Hi, my name is Teri and I’m a Tencel-aholic. I can’t get enough! I had some gorgeous jade Tencel from Indiesew, leftover from my Cleo skirt, and I knew I had to find a use for it. There was no chance I was going to let any of this fabric go unused.
I had been wanting to make a pair of Emerson shorts and knew that the Tencel would be a great match for the pattern. I was a tester for the Emerson pant when the pattern was released and my tester pants were a little bit too small for me and I wasn’t totally happy with the back view. I’ve learned more about fitting pants/shorts to my body since that pattern test so I’ve been wanting to revisit the pattern and see if I could improve the fit.
I decided to go up a size from what I had made before. I cut a size 14 graded to a 16 and I did a full seat adjustment of 5/8″. (I used the slash and spread method shown here to add a wedge to the back seat. I used this method on my Morgan jeans, too, and it works really well for me.) I also lengthened them 2.5″ and added about 3/8″ to the front and back crotch length to account for my full thighs.
The adjustments worked well and I love the fit of these shorts. They are loose and flowy, possibly more loose and flowy than the pattern is intended to be, but I think it’s perfect in this Tencel fabric. I tend to not be a fan of pleated front pants on my body, but I like the stitched-down pleats on the Emerson pattern. These are cool and comfortable and I wore them quite often after I made them.
I tend to put my clothes through their paces and I am a bit of a lazy laundress. I threw caution to the wind and machine washed and dried these shorts with all of our regular laundry. After being washed a bunch of times I noticed some small abrasions had started forming on the fabric. (Right on the very front, of course! Gah!) These abrasions are what I would love to see on my handmade jeans but aren’t what I want on my Tencel shorts. There is a great post about sewing with Tencel on the Indiesew website and Allie recommends line drying after the garment is complete. I switched over to washing on delicate and line drying to make sure I don’t inadvertently destroy these!
Indiesew is currently sold out of this Tencel, but Allie brings new fabrics into the shop regularly. Following Indiesew on Instagram or signing up for the newsletter is a great way to stay informed on what new fabrics and patterns are added to the shop. The Emerson pant and short pattern is available in the Indiesew shop here. I was so happy with these shorts that I made a pair of Emerson pants that are going to be perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall. I’ll be back to show you those soon!
p.s. The jade Tencel fabric was provided to me by Indiesew since I am a member of their blogger team. The opinions expressed are my own.