The “Driftwood” Shorts
Fabric: Sew Classics Bottomweight Wrinklease from Jo Ann
Pattern: Simplicity 2367, View D
Notions: invisible zip
Time to complete: about 4 hours
First worn: Friday 3/23
Wear again: Nope.
Total cost: around $10
I was all set to sit out this week, recover from my vintage pattern Betty Draper dress, reorganize my sewing space, work on my pants block a little, and maybe sew a dress for my daughter. While sorting out the new improved sewing area, I found this UFO, cut about a year ago. What the heck, I figured, they fit in with my pants block work, and they’re Driftwood. At least this week I’m calling them Driftwood; otherwise I’d probably say gray. No, not the most inspired Pantone palette pick, but I’m going for it.
Though my proportions are petite on top, my thighs, they are not petite. I have no idea why I thought shorts gathered into a thigh band would be a good look for me. They don’t even look good on the model. I think I was intrigued by the wrongness, like this is so wrong, it could be right. Emphasize the flaws, as Brian Eno says (as a creative choice, not that I think my body is flawed). Not loving the pattern, not loving the fabric, my heart just wasn’t in these shorts anymore, if it ever was, and my expectations were low.
So the good news is that I like the look of the yoke and pockets and the fit is almost perfect (SHOCK). I’ll definitely be making this pattern again as pants with some sailor styling. Maybe in Pantone Sodalite Blue. As a muslin, these shorts are a success.
However, they took a lot longer than a muslin, and, predictably, the hem band looks terrible. I feel like I’m wearing a diaper cover. I’d take the bands off and try to hem them like normal shorts, but they’re the wrong shape with all that extra fullness in the design. We ran out of daylight for the photo shoot, unfortunately, and I’m not wearing these in public again.