Greetings, salutations and valutitations! Or whatever they call it.
This weekend, DS the elder will graduate high school. You know what that means, don’t you? It means that, for the last, oh, 7 months or so, it’s been all about the seniors, all the time. Not that that is (always) a bad thing, but it does mean that we’ve been at Spring concerts:
and lots of other things celebrating seniors. This weekend we have the graduation party on Saturday, the graduation and dinner on Sunday. Can I just tell you? DS the freshman is feeling MIGHTY neglected. But come Sunday night at 9, I’m going to put on my jammies, pour a glass of wine, watch the season finale of Game of Thrones (while recording the Tonys to watch over breakfast on Monday), and call it a school career! He’s decided on UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College for physics. Come Monday? It’ll be alright (okay – who can name the song?)
In the meantime, I have been trying – TRYING – to sew between events and just general stuff. And I did manage to make myself a pair of shorts. How sad is it that this is such a big accomplishment? You’ll see what I mean shortly…
Pattern Description: (From McCalls website) MISSES’ SHORTS: Semi-fitted shorts have waistband, pocket variations, and mock fly zipper. A: lined. B: stitched hems (Ed. note: Really? Really???? Since when do shorts NOT have stitched hems?)
I made an unlined variation of view A.
Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12.
Fabric Used: Betsey Johnson polka dot cotton sateen from Gorgeous Fabrics (sold out, sorry).
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle, Pro-Tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Press That Bad Mamma Jamma.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Mmmm, sorta. See below
How were the instructions? Good – didn’t use them.
Construction Notes: I wanted a pair of short-shorts, and I had this pattern in my stash. The pattern as shown calls for a lace overlay. I skipped that, and just used this cotton. I laid the hem at the point where they indicated you should put the scallops of the lace, and it worked out well.
I also pulled out the pockets. Originally, I inserted them (for this view the pockets are in the side seams), but I didn’t care for them so I took them out and sewed up the side seams.
Likes/Dislikes: Cute, casual shorts. L curve!!!!
No real dislikes.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes to both. I’ll probably make the longer version (View B) in the future
Conclusion: Cute shorts. Here are views of the front and back on Shelley:
Gosh, I’m ready for real life to resume. I need a vacation bad, but none are in the cards for the near (or far) future. Sigh…
Oh well, enough of that.