It's my pleasure to present the final guest poster for shorts on the line: Alli of B.Yazoo. Alli has great style. She makes beautiful quilts and is crazy good at embroidery. Today she is going to share her version of the Iris shorts pattern.
A little while ago, I got a small clothes-making bug, and then I stumbled across Colette Patterns' new Iris shorts pattern. The skill level is beginner and they looked really cute, so I bought the PDF version, which is $4 cheaper than the paper version. Yay! Plus, I like that I can cut out my size and just reprint the pieces if I need other sizes, instead of messing around with pattern tracing paper. The pdf pattern is easy to put together: there are 16 pattern pages, each page is labeled with a row and column, and there are nice and clear tick marks to line up between the pages.
I looked up how to measure myself, and then freaked out because I accidentally looked up my hip measurement on the pattern's waist line and thought I was a sixteen. Oops! I used some super cheap corduroy from my local Fabric Mart since it was my first try. It's not flashy, but since it's grey and hardy, I'll wear it all the time. :> The only other supply I needed was an invisible zipper; I decided to leave off the decorative buttons.
The pattern instructions were wonderful! They start out with two cutting layouts: one for quilting-width fabric and one for fashion-width fabric, which I think is awesome. Then they have excellent diagrams for every single construction step, and also tips and sewing term definitions. The pattern pieces themselves were fantastic, too. In my limited clothes-sewing experience, I've always had trouble making even hems, but for these shorts, even the bottom hems were easy and came out perfectly! I ended up folding up my hems three times because before that they were looking awfully old-mom-ey on me (I just cannot pull off long inseam shorts looking cute and kicky, boo), but that was the only modification I made. I used my serger to finish all the seams, and that made the inseams lie flat enough for me. I read someone else's review saying that you don't need to clip the curves if you serge and understitch -- they pointed out that curved seams are never clipped in ready-to-wear clothes.
This was my first time installing an invisible zipper; I used Sew Serendipity's tutorial instead of the one provided by Colette Patterns because Sew Serendipity's shows you how to install an invisible zipper with a normal zipper foot. (The Colette Patterns instructions requires an invisible zipper foot.) I had a bit of trouble getting the zipper closed around seam intersections because the corduroy became so bulky, but I'm looking forward to it being easier on my next attempt. I left off the hook closure because those pinch my I'll-get-my-tummy-back-in-shape-after-I'm-finished-having-babies-[hah-yeah-right] fat. :>
I love my shorts and have been wearing them a lot! They're comfy and only a little dowdy-looking, but the slight dowdiness is due to the fabric and not the pattern. I definitely want to make more of these!
Alli, I don't think you look dowdy at all! Thanks so much for sharing!
And thank you to all you sewalongers! This sewalong is shaping up to be nothing short of fabulous, thanks to you!
Now I'm off to rest ...