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Retro Flowers Souvenir Shorts

Added Feb 20, 2014

by shibz

, Australia






I really like this fabric as shorts – it’s a bit crazy, but contained to a small garment. I cut a size 14 initially, but to my horror found that they wouldn’t do up! This was the largest size I had, so I about 1.25cm to each side seam at the waist, tapering to nothing at the leg, for an extra 5cm around. These fit much more comfortably. I chucked on another 5.5cm to the length when cutting out as they were a bit brief otherwise!

The cuffs are turned up 5cm and tacked with the machine, because who seriously can be assed with French tacks. This is the first lapped zipper I’ve inserted so it was a bit of a challenge – in the end I attached the facings first, turned back 2.5cm on the overlap side and 1cm on the underlap, with the garment seam allowances wrapped around them to finish the top of the zip. I’m not sure if this is the usual insertion method or not, but I couldn’t decipher the pattern instructions and it sure made for a neat finish. Plus I added an inseam pocket, because shorts without a pocket are shorts not worth having at all.

Material Notes

Floral cotton, from Salvo’s, 18cm dress zipper (Birch, in 79 Olive), from Spotlight


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    Feb 21, 2014, 09.44 AMby sophie11

    Cute – what pattern is it?

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      Feb 22, 2014, 12.48 AMby shibz

      Whoops, I thought I put that in the description! It is Simplicity 1879, the Souvenir Shorts, Dress & Blouse pattern by Lisette.

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    Feb 20, 2014, 12.38 PMby liliv-1

    Very cute!

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    Feb 20, 2014, 06.28 AMby cris orange

    Sweet shorts :-)

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