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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fitting Shorts is Hard

Shorts are not easy, but I really really wanted them so after a few tweaks here and there I finished my tweed-looking linen shorts.  I used a salmon colored silk for the pocket lining and left the lining visible, which I like but I think I would make the pockets a bit smaller next time.  

American Apparel bodysuit, Rag & Bone blazer, shorts Made by Me, Christian Louboutin wedges




Patterns for shorts - not to mention the standard sizing for shorts and pants - are generally not built to fit most women's bodies.  Not sure why, seems counter-intuitive to me.  If I had a little less curve going on things would work out fine and dandy, but c'est la vie.  Curves present a bit of a challenge.  In my test run, I made a muslin of the shorts that pulled a bit in the front.  The pulling action is frequently the bane of my existence and I generally buy a size up in pants or shorts when shopping and then bring them to a tailor to take in at the waist.  Since I'm the tailor here, I tweaked the pattern a bit to get rid of the pull, but now I seem to have a bit of a puff.  


The silk pockets had a tendency to creep up and create even more puff in front so I created a chain with my thread to keep the pockets in place.


The chain tacks each pocket down to the inside hem and it works like a charm.  Less bunchy pockets = less poof.  


  Posing for pictures is rough work.  

16 comments:

  1. A fly zip as well. There difficult. Great colour. You've done a fantastic job they look great on. X

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  2. very nice job on the shorts! :)

    im following you now! hope you could give my blog a visit and follow back? :) i would be very grateful! :) looking forward to more posts! :)

    theapplesofmyeye-carina.blogspot.com

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  3. Very nice work on the shorts! I like them a lot!

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  4. This is great!! I loveeee the shorts; they fit you great. You give me inspiration to start sewing!

    -Cherrie <3

    http://www.cherrieamore.com

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  5. Woww.. I think they look great! I've tried my hand at sewing, and I feel like shorts would be one of the hardest things to make fit and flatter. Kudos!!

    xx, Melanie

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  6. You did a great job! These shorts are great and I adore your pictures!!!
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com

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  7. Those look amazing and so, so complicated to make. Nice work!

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  8. haha yes... fitting shorts (and trousers) is a particular nightmare.. have you tried any suit tailoring? you might like my blog, im a designer and artist.

    http://www.thepvdhjournal.com

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  9. I don't know how to do such. great talent!
    http://www.abinavarrete.blogspot.com/

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  10. Awesome!! Both the color and the fit!

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  11. Absolutely loved the outfit hun!

    Xoxo,
    Larita
    www.laritasmkup.blogspot.com

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  12. Are you joking me?! The shorts are amazing! I cant even imagine how ridic hard they were to make. Good work! (Ok I finally figured out how to follow your blog...I think). XO

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  13. Those shorts are gorgeous!! Great job paring them with the blazer too, that outfit is perfect! :)

    Helen
    www.neverquiteelegant.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow those shorts fit you perfect! I can't believe you made them, there gorgeous. Following your blog now :) looking forward to more posts.

    xx
    Ashley
    http://goldendivine.blogspot.com

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