Before these shorts were a pattern, they were a pair of shorts I loved for many summers. Sadly, they came in contact with some curry and never recovered. I cut them up and traced them out into a pattern!
The shorts sit on the hip, have pockets and a fly at the front, two single welt pockets at the back and a circular cutout at the leg.
The original shorts were a size L.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
They were an exact replica of the shorts that were, so I'd take that as a win.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No instructions! I winged it (wung it??) and won.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
They're just SO comfortable. There's plenty of room to move about and they aren't skin tight. There's gathering at the pockets and at the little cutout detail in the leg - the originals had ties at the side of the leg too.
A stretch woven cotton blend, and some bias cut trim in red (the first pair I made) and in blue (for the second pair I made). Pockets bags were made from white cotton voile to match.
In my first pair (with the red trim) I even managed to reuse the original zip and buttons
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the shorts a slightly smaller size (I was quite a bit larger than I am now when I bought the original pair). Otherwise, in the second version I took away the tie at the legs, just for something different.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'ev sewn up two already - and I don't doubt I'll make another pair next summer. They're a win.
If you have a garment you love... but it can no longer be worn... then break out the seam ripper and make up a pattern from it so your beloved item of clothing can live again!