Totally not a Fashion Sewing Group pattern, how frustrating that we can't add new pattern companies or leave it blank at a stretch. So sorry guys, this is a Fashion Cut Pattern.
1950's pattern for sleeveless shirt and shorts. I made the shorts only.
Single-sized - size 34 Bust or 14. Bust 34, Waist 27 and Hips 38.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did. I left off the belt loops and centre front creases.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions were sparse to say the least! I puzzled over the pocket construction for a while. There is no hand holding here so beginners need not apply
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the classic shorts and the "high" waist (otherwise known as "non hipster"). There are some nice little details like the pocket tabs that add interest.
A medium to heavy weight cotton sateen (with some lycra as it definitely had quite a bit of stretch).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a few changes to the shorts.
- I took in 2 inches total at the waist side seams grading out to nothing at the hips.
- I interfaced the waistband (not instructed to do so) as the stretch in the fabric concerned me and I didn't want the waistband to distort or stretch irrevocably.
- I did not insert the waist of the the shorts between the edges of the folded waistband as I didn't want any top stitching. I sewed one long edge of the waistband to the waistline right sides together, then turned the waistband to the inside, folded under the seam allowance and then stitched in the ditch on the outside for a clean finish.
- I had problems with a very long and deep crotch (I did not do a muslin) but found a way to tailor the shorts post hoc to deal with it quite well. I detail the process at my blog if you are interested.
- I inserted an invisible zip, not a regular zip.
- I did not add belt loops/carriers. I rarely if ever wear a belt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I could see myself working on the fit of this pattern and using it as the basis for some further shorts. I'd recommend the pattern, but not to beginners who may get lost without the hand-holding instructions more modern patterns offer.
Love these shorts and nearly entirely made on my 1950 Singer Featherweight 221k. Vintage shorts on a vintage machine, happy days!