It’s rare that I sew using a current pattern, but after searching all spring and summer for a shorts pattern I liked, I caved in to the new after spotting this New Look pattern on A Sewing Life. I had a bit of a problem finding it locally, as it is at least a year old, but the fifth store I looked in did have the pattern in stock. It is also available online.
I made view A, but without the cuffs. I’m pretty short and just don’t need a horizontal line across the top of my knees. That was the only adjustment I made as far as the cutting was concerned. I made them just a touch longer to give more of a hem. As far as the sizing went, the shorts fit as cut.
I really like the wider waistband, that sits just under the natural waist. There is a side zipper, and the pockets are a must for me.
I really am the world’s slowest sewer. Anyone who knows what they are doing should be able to make these in an afternoon, but it took me three of them. Part of it is that I just like the process of sewing, so I take my time. But I also decided to bind all the seams because my fabric wanted to unravel.
I’m not sure about the topstitching around the pockets. There was supposed to be topstitching around the top and bottom of the waistband, but I decided to not do it.
I know a lot of women are not comfortable wearing shorts, especially women of my age, which is 58. I believe one should wear what she feels good in, and in the summer in the South, that means shorts for casual occasions. At 58 my legs are no longer perfect, but neither are my arms and my face, and I don’t cover them up. Well, at least not completely!
I’m in the process of reviewing a new book , which is a kind of new agey guide to finding one’s fashion look. It’s not the sort of thing that I’m usually attracted to, but the basic premise behind the book – knowing who you truly are and letting that guide your fashion choices – has a lot of merit. More to come when the book is released.