I pretty much only wear shorts to the pool. Not because I don’t like my legs (even though they’re always much paler than the rest of my body which is a little awkward), I just don’t like the way they feel and my legs always get stuck to chairs or themselves. I have similar issues with skirts. It could be 100 degrees outside and I would still be wearing pants. But I’ve been trying to work myself into the right state of mind to make real pants and maybe even good jeans, so I wanted to make shorts just to test out the fit of patterns.
Pattern: S7196 (out of print)
I’ve made shorts from this pattern before and they’re pretty much my favorite shorts because they’re comfortable around the waist (and made of cute cloud print cotton which is especially fun for the pool), but the front seam shape wasn’t perfect. So I folded a thin little triangle out and redrew the front curve! This is kindof monumental for me, cause I never take the time to alter patterns.
I have issues with pants in general, even store bought ones. Typically I’m a pretty standard size for Big 4 patterns with tops and dresses, but pants never fit me right. The distance from my bust to waist and waist to hips is smaller than most peoples proportions (I’m guessing) making “high waisted” things extra high waisted on me and something that is supposed to hit around the belly button is at my waist practically, not flattering I think. But they all still fit around me perfectly, so if I made a size bigger it would be baggy. Bascially my midsection is just scrunched somehow. I like my pants to be an inch or less below my belly button (impossible to find in stores because of “low rise” jeans) and that just doesn’t happen with most patterns, so I don’t buy a lot of pants patterns (thought I’m really temped by Colette’s new Juniper pattern, it’s just the right style).
Pattern Description: Misses [trouser] pants in three lengths and shorts in two lengths
Pattern Sizing: 6-12, I think I made a 10 cause that’s what I always make.
Fabric Used: Heavy, non-stretch denim and quilting cotton for waistband facing.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Nearly
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is actually interesting since I made these before (somewhere around 6-7 years ago, it was definitely in high school) and the instructions made so much more sense this time! Before my fly was a little messed up and the waistband was a little wonky, but now they look pretty darn good I think.
Although it’s a little weird that the instructions had me make the fly open to the left, all my rtw pants open to the right?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s a simple design and they’re really comfortable. I don’t know what it is about this pattern, but it’s the only one I’ve made that actually fits me well.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I modified the front seam curve and curved the top of the pocket opening, just because I like that kind of pocket better.
Would you sew it again? Yes, I want to make some full length pants now! Maybe some “trouser jeans”
Would you recommend it to others? If you can find it and like that style of lower rise pants, it’s not for everyone I know.
Cost Analysis: I made a spreadsheet (!!!) so I’ll just give you the rundown. I can post it later if anyone’s interested.
- Cost to make – $18.50
- Average Store-Bought Price – $34.96
- Value of Shorts – $39.80