Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Pattern for K and Me


Back in April, I ordered the Grainline Studio Maritime Shorts pattern from Pink Chalk Fabrics with high hopes that it would work for both K and myself.  It took me a while (other projects kept getting in the way!) but I've finally sewn a pair up.


Maritime shorts

Oh wait...I'm supposed to be showing the shorts off not my daughter.  Sorry!


Maritime Shorts front

pattern:  Grainline Studio Maritime Shorts
size:  0
fabric:  distressed twill from Vogue Fabrics
mods:  took in a small wedge at the center back and shortened the waistband so that it would fit that change, shortened the back inseam by approx. 3/4", button instead of a hook and eye closure


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I can't say enough good things about this pattern.:)  I sewed it up at my parents' house and realized that I didn't have a way to access the instructions.  Luckily, Jen (the person behind Grainline Studio) has a step-by-step tutorial with lots of pictures HERE.  It went together with no problems.  The zipper fly was constructed a little differently than I was used to but the results were flawless!
 
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The only place I had to make adjustments were how the shorts fit in the back.  There was an itty bitty bit of gaping, which was fixed by taking the center back seam in with a wedge.  K also felt like the shorts were a little wide on her legs in the back.  Since these were the muslin, I ripped out the inseam stitching and trimmed the back inseam shorter before sewing the shorts back together.  That's not an ideal fix and messed up the crotch curve a little.  Next time, I'll pinch out some of the width from the back pattern piece.  The only other thing that will be changed is the back pocket size/placement.  K thought they were too big.  I have plenty of back pocket pattern pieces from all the jeans I've sewn for her over the years.  Surely one of them will appeal to her.
 
She's picked out some gray twill for her next pair.  The fabric that was supposed to be for my Maritime Shorts!  Oh well, she needs shorts that fit more than I do. 

 
august shorts
 
 




20 comments:

  1. They look great!
    You did a good job tailoring the shorts to suit her shape.

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  2. You did a great job with all the modifications, Cindy and the shorts, as always, look so professionally sewn!!! It's awesome that K. still loves you to sew for her.

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    1. Her dad is very temptedto do just that!lol :)

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  4. They look awesome! I've only sewn one of Jens patterns, but from what I can see around the blog, her patterns are so well written and constructed that they produce a great garment every time! This pattern is now on my radar!

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  5. the shorts are great. i might check out that pattern. i desperately need new shorts. i like the lower rise of these and the wide waist band.

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    1. Thanks, Teri! The lower rise and wide waist band are what attracted me to the pattern. That and the fact that they came in a size 0 and I could use the pattern for both my oldest and myself.;)

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  6. The shorts turned out great, looks like a wonderful pattern, I should check it out.

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    1. Thanks you! It is a good pattern. I was initially reluctant to purchase it because it was a PDF. But it's one of the nicer PDF patterns I've printed. Didn't use up a lot of paper!;)

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  7. Wow. Great shorts. Stunning legs! I'm having a cup of tea and a biscuit but now I think I should be going for a run! :)

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  8. What beautiful shorts and young lady!

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  9. I like fit of these also- shorts are so hard find! I'm sure it's even harder when you've got so much leg! :) Beautifully sewn too!

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  10. Well done, they fit her perfectly! She is so lanky and leggy! :-)

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  11. They look so good on her! And she is a beauty, going with Peta on this one, cupboard for her.

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    1. :) Thanks, Brittney! I finished another pair for her yesterday.

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  12. These shorts are great! Can't wait to see your version!
    I might agree with her as the back pockets look a bit too big, but otherwise the fit is great on her and I love the front.
    K is so grown up now - she's a beautiful girl (all your kids are stunning. Good genes, I guess) :-)

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    1. Thanks, Ana Sofia! I'm waiting until the kids are back in school before tackling my pair. I did make K another pair with smaller pockets that turned out great! Hopefully, I'll get some pictures in the next few days.:)

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  13. Fabulous shorts, well done! I try to sew with organic fabrics for my daughter from www.organiccottonplus.com, but I'll be checking out your sources too.

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    1. Thanks! I'm always on the hunt for good, quality twill.:)

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