|Wiksten Tank Top, ACMoore snakeskin print, 100% cotton|
Shorts, JoAnns linen-blend
Sandals, Lindsay Phillips
I know I said in my post about pull-on pants that shorts do not suit me...but things change! I have decided that shorts suit me very well and am happily making lots of them. This pattern, Simplicity 1852, is a great find.
The shorts/pants are described as sitting 1" below the natural waistline - but I am short in the rise. You can see these shorts sit a bit higher on me, as I hoped they would - in fact, they are very comfortably at my waist. It is so nice to have a pattern that fits in the rise. (I have another TNT as well, but it is plain vanilla).
This pattern has a cute piecing and pocket treatment. Each side comprises three pieces, with a styled patch pocket set into the front seam and extending across the side seam onto the back. Here is another view, front and back:
I love the elastic waistband casing on this pattern - it is set on as a separate piece, instead of being an integrated fold-over casing. The result is a very clean and lightweight finish that gathers very nicely around the elastic. Much much better than any fold-over treatment I've experienced. So nice that I will never again use any other approach to a pull-on pants elastic casing! (Last week I went back and redid the waist on a pretty linen pull-on pant that I took to Orlando for Mom's Day visit with family.)
I sewed a M (12-14) and they are so comfy. And....take only a little over a yard to make because of the piecing. If you modify the pocket just a bit (cut the pocket facing separately), a yard will do it for many sizes! What a great summer stash buster!
The drawstring is actually faux - it is inserted into two buttonholes set an inch or so apart on the front waistband. Did I bother? Noooo. For myself, I find pants drawstrings distracting, bothersome, and limiting...did I say I don't like them?
|Wiksten Tank Top, FFC white on white dots, 100% cotton|
Shorts, ACMoore leaf print, 100% cotton
Sandals, Jack Rogers
I think this is a really nice rear view! no bag, no sag, pinch, or pleat. Definitely will be making the longer pants version.
Then there's the yellow and white print from ACMoore, the one I used to make my first Wiksten tank top...Oh, what cute shorts they made! Dance time!