharp corners to negotiate.
I can see there is some extra fabric under my butt in the above picture, but as the fabric has no stretch, I need this so I can sit down.
In my excitement I nearly forgot to mention my Wiksten tank. Made from a floaty (but creasy) rayon. The only change to this pattern was to do an FBA, or in reality add a bust dart which was rotated out of the armscye. I cut the small in the shoulders, grading out to a large in the hips and shortened it by an inch.
Can you tell I am super happy with how these turned out? The fit and length is just what I wanted, I love the detailing and I don’t have to mourn my old pair any longer!
Pattern – my own
Fabric – 2m of cotton duck from Spotlight
Notions – Lining, zipper & thread from my stash
169.5m – 2m-1.2m = 166.3m
PS – Reana took the photos, isn’t she amazing?!