The “Say it Ain’t So” Shorts
We had a really hard time getting good picture. There was a lot of sun and we couldn’t quite get the exposure right so sorry if these shorts are looking blindingly white.
Pattern: Vogue 1204 for the pockets and zipper facings and Burda 7606 for the back and shape
Fabric: Blues and white denim and red pique all from stash
Notions: One zipper $2.25 and one button from stash
Time to Complete: about 2 hrs to make the pattern, 1 hr to pin and cut, and 4 hrs to sew
Total Cost: $2.25
First Worn: Today to run around town
Wear again: Absolutely
OK. This is more like a muslin. I used the Burda pattern to make the Here comes Your Man jeans and if you read the post then maybe you’ll remember that I wasn’t really happy with the pattern. I thought it would make a good block pattern because I like the rise so I used that as the starting point for the shorts. I laid the pattern out on newspaper and traced the shape marking the length I wanted. Then I laid the Vogue pattern on top and added the allowance in the zipper area, added the pocket, and reshaped the inseam. After that I decided how wide I wanted my pleats to be and the placement and cut at those points. I added a total of 4 inches for the pleats and two inches at the bottom for a little more fullness. It’s not perfect. I need to remove an inch from the front and add an inch in back. I will do this by placing the darts closer together since I think I placed them a little too far apart. I still need to work on the fit in back. I had to remove 2 inches from the center seam so the back pieces look small compared to the front. The waistband from the Vogue pattern is perfect and needs no adjustments. I think I’ll also add welt pockets in back for my next pair.
I made a pair of jeans using this very heavy white denim last year. I didn’t have enough for the waistband so I decided to use leftover blue denim for that and the red pique from my Valentine skirt for the belt loops. I love the way they came out but will have to dry clean them so the colors don’t bleed. The only contrast in stitching is for the buttonhole-I used red thread there.
All right this is the part where you hardcore seamstresses stop reading.
There is one major flaw. The more I make pants with a fly the better I get. This is the best I have ever done. Seriously. I was so proud of myself until….I noticed that I had sewn the zipper in backwards! OK-so that’s not so bad and can be fixed after a session with the seam ripper but the truth is-I left it like that. Listen-I get so little time to sew these days with my kids at home. I am lucky to get an hour during the week then I have to pull an all nighter on Friday. Yes-I want you to feel bad for me and tell me that it’s OK. I will never do that again-I promise?
Nettie isn’t that what happened with your romper?
I added a safety pin to the zipper pull and it works great.
The top is another upcycle that I already had in my wardrobe. The blue top was a little boring on its own and the sleeves were a little short. I found a vintage top at the thrift store and removed the collar and cuffs and added them to the blue top. I sewed the collar right underneath the existing one. I then made a simple blouse out of the rest of the vintage top. I turned it around so it buttons down the back and shortened the sleeves. The blouse on the right looks a little blah but it’s actually quite cute once it’s belted or tucked. I think Helen looks pregnant here. Don’t you?
So here’s one last picture of the shorts. Flawed but still pretty.
The title comes from a Weezer song.