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Alaskan sailor shorts

Added Mar 23, 2012

by fantastic-mr...

Brisbane, Australia




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Here’s my attempt to make sailor shorts (without lips!) — I did a muslin, thank god, as it turned out my backside varied A LOT from the pattern. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out exactly what each different baggy or stretchy wrinkle MEANT in terms of which seam needed adjustment, so I just guessed and altered bit by bit until I couldn’t be bothered anymore!

Variations were mostly lengthening the legs, deepening the crotch, and deepening the pockets.

ANYWAY, I used a linen (which I think may be a bit too light-weight). I made the bias binding myself, which I’m quite proud of (first attempt!) – made from a small bit of random quilting cotton my mum brought back from a trip to Alaska:) Also my first attempt at button holes, which took a lot of practice, and still didn’t turn out that great – too many lumpy bits within the waist seam kept the material from feeding through under the foot evenly:(

Waiting to see now how the baggy/stretchy/wrinkly bits go through the first wash:)

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    Mar 26, 2012, 01.56 AMby poppykettle

    I’ve been wanting to try this shorts pattern – yours look gorgeous! I especially like your contract trim :)

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      Mar 28, 2012, 02.38 PMby fantastic-mr-fox

      thanks! definitely give it a go – putting it together was actually pretty easy; it was only trying to figure out how to alter the pattern to fit me that was difficult!

      oh, and DON’T use a mid/light-weight linen like I did (or make the fit quite snug…) – with the first wear they’ve stretched a good 3-6cm and are in danger of falling off:( I’m currently too lazy to undo all my nice welt seams to re-alter, so I’m seeing how far I can ‘fix’ it by just moving the buttons…

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    Mar 23, 2012, 07.44 PMby narwhalgabi

    Thank you for sharing your project. I love it, looks so confortable and is very pretty. The bias binding is lovely. I would try to make one for me, I’m a sailor and need one. :)

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