Yep, those are my legs and they are clad in a pair of shorts made by me!
So obviously for those in the Northern hemisphere suffering from snow/blizzards/rain/frost/cold (delete as applicable) we are in the summer here and we’ve had some amazing days. It’s been exceedingly dry and we’ve had a few fires. Even in Wellington we’ve had temperatures in the mid-20s (and feeling higher with humidity). So I made some shorts.
Just after Christmas, we were looking forward to going away for a few days to Hawke’s Bay. Now this part of the country often experiences temperatures of the high 20s and into the 30s, so shorts were the answer for a relaxing break!
The pattern is the Katy & Laney Tap Shorts pattern. I had some fabric left over from a shirt I made Mr N for Christmas. Perfect amount left for a pair of shorts! OK, which view to make?
I decided to make front view A with back view 2, so that’s the piped front with the back with welt pockets. I need pockets in shorts! In all my 30-odd years of sewing, I’d never added piping to a seam or made a welt pocket and I decide to add these to a pair of shorts I want made quickly… 🙂
Thinking back to my muslin-ed trousers a couple of years ago, I start to get a bit apprehensive, but I had to go for it. I cut a straight size 12, just lengthening by an inch and I’m so pleased with the fit! It’s like they were made for me 😉
The welt pockets went in like a dream, the instructions for these are so clear. Honestly if you really don’t know how to make these, do not panic, these single welts are so simple. I think it probably helped with the great cotton fabric I had to use, which pressed beautifully. I lined them with just a really fine cotton.
The piping as well, instructions aren’t really needed on inserting piping in a seam, but it is so easy! Why have a never used piping before? Yep, I feel like piping all the things! So I piped the front seams and also the waistband and I made it myself, none of this shop bought stuff for me! Piping the waistband looks great, but I rarely wear tops tucked in, so you can’t see it. It also has meant that my zip doesn’t do up very well, as I obviously didn’t trim off the piping before the seam as I thought I had. I’m not sure if that has contributed to the fact that the zip has also broken… Yep, I need to take out my lovely invisible zip and put in a new one. 😦 And I was so pleased with how well it went in…
The instructions for making up the shorts were clear and easy to follow. I really enjoyed making them.
Fabric: Grey and white fine striped cotton fabric, I don’t honestly remember where I got it from! It’s left over from a shirt I made Mr N (not blogged). A fine white cotton to line the pockets and make the piping.
Notions: Thread, piping cord, interfacing and an invisible zip (which has since broken!)
Pattern: Katy & Laney Tap Shorts, front view A, back view 2, size 12.
Changes made: All I did was to lengthen it by an inch.
Another one/recommendations: Well the fit of these for me is fantastic and I’m tempted to make another pair – not that I wear shorts much, but, they are handy to have! Is there anyway I can lengthen these to make a pair of trousers? I love them – what, I must be drunk – I love a pair of shorts!
First worn: I first wore these on holiday up in the Hawke’s Bay. It was a hot sunny day and we went wine tasting 🙂 The came out again when we went to Cape Kidnappers to the gannet colony. I’ve worn them for walking up on the hill behind our house. Yep, I need to get that zip fixed ASAP!