Standing room only
I made shorts… shorts people… I made myself a pair of Iris Shorts!
Apart from two pairs of Anita Ponti pants, I’ve avoided sewing ‘bottoms’ for my entire sewing life. That’s five whole years readers. Silly I know, but the perceived fitting issues… well… they frightened me.
I have a thick waist compared to my hips and this ensures my measurements are all over sizing charts. In this instance, my waist was a size 12 and my hips between a size 4 & 6. Yes, that’s quite a difference. I traced off a size 6 in the hips and graded to a 10 in the waist.
The next step involved calico. I cut out and sewed up my traced pattern and even added the invisible zip (I need practice at those too!). The calico version fitted me much better than I expected, but the shorts were grabbing me… and not in a pleasant way… in the front crotch.
I consulted “Pants For Real People” by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto and a RTW pair of shorts that fit me well and decided, rightly or wrongly, that my crotch issues were related to length as apposed to depth. The difference in the front crotch length of my RTW shorts and my newly stitched calico pair was 3/8″ (1cm) so I amended my traced pattern by that amount and cut out my fashion fabric.
The fabric is a medium weight cotton, without any stretch, and the outside has a denim look that seems to have been achieved with some sort of coating. The fabric was purchased at Clear It (Alanah Hill) Outlet last year. The waistband facing is some cotton voile from my scraps tub.
I eliminated the front pockets as I was keen to sew these up quickly as possible. I also like my shorts short so I removed 2″ (5cm) from the length.
The good news is the front crotch issue seemed to have been resolved. The not so good news is that I seem to have transferred my issues to the back. These shorts are for standing in only. Sitting or bending in them is… dare I say… very uncomfortable. Bummer!
I’m a little sad these didn’t work out, but you win some and you lose some. I’m going to leave this pattern alone until I get some expert help. I think it’s time for me to enrol in a pants fitting workshop…
Pattern: Colette’s Iris Shorts
Size: 6 graded to a 10 in the waist
Fabric: Medium weight denim from Clear It (Alanah Hill) Outlet
Alterations: The sizing as described above, I removed 2″ from the length & eliminated the pockets
Accessories: Bangle by Sonia Rykel (brought here) & shoes purchased at Zomp.