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.
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.
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