Friday, 14 February 2014

Beyonce shorts and Penis shorts - Colette Iris


I was recently the lucky winner of three Colette patterns from Sewing Patterns Review's '12 days of Giving Thanks'. This was a lovely idea where we got to thank fellow pattern reviewers for things we had found helpful. The winners were chosen at random. This was my comment: 'I am in awe of JNE4SL who selflessly took a huge number of beautiful, clear photos that cleared up all the confusion I had making my Jamie jeans. She is a star!' If you would like to see these photos, they can be found here.

For my prize I chose Colette's Iris shorts, the Laurel dress and the Negroni shirt. I have already made Iris and Laurel (and love both) and hope to make Mr M. a Negroni shirt sometime soon.

So, the Iris shorts. I made three pairs, but the first was a muslin that did need some adjustments. My wearable pairs are the Beyonce shorts (above left) - see Beyonce, with arms raised, twice at the centre front (at least I think it's her) - and the penis shorts (above right), named due to a rather unfortunate pattern placement. I wear both often and with pride!


The alterations required were to grade the pattern out at the waist and increase the size of the waistband. I also took in a small wedge from the lower inside leg seam down to the hem, made the pocket opening wider and cut the pockets slightly larger.


I love this Beyonce fabric. I found it at Textile Traders before Christmas for around $10/m and it sold out very quickly. It is a stretch woven with a satiny finish. I like to think I am hip and young in these shorts.


 The top is self drafted.


 The penis shorts are made from this lovely swirly stretch woven fabric from Fabulous Fabrics. It was $16.50/m but I got these out of only half a metre as it was quite wide. Obvs if you have a large print, learn from my mistake and take care with the pattern placement.


In all my masculine glory.


You can just see the white pocket lining in this photo. In the future I will make the pocket linings dark, as in the Beyonce pair or coloured to match the fabric. The white is ok but I think it would look much better in pink or dark green. Just a thought if you are pondering lining colours! My pink top is self-drafted and uses the same pattern as the white one above.

I am so pleased with both of these pairs of shorts and reach for them in preference to all my shop-bought pairs. I'm so happy to have a good shorts pattern. It's very straightforward to sew and I'm sure I'll make it many more times.

Thanks Pattern Review and Colette Patterns.
 

21 comments:

Gabrielle said...

These look like awesome shorts, and your photos make me feel like going to the beach! I had no idea Beyonce fabric was even available - at a distance the fabric looks quite abstract though. And the penis shorts - well... again, you can't see it at a distance, and they still look great :)

Megan O said...

Thank you. I'm hoping that if I keep moving, the willy will not be so obvious!

a.h.youseef said...

so nice

katherine h said...

You are hip & young in those shorts!

Megan O said...

and you are awesome!

Megan O said...

Thank you

Sew2pro said...

That was a great win (lucky you) and both shorts look great (I concentrate on the pink and green together, colours I love, rather than the p placement). I would love to find the Beyoncé fabric over here somewhere...

Unknown said...

You're totally young and hip in those shorts! They look great on you!

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Love both pairs of shorts. I would never have noticed the unfortunate pattern placement unless you pointed it out. So funny. These look like they will be favourites for the summer.

Carolyn said...

Haha! well now you've mentioned it I just can't "un-see" it now! I never would have noticed otherwise. It looks like a nice shorts pattern, once you've found a goodie it's fantastic to be able to make all your own, just how you like them :)

Megan O said...

That Beyonce fabric was a lucky find, but I'll certainly grab some more if I see it again. I love the pink and green combo too :)

Megan O said...

Yes, it amuses me every time I wear them. My boys think it's pretty funny too. I just hope they don't tell their friends - or their teachers!

Megan O said...

Oh yes, it's funny how you can't un-see things once they've been pointed out. It was your many pairs of shorts that inspired me to make myself some, so thank you!

Megan O said...

That is what I like to hear! Thank you!!

Gail said...

The models fabric is wild. I'm not sure I'll call your other pair penis shorts...but perhaps you have more imagination than me!!!

fabric epiphanies said...

Like Carolyn and Gail I would not have noticed either! I really like printed shorts and have my own favourites. I like the fabric you have chosen despite the print placement.

Valerie said...

Oh my eyes, my eyes. Maybe you can throw 'penis' in the dye pot? Cute shorts pattern though!

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