This is my first attempt at shorts, or even pants for that matter. I made them using a lovely turquoise cotton from EmmaOneSock. It's a textured fabric of a medium weight.
My biggest gripe with this pattern is that the waistband sits too high for me. It sits a fraction above the belly button which feels all a bit odd, frumpy, nanna-ry, dumpy and a tad daggy. I've always preferred to wear my pants below my belly button, as do most women of my generation. I wore them to work today and felt a bit self-conscious. I know that if I'm going to get lots of wear out of them, I'm going to have to remove the waistband and back pockets, re-do the zip and lower the waistband. I'm trying to decide whether this is worth it or not...or am I better off giving them to my mother? After all, apart from the height, they're great! They're been well made and the fabric is lovely.
- back view -
Unfortunately, this particular fabric gives the illusion of the pants being too tight across the buttocks, which is not actually the case. The fit is actually good. Within half an hour of ironing, the fabric ridges up. In fact, when I was making the shorts, each panel decreased by approximately 1 inch across when lying flat. Consequently, the legs suck in, while the fabric across the butt, looks like it's pulled tight. This isn't really concerning me. I mean, how can I let a little thing like that worry me when my pants are sitting so damn high!
I used scraps from the lining of my winter coat to line the waistband and the pockets. It's a Japanese lawn and it is so pretty.
This racerback tank is actually a refashion of a shell top I'd sewn previously using Simplicity 2599. I always felt that the original top was a bit of a dud. I think it was the back view in particular that I disliked. It just made me look ridiculously broad across the shoulders. Almost reminiscent of those female Olympic Chinese swimmers that were all over the news many, many years ago. Do you remember? Seems like such a long time ago, but the image still sticks.
Old back view
Anyway, Chinese swimmers aside, racerback tanks seem to be all the rage at the moment and I've become quite fond of them. I actually have another one almost finished made from a lovely silk. I think this style of top is a more flattering shape for broad shoulders.
New back view
I used Grainline's Tiny Pocket Tank for the shape of the armholes and neckline. I then used a RTW exercise top to get the shape of the racerback. Once I cut the new neckline I ended up with a few gaping issues around the front. To alleviate this problem I added a row of gathers at the base of the neckline at the CF. I finished the armholes and neckline uses ready-made bias-binding using this fabulous technique.
I sewed up the opening at the CB and removed the back darts. I didn't adjust the sideseams, front darts or hemline which made for a really quick project. Very satisifying.
I'm so much happier with this version of my Liberty top. I think overall, it's a much younger style than the original and much more flattering to my shape. I also like the fact it's a bit more casual. I'm confident I'll get a lot more wear out of it now. Now if I could only decide what to do about those bloomin' high-waisted shorts.