Added Aug 21, 2011
I always seem to lack shorts, and I tend not to buy any since I feel uncomfortable (self conscious) in most of them. A couple of years ago I found a pair that I really like though, a sample pair from Swedish brand Whyred, high waisted, rather tight, with short legs. I love them! Such a rare feeling for me to relate to shorts.
So I figured high waisted shorts might be my thing.
Therefor, I was thrilled to see clioscolors’s version of pattern 111 in the June-issue of Burdastyle magazine (found here ). They looked quite similar to my favourites in shape.
Said and done, I picked out the last bits of scraps from a pair of sailor pants I’m working on (a copy of an authentic navy pair), and I had just enough to make myself a pair (it just happened to be almost exactily the same colour as clioscolors’ shorts).
I made pocket pouches and lined the waistband with a striped cotton I got for the sailor pants (they’re going to be sisters!).
Instead of buttons I used hooks and eyes, out of necessity since I had to leave for my vacation before finishing them and it seemed the easiest option. Now I really like it, it’s more comfortable than a button, and I like the silver coloured metal with the denim.
The instructions were quite difficult to follow. I still don’t know how the pockets are supposed to be constructed, I googled, read my books and winged it. I cut one piece of each pocket in half denim half thinner cotton and one part in cotton (as seen in the last picture). It worked well.
The sizes seem to run quite small to be Burdastyle, I used the size I should according to the size chart (36), I usually size down. I think I made the waist about 1,5 or so cm higher than in the original pattern (I can’t seem to follow any recepies to the point). I’ll update here if I find out how much (ie compare to the pattern).
I’m happy with my new shorts, but I might let the legs down just a tad… they really are short!
Also blogged here
A light blue cotton denim, a remnant of bigger a piece I got as a remnant. How’s that for little waste sewing ;-)?
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