Three Pairs, Even
Folks, I now have in my wardrobe not one, not two, but three pairs of shorts. Never in my adult life have I ever had more than a single pair of emergency-can’t-get-away-with-anything-more shorts. But now that I’ve moved to a warmer part of the country and found Grainline’s Maritime Shorts, I’m a convert. In fact, I wore one pair of these shorts to campus for a writing session this afternoon, and I was so grateful for them in the heat and humidity we have at the moment.
I made these two pairs assembly line style for my Pattern Review summer wardrobe boost project. Even though I had to pause occasionally to change the color of my thread, this worked really well and meant that I still had best practices for the finicky bits–like sewing the fly front–fresh in my mind when I moved on to pair number two.
The pink pair above is made from a stretch cotton twill, and the navy pair is a stretch cotton sateen. I found both fabrics at JoAnn and am quite pleased with them–a little bit of stretch adds so much comfort to these shorts. The bright pink is surprisingly versatile and very fun, and the navy is a step up from your basic jean short. If only it didn’t attract lint so badly!
Precision is so important when it comes to these pockets: one imprecise move, and you have a wonky pocket. Which makes it look like you have a wonky bum!
After getting a good look at my own bum in these photos, I think I may scoot those pockets a little closer to center next time to flatter a little better…if you know what I mean.
I only made one change on these shorts from my first pair, and that’s the hem allowance. The pattern calls for a narrow hem, but I think that a 1″ hem better suits this style. A very easy alteration, to be sure!
And, for the curious, I’ll leave you with a detail shot. I’ve read that some people have trouble with the fly instructions on this pattern, and there’s actually one image in the instructions that seems to be backwards. The instructions in the sewalong, however, are just fine.