I’ve never been a clothes sewerer — even back when I knit, I’d only make blankets and toys because I was scared of all the fitting you have to do when you make things to wear. But just recently when I was complaining in my head about my ratty, shrunken wardrobe that’s the result of years of being too lazy to go shopping, I thought, I should try making clothes! Then, even if I only make one thing to wear a month, I would still be gaining infinity more clothes than I was before! hehe.
Pretty soon after that, I stumbled across Colette Patterns’ new Iris shorts pattern. The skill level is beginner and they looked really cute, so I bought the PDF version, which is $4 cheaper than the paper version. Yay! Plus, I like that I can cut out my size and just reprint the pieces if I needed other sizes.
(Gratuitous Sunshine pic! Ook, sorry about my scary veiny arms.)
I looked up how to measure myself, and then freaked out because I accidentally looked up my hip measurement on the pattern’s waist line and thought I was a sixteen. See how I’m not a clothes sewerer? I used some super cheap corduroy from my local Fabric Mart since it was my first try. It’s not flashy, but since it’s grey and hardy, I’ll wear it all the time. :>
The pattern was amazingly easy to put together; even the bottom hems were easy! I ended up folding up my hems three times because before that they were looking awfully old-mom-ey on me (I just cannot pull off long inseam shorts looking cute and kicky, boo), but that was the only modification I made. I used my serger to finish all the seams, and that made the inseams lie flat enough for me. I’m glad that I found someone else’s review saying that you don’t need to clip the curves if you serge and understitch — they pointed out that curved seams are never clipped in ready-to-wear clothes.
This was my first time installing an invisible zipper; I used Sew Serendipity’s tutorial (yay for not needing a special invisible zipper foot!) and mine turned out pretty much okay! I had a bit of trouble getting the zipper closed around seam intersections because the corduroy became so bulky, but I’m looking forward to it being easier on my next attempt. I left off the hook closure because those pinch my I’ll-get-my-tummy-back-in-shape-after-I’m-finished-having-babies-[hah-yeah-right] fat. :>
I’m excited about my new shorts! They’re comfy and only a little dowdy-looking. :> I think the slight dowdiness is due to the corduroy, so I’m optimistic about my next pair. Also, I’m glad that I’m using my serger more — it’s always nice justifying crafty purchases by making useful things!