Hey guys! Long time no see!
I have a rather large back-log of projects to share, some more complex than others, but it seems I'm starting with a simple, but oh-so needed one.
The trouble is getting the photographs, isn't it? But Friday morning when I threw this on for a long walk with Brandon and CoCo, I thought to grab the camera and we just paused along the way. Side note: while the sunglasses and hat are likely to continue popping up here - I'm taking sun care very seriously these days - today, they're shielding you from the fact that I don't wear eye makeup on our morning walks haha.
I've been trying to make more of an effort to be more active lately and I've started taking CoCo for an extra, long walk in the mornings. Well, between the increasing summer heat, and the fact that holding her means I can't guard as well against sudden gusts of wind, I realized I really need to start wearing shorts again. I noticed through a few other bloggers that elasticated-waist shorts and track shorts are actually on trend right now. So, what better time to make some myself?
Conveniently, the day before I came to take decision, I had just happened to pop into Hobby Lobby (a rather rare occurance) for another pattern and saw this cute anchor-print chambray. Cotton + blue + anchors = 1.5 yards immediately purchased! Granted, I originally planned on making it into sleep shorts, but when I saw similar styles being considered acceptable day wear, I shifted gears slightly and whipped these up using a very slightly modified S1808 (the only elasticated, non-pajama pattern I owned!).
You could call these a bit of a palette cleanser. Some of you know, I have quite an addiction to sewing new things using the full "couture" process: thread-traced muslins, underlining, hand-sewn linings... By contrast, this was a very easy process and a very easy pattern. I actually read through the instructions and found them to be quite clear. To my recollection, there were even notes about understitching! High-five, Simplicity! The shorts really came together in about a day, which, for me, is absolutely unheard of. Faster sewists could likely sew these up in an hour or two. Of course, I did add time by adding top-stitching and a pocket, but the goal was to make them look as "real" as possible, since it's just such a casual style.
- I cut a size 14, one size smaller than recommended. (In part because I expect to slim back down a bit, and in part because I didn't want quite that much ease. With an elastic waist, I think there's a fine line between casual and sloppy, particularly when dressing your "problem areas" and I didn't want to be on the wrong side of it.) NOTE: if you are pear shaped, be very careful when selecting your size. My choice worked out okay for me, but, to be honest, they were a bit tough to get over my hips at first. Oops!
- I added a 7/16" full-bum adjustment, because well, that's where my weight is.
- I left the length as-is, which I think works well as my "short-shorts" length. The finished inseam is ~5" and my inseam is ~36".
- I edge-stitched the pleats and top-stitched and bar-tacked the pockets.
- I used 1 1/4" 4-channel sports elastic, applied to the right-side of the inner waistband, rather than the recommended 1/4" elastic and casing.
- I applied the elastic only between side seams, rather than wrapping around from pocket edge to pocket edge - a happy accident.
- I omitted the front ties to limit bulk over my stomach and so I can easily leave my shirts untucked when preferred.
- I added a right-back pocket to make the shorts look a bit more like day wear, and to break up the back view a bit (which then didn't happen because, of course, I chose that to be the only area I pattern matched, haha!), top-stitching the pocket before attaching and edge-stitching it to the garment ~2" below the waistband.
I made a few additional tweaks to the pattern after wearing these for a bit, which I'll share when I post pair #2, but overall, I'm rather happy with these. They were quick, easy, and are comfortable for long walks, just as I was hoping. I actually think I'll sneak a couple more on the machine, in between more complex garments.
Happy sewing! x