I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was chalk full of sewing (and seam ripping) and sewing some more. But more on that later in the post.
First, I like to introduce my dear friend and shorts on the line co-host Rachael of imagine gnats. Rachael is fun and funny and wildly talented. She creates amazing garments, tutorials, and patterns at break neck speed. I can't wait to try my hand at her latest embroidery pattern. And if sewing isn't your thing, head over to her shop for a great selection of handmade goodies. Today she is sharing a tutorial for knit knot shorts that are positively adorable. Head on over to imagine gnats for all the details and then head back here to see what I whipped up.
For my shorts on the line post I sewed up a pair of Sweet Scalloped Shorts by Pattern Runway. If imitation is the sincerest form for flattery than these shorts are a love letter to two of my favorite sewists: Sophie and Carolyn.
I really love how they turned out. They are super comfy yet I feel very ohh-lala in them, as you may have noticed by my very best pin-up impression in these photos. (Thank God I don't have to model for a living, I'd be in big trouble!) Another bonus: these shorts gave me an excuse to go to Forever 21 and buy a half top, not something I ever expected to do at Almost 31.
As for the pattern and construction, here are my notes:
Size: I measured very close to size large so I cut out that size with one adjustment. I am very short waisted and wanted them to be very high waisted so I ended up lengthening the rise per the instructions. Once they were put together I ended up taking in about 2" from the back center seam and they fit just like I wanted. I also noticed that if I had wanted them to sit lower the large with on adjustments would have been just right.
Instructions: This pattern has really clear instructions and the end result is very professional. Get ready for a lot of facings! I learned a lot of nice tricks and I will definitely be making more sweet scallops soon.
Fabric: I used navy lace I got at Beverly's for next to nothing and navy bottom weight cotton from Jo-Ann for the lining and all facings. Before sewing, I used spray basting to hold the lace to the lining and it made my life so much easier.
Bloopers: I had one hell of a time with the invisible zip. I thought I would be fancy and actually use an invisible zipper foot. It did not go well. I ended up ripping it out and stealing the zip from this skirt to complete my shorts, with my good old standard zipper foot (this tutorial is great). Also, the inside of these babies are a hot mess. With no serger and a strong desire to be finished, I just trimmed all the seams with pinking shears and called it good enough.
Now, Jude keeps asking where his shorts are so I guess I'd better get off the computer and back to the sewing machine. Hey, you probably should too! There is still plenty of time to enter for your chance to win some awesome prizes. More on those tomorrow!
Happy Shorts Sewing!