|Pattern Description: |
The Maritime Short is the perfect summer short, easy to wear, modern fit and plenty of room for customization. Make a pair in denim, brightly colored linen, go bold with a print or do all three! Features curved front pockets and stylized back patch pockets as well as a fly front closure. Techniques involved include straight seams, curved seams, inserting a fly and basic hemming. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.
US Misses 0-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are well written and clear. Pictures are good, though I kept thinking the shaded side was suppose to be the fabric face...
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't like the fly front zipper insertion. There are easier ways to put one in. Look for Sandra Betzina's tutorial. I remember hers being very clear and easy.
Also, I prefer a button opening and wish they had included markings for that. The hooks are sleek, but take so long to sew on by hand. Adding the button/buttonhole markings is an easy fix though, so no prob there. I'll do that next time.
The hem is functional, but it's not what I like. The pattern has you turn and stitch 1/4" two times so you have a neat finished hem, but I prefer to have at least 3/4" minimum. It just looks better.
My test run shorts are made of some mystery blend I got many years ago. It's definitely not purely cotton, but they work fine for a trial run. I used quilters cotton for the inner waistband and pocket linings.
I'll be making another one for the mini-wardrobe contest, but was so pleased with this that I had to write a review for it right away.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added 1" to the hem. That's about it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm making more of these... many more. More for me, more for my daughters... maybe more for my niece too.
This pattern is a keeper. Usually, I prefer buying a paper pattern, but I will definitely look at more downloads from this company. Convenient, and available immediately, stylish, and most importantly true-to-size. It fits according to my measurements!
Click Here for more pics on my blog.
I made a second pair of these for my mini wardrobe entry. This one is made of a soft, wide wale corduroy in dark plum. It's so much more comfy than the grey one!
I added a few extra details on this one. There are wide belt loops, mostly because I like the look of belts and if I ever lose weight, these can still be used.
And I added elastic to the back half of the waistband. This was simply done by opening up the waistband facing at the side seams, stringing a wide elastic through the back half and tacking it down by stitching in the ditch at the side seams, then sewing the facing shut again.
Click Here for the second edition blog entry.