These shorts were part of my St. Lucia vacation wardrobe. The fabric was leftover from a failed pair of pants. It’s a lovely fine twill weave of wool and silk in a warm brown with silver undertones. It looks sturdy but is actually rather delicate and doesn’t like to be stressed so we’ll see how long they last. I downloaded this pattern (06/2013 #111A) because of its relaxed look, faced waist, and width.
As designed the shorts have a side zip, faced waist, rear vent pocket, and rolled cuffs. They sit slightly below the waist. I omitted the useless and potentially lumpy back pocket and moved the zipper to the back. I also changed the bulky facing to seam binding and omitted the roll up hem.
I laid the pattern out over my almost done pants sloper and found that the side seam sits towards the front. I know this is an optical trick to make one look slimmer from the front but wasn’t sure if or how to translate that to my sloper. Then somewhere along the way I lost an inch in width on each side! Must have been late at night. Hmmm….this is a design opportunity! I added a 1″ strip down each side using the back side of the fabric which is a grey/silver. It looks a bit crooked at the top but I won’t be wearing my shirt tucked in anyways.
In the end I am quite pleased with the fit. I need to work out the bug with the stripe but I will be making these again. They definitely suit me!
- Take your time. Don’t sew under time pressure.
- My pants sloper already rocks! (Thanks Astrid!)