Jul 212014

I made Maritime shorts! It takes so much mental energy for me to make clothes that I post about what really ought to be muslins, heh. You can see in this picture that there is a seam in the center next to the fly that oughtn’t be there — I had to add fabric because I didn’t read the instructions properly and serged all the way up the center seam instead of stopping before the bottom of the fly.
maritime shorts on front

These are a size 4 and fit really comfortably, even though they’re made out of pretty stiff remnant home dec twill. Next time, I ought to top stitch around the front pockets; the instructions don’t call for it (unless I missed that), but I think the pockets look a little unfinished without any.
maritime shorts on side

But what’s going on here? I’m not experienced enough to even be able to tell what’s wrong — is it the stiff + no-stretch fabric, that I should have serged much closer to the crotch seam, or that I should sew the back-crotchular part with a smaller seam allowance so there’s more room? The weirdness in the back is related to the pulling on the side near the waistband, yeah? How do I fix this?! argh.
maritime shorts on back

I got confused when I was putting the fly together and thought that the instruction’s diagrams were telling me to put the fly shield on with the serged edge on the side that would show. I ended up having to pull out a pair of rtw pants to check what the fly shield looked like. Also, I missed the edge of the waistband facing while top stitching from the front, so I had to hand stitch it down in many spots. The innards of my shorts are not very pretty!
maritime shorts inside out

Despite the weirdness in the back, I’ve been wearing these shorts a lot — I can’t see my own butt, so I pretend the funkiness isn’t happening. I love the back pockets — the top stitching looks actually looks okay! Plus, patch pockets on the backs of shorts and pants are my favorite. I know welt pockets look fancy, but I don’t like using them; they’re often wrinkly when empty, and I think they look silly when you load them up.
maritime shorts flat back

I’m stoked about the fly front — I feel like I finally made real shorts! I put on a button (using these two tutorials) instead of using a hook and eye because the waistband facing fabric is pretty flimsy, and I was worried that the hook and eye would rip it or pull strangely. Should I not have been worried about that?

Anyhoo, even though there’s something funky going on with this pair, I’m super happy with the Maritime shorts pattern. I like the mid-rise waistline (the three other bottoms patterns I’ve tried all have high waistlines, which I know are good for holding my tummy in, but are a little less comfy), the back pockets, and the real fly!
maritime shorts fly

  5 Responses to “Maritime shorts — what’s going on?!”

  1. Omg! Did you say you made this?! It looks so good!! I dont think that seam
    In the middle at all! It looks so good!!!

  2. Wow! You are really going to town on garments. I would not have noticed the little things that you have pointed out. The shorts look great…enjoy wearing them!

  3. Those are so cute! I think the button was a good call and I love that square-ish one you used. These shorts look like they were complicated to make- great job!

  4. I’m not really seeing any huge issues with these (which might be a reflection of the fact that I don’t give a monkeys about what my own arse looks like, never mind anyone else’s 😉 ) I wouldn’t be making any for me though as I need high waists, otherwise my trousers/shorts fall down!

  5. I know your post is old, but I’m currently making my first pair of these and I’m having the same issues. I think with mine, the crotch is cut too high, so I’ve stitched it lower and they are much better.

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