|Pattern Description: Shorts, micro-mini, above mid-knee, below mid-knee or straight-legged pants have waistband, carriers, in-seam pockets and mock-fly zipper. A,B,C,D: side slits and stitched hems. E: cuffs. Purchased top and belt. I made the above mid-knee view.|
Pattern Sizing:(12-14-16) I chose a size 16 which matched my measurements and the finished garment measurements were just right.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, mostly. However, I did not construct the side slits and did a blind hem instead of the visible one they suggest.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pants looked like the kind I could make over and over. In addition, I learned a new faux fly zipper technique that I will be using again. The only thing I didn't like was that they are too long waisted. However, that could have been fixed if I had made a muslin.
Fabric Used:A 44/45" madras cotton print free from the VA/DC/MD blogger swap, 7" Robin zipper in Lead Blue, thread, fusible knit interfacing, and hook and eye.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I did not mean to make any alterations but when it got to making the side slits I decided to just make a simple straight hem. I think because the pattern was specifically drafted for those slits is why I had to ease the hem around and use steam to shrink the puckers. I really liked the zipper application, it was a different way to do a faux fly, worked smoothly, and looks great.
For the waistband I decided to forgo the typical pattern instructions to trim the corner of the seam allowance and followed this great Perfect Corners on Waistbands tutorial from Notes From a Mad Housewife instead. And yes, they turned out perfect!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and yes.
Conclusion: I adore this fabric, it's a mystery but it has such a soft yet firm hand I would not be surprised if this were my first silk/cotton mix. Luckily, I have enough left to make a top from next summer. Too bad that the front crotch length was too long. If only I had checked more closely. I could possibly take off the waistband and replace it after cutting one inch or so from the top of the shorts if I also shorten the zipper from the top by an inch. I may do that next summer, this year I'll just pretend I meant to make high-waisted shorts.