Oh boy, did I ever need some shorts!
Have you noticed how hot it is in the States this summer? I say that every year. But it's truly hot and humid now in Florida, and these new shorts will be in rotation for at least 4 more months.
I stayed with my favorite shorts pattern, McCalls 6291 (original post is here). I've made the pants several times as well, here and here. They're all just so comfortable and always look nice. Big plus features: front pleats, an elastic waist, and nice deep pockets.
The shorts have only one modification, to lengthen them and widen the legs - a very easy change. And I didn't use the cargo pockets, although I think they would be cute on khaki or denim.
I pulled up my shirt just to show the pleats and pockets. And actually, these shorts look great with a tucked-in shirt. But I know I won't do it - having the shirt loose is so comfy and cool.
Not stopping with one pair, I made them in white as well.
|Both shirts are modified Grainline Studio Alder's, blogged here|
A few sewing notes:
- Sewed size Medium.
- The fabric for both is 55/45 linen/rayon blend from JoAnns (Sew Classic Linen Look Solid), prepped with 3 passes thru the washer and dryer before I used it. This fabric is a favorite with me - I've used probably 8 times for pants and shorts.
- I used a 2" hem, just because I love the look of a deep hem.
- The finished outseam is 21", and the inseam is 9.5". Walking shorts!
- The finished waistband is about wide, with 1" wide knit elastic. Finishing touches: topstitching 1/4" from the top edge, one row of triple-stitch zig-zag to keep the elastic from rolling,
- And lots of serging to ensure a nice clean finish on the inside...
Parting shot from the garden this morning: Here's a little orange Julia (Dryas iulia), a true Floridian, but perhaps seen in south Texas. Her wingspan is about 3", and she only lives about 2 weeks as a butterfly - but she spends that time zipping around. She's known as a fast flyer...
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend! Coco