Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Is there such a thing as flattering shorts? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Is there such a thing as flattering shorts?
LDT2011
LDT2011
Intermediate
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 11/18/11
Posts: 637
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/10/12 6:26 AM

As I'm short in the leg and quite wide hipped (but small waisted) I find it impossible to find a pair of shorts that flatter.
Either I look like I've been squashed or my legs look super chunky.
Is there any style that would fit me?

------
'The purpose of most fashion is to be ostentatiously non-functional.'

Choco Pie
star
Choco Pie
Advanced Beginner
SOUTH KOREA
Member since 10/4/10
Posts: 80
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/10/12 7:49 AM

I'm picturing something that looks a little retro--high waisted, slightly flared in the leg. Google "high-waisted shorts" and there are a lot of images.

KensingtonCrab
KensingtonCrab
Advanced Beginner
SC USA
Member since 2/13/09
Posts: 977
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Choco Pie <<


Date: 4/10/12 8:02 AM

I was thinking with a curved in side seam 'vent' to bring the eye up (not sure if I am explaining it right).

------
Carpe diem!

EleanorSews
star
EleanorSews  Friend of PR
Advanced
MI USA
Member since 7/26/07
Posts: 4335
Board Moderator
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Choco Pie <<


Date: 4/10/12 8:17 AM

Maybe something like New Look 6100? The slight flare on View B has a somehwta retro look to it although not the high waist. I think the length of the shorts also has something to do with how they look, much like where you hem a skirt.

------
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin

"Attitude is the difference between an adventure and an ordeal." unknown

LDT2011
LDT2011
Intermediate
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 11/18/11
Posts: 637
Login to reply to this post

In reply to KensingtonCrab <<


Date: 4/10/12 8:23 AM

Quote: KensingtonCrab
I was thinking with a curved in side seam 'vent' to bring the eye up (not sure if I am explaining it right).

Quote: KensingtonCrab
I'm picturing something that looks a little retro--high waisted, slightly flared in the leg. Google "high-waisted shorts" and there are a lot of images.
Do you mean something like this?

http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/shorts/firetrap-calcutta-high-waisted-short_245600083

or like this
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/shorts/miss-real-navy-pleated-shorts_251886641
-- Edited on 4/10/12 8:24 AM --

------
'The purpose of most fashion is to be ostentatiously non-functional.'

CRUST
CRUST
Intermediate
Member since 3/21/12
Posts: 87
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/10/12 10:29 AM

Pick a soft material and relax the fit down to the hem, which you should peg. Depending on the shape of your legs you might want to cut them a little long; for example, just past the flare of your calf if you have big calves.

Michelle T

Michelle T
Intermediate
BC CANADA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 4407
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/10/12 10:50 AM

I have just decided that shorts are comfortable to wear and I just will not worry about how I look wearing them.

I do find I feel a bit better dressed when I wear a skort.

I cannot wear full flowy shorts as I have full inner thighs and they just ride up.

I did pull out two pair of shorts this weekend. One has cuffs and they really jut draw attention to my full thighs.

I also wear capris, but have not found a good length for me yet. I think part of the problem is that I need to find a top the right length to balance the look. I have regular length legs, and a short upper body.

------
Proud parent of a Dwight International School Honour Roll Student

jennierigg
jennierigg
Advanced Beginner
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 3/18/12
Posts: 27
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/14/12 8:14 PM

I can't wear anything that shows thigh - even my swimming costume has knee length legs LOL - because my huge, extremely white, muscular thighs (I inherited my dad's legs, and he was a prop forward rugby player for many years - see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Scrum.JPG for examples of rugby player legs) just mean that nobody ever looks at any other part of me if they are showing. So short shorts are not an option... And I stopped wearing my comfiest pair of shorts when a "friend" told me they looked like "clown pants". They were knee length and I guess a bit baggy...

Mostly I am happy with my stocky, muscular physique - big butt, broad shoulders, big chest, narrow waist works well for me. I just wish I could find shorts (or a pattern to make some) that were comfy AND flattering. It's seriously looking like it's back to the clown pants again for me this summer...

Speech girl
starstar
Speech girl  Friend of PR
Intermediate
GA USA
Member since 5/11/03
Posts: 2066
Login to reply to this post

In reply to LDT2011 <<


Date: 4/14/12 10:10 PM

I have trouble with shorts looking right too, but I made Hotpattern's sporty sarong shorts lastcsummer and liked the way they looked (maybe because they were skirtish). It's a free download from Fabric.com

------
Kim
formerly mikkim
http://girlwithatimemachine.wordpress.com/

petro
starstar
petro  Friend of PR
Advanced
FRANCE
Member since 6/24/07
Posts: 2358
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/15/12 0:22 AM

Culottes, like these I made http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/74117
any good? Could be made any length.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fashion Styles and Trends >> Is there such a thing as flattering shorts?

Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fee: $39.99
(Regular $39.99)
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Online Sewing Classes
Altering Pants
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Pants

Simplicity 4136
photo
Review by Princess A... on 6/17/08
Read Review

Simplicity 2146 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )
Simplicity 2146 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )

Details
Price: $17.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 6083 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )
McCalls 6083 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

No Pattern Used 18th century banyan
photo
Review by Nikki on 2/15/14
Read Review

Salme Kimono Top Digital Pattern
Salme Kimono Top Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Oliver + S Pinwheel tunic + slip dress Digital Pattern ( Size 6m-4T )
Oliver + S Pinwheel tunic + slip dress Digital Pattern ( Size 6m-4T )

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

SewBaby Totpacks Pattern
SewBaby Totpacks Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

You Sew Girl Beach Bag Pattern
You Sew Girl Beach Bag Pattern

Details
Price: $22.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN