|Pattern Description: |
this pattern includes pleated, cuffed shorts and several skirt variations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
it would have, but i modified the pattern slightly for a more modern look.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
didn't look at the directions, i have my own methods for pant/short construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i like the pleats and cuffs on the shorts, they add cute details to what would be an otherwise plain pattern. i didn't like the box pleat though, so i made two smaller pleats instead.
i used a cotton shirting, underlined in muslin
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
these shorts are designed to sit at the waist and i knew that would look ridiculous and really, what kid would wear her shorts that high? off the bat, i cut off 1" from the top to lower the rise. i also thought they were a bit long (and i was under severe fabric constraints!) so i shortened them by 1". as i mentioned above, i didn't like the box pleat so i opted to make two smaller pleats, as you would usually see on a pleated pant. to make the waistband fit i cut it a size up and trimmed it as needed. also, like most patterns, there is no separate fly facing, no fly shield, no pocket facings, etc... so i drafted these bits to give them a RTW standard look. i also added back patch pockets.
my nine year old daughter measures about a size 6 in mccalls patterns. i went with a straight size 7 to give her ample room to grow. next time i'll make an adjustable inner waistband to cinch them in a little; right now she has to wear a belt to keep them up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
i will be making one or two more pairs (already have another cut out!) because with the modifications, it's a super cute pair of shorts! i recommend the pattern, but definitely lower the rise! it would look ridiculous otherwise, and your kid would probably hate them.
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