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Soliel
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Date: 7/16/10 4:28 PM

Hi! Oh, I love this board! It's so active and a place to talk sewing and fashion!

I am looking for wide leg shorts...kind of skirt like but not with an elastic waist. I like pleats, pockets, buttons, a-line with details.

I really want a pair of shorts like these!!! I could only find them from this company...and not in patterns.

http://www.yesstyle.com/en/ribbonne-set-balloon-sleeve-pintuck-top-wide-leg-shorts/info.html/pid.1022902034

http://www.yesstyle.com/en/soneed-wide-leg-shorts/info.html/pid.1022797302

I could not find in any current patterns. Or older for that matter. Actually, I did find some older ones but not with the details and not quite the style. I found lots of elastic wide leg shorts...and cute skorts...but none quite like above. They are alright but I really really like the above.

So I was thinking my only solution might be to find some wide leg pants that I really like, with the sweet details and just make them shorter. Like take this Burda wide pants pattern and cut them down

The Burda Pattern:

http://www.sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=bur7657&new_category=search&view=gallery&brand=&category=search&pageGoto=0&pageFormat=3|202|202&pageCount=18&search=7657&return=yes

Any thoughts?
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Date: 7/16/10 5:54 PM

Is Burda 7654 close enough? In French it's described as a 'Jupe-culotte,' which means 'skirt shorts,' or pretty darn full.

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Date: 7/16/10 7:56 PM

How about Marfy 1884? I will be posting my review as soon as I get my photo uploaded. My first attempt does look like the drawing; the side seam buttons are decoration, though you could convert it to a button placket as the drawing suggests, if you wanted to do that much work. It would be very easy to simply close the side seams, too, if you did not want the vents/kick pleats. Pleating creates the wide legs, the yoked back is smooth above the pleats, and the front pockets have a front stay that meets the fly front. The waistband is straight, though I changed mine to a contour band. Only drawbacks are that Marfy patterns have no instructions and you have to wait for them to ship it from Italy. If you have sewn pants before, they aren't hard to figure out. I've discovered that delivery is quicker if you order via email [email protected], and may be a little cheaper. My last order only took a week once I sent the payment.

Edited for clarity, and to say Welcome to PR discussions!
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Date: 7/16/10 8:27 PM

Here's a link to an older Vogue pattern on ebay. I haven't tried the pattern personally, but I do have it in my stash.

Vogue 2739
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Date: 7/16/10 8:38 PM

You could try Folkwear #250 Hollywood pants for a base pattern and use design features from other patterns.

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Date: 7/17/10 8:48 PM

Thanks all of you for the suggestions.

I do like them all, the Burda, the Marfy, the Vogue.

Marfy is very stylish but I think a bit above my skill level but I do love how the pleats in back flair out...very stylish!

Love the Burda, too...very cute...and yes, I think it would work. I assume available in the states? I'll check.

I did more 80's searches and see that many 80's shorts are not elasticized but have a waist, side pockets, pleats and are flared.

Some terms I liked: "wide legged", "skirt like", "front waist", "double pleated", "flared pleated skirt", "split skirt culottes", "cigarette flared leg shorts", "tap shorts"

Thanks all!
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