My goal this summer was to sew some shorts and I finally got a pair that fits! I started with the Colette Iris shorts and wasn’t able to get a good fit from either of the two pairs I made. I still want to work on getting this pattern to work for me, but I decided to move on to the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern. I had high hopes for this pattern since all of the Sewaholic patterns are created for the pear shaped figure. I hadn’t ever sewn a fly front before and I hadn’t sewn welt pockets before so this was a more advanced pattern for me.
There is a great Thurlow sewalong on LLadybird.com and I referenced it pretty much every step of the way. I made a muslin and ended up pinching out some excess from the front rise and also lengthening the back crotch curve a bit. I made a size 12 and cut them to full length but didn’t cuff the bottom. I also used my favorite pair of Gap shorts as a guide to slim the leg a bit. I am happy with the fit of these shorts but I think next time I will add an inch to the length and lengthen the crotch curve just a bit more.
The welt pocket went pretty smoothly, but it took me about a month to get it done. I stalled out on having to hand baste the welts closed so they would stay together when I sewed up the sides of the pocket. Once I finally made myself do that part it took about 1 minute. I don’t know why certain hand sewing tasks are so difficult for me to accomplish! After I got one pocket done I decided to skip the second so that I might actually get to wear the shorts this summer. I did fairly well on my first front fly zipper. The right side is about a quarter inch higher than the left side. I sort of fudged it when I sewed in the hook and eye so it looks level. Next time I know I need to baste the zipper and make sure everything is even before doing the final sewing. Here are some detail shots of the fly, the welt pocket, and the interior.
I used a black stretch cotton sateen from Joann Fabrics for the shorts. The polka dot lining fabric is a quilting cotton from Joann Fabrics. I like having some excitement on the inside of the shorts!
My shirt is the Colette Laurel top. I made this top as a wearable muslin before I made my Laurel dress. I drafted a Peter Pan collar and used piping around the edges to set the collar off from the rest of the top. I have some issues with pulling in the upper bust area of this top, but not enough to keep me from wearing it. I really like this top and want to get around to making another one at some point in the future!