Folks, I’m pretty shocked. I actually managed to finish all of the garments I planned for my Spring Palette Challenge within the ten week time frame. I’m pretty proud of myself.
These shorts were my final project, and I finished them last week. I love them! The pattern is an out of print vogue pattern (8365), which I used since it was pretty much exactly what I was looking to sew, so why draft a new one? I think the pattern is pretty good, though I had to make a lot of fitting changes, but that’s expected with any sort of trouser / short. I rotated the crotch forward, lengthened the center back to avoid the dreaded wedgie effect, took them in almost 2 inches (!) at the waist in back.
I also shortened them a little. I’ve been training for running a 10K this month, and I must say, I think the way my legs look these days is a nice side effect of all that mileage! I’m really happy with how strong and healthy I look in these shorts.
The fabric is a bright coral-orange-pink heavy cotton with a bit of stretch. I’m afraid the color is difficult to photograph, but the poor morning light in our current house doesn’t help much. Of course, I’m wearing it with the yellow blouse I also made for the challenge!
I decided to add self-piping to the waistband and pockets, and lined the pockets in a diagonally striped cotton that I already had on hand. I also had some bias binding made with the pocket fabric, so I used that to finish the inner waistband. I am a big big fan of making things that looks as good inside as they do outside. It’s just so satisfying. For the seams, I used a mock flat felled seam.
I already have two or three more pairs of these planned for summer! One in a lilac pique, another in a gingham canvas, and maybe even a polka dot pair.
I hope all of your challenges went as well as mine! I’m definitely up for doing this again for the Fall/Winter season. How about you?