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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

My Grainline Maritime Shorts..

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Another finished sewing project for you today - I know that I don't always share everything here when I finish it, but I'm quite pleased with some of my recent makes and this is a pattern which was new to me, so I fancied sharing.

Shorts have been a fairly recent (I've only really been brave enough in the past few years) thing for me. I'm not a fan of my legs and the area of my body which I hate most is my hips, thighs and bum, so it does seem weird to wear anything which would draw any attention to these hated parts. But, as I really don't wear trousers, shorts and tights can be quite useful to team with a guides t-shirt for a weekend at guide camp or away with my unit on trips, etc, so I do wear them quite often these days - my casual wardrobe, I suppose.

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I'm sure I've mentioned that I'm off to America soon on a guiding trip, for which we've been supplied with enough uniform t-shirts to wear each day, and I was having a bit of a quandary about what to wear on my legs. We've got a very heavy schedule and will be doing a lot of walking and sight-seeing, but I'm told that New York in August is a warm place to be, so shorts seemed like the natural answer. Which is where I began to struggle a little. Although I have quite a few pairs, a lot of the weights and squats I do at the gym lately mean that my body shape has changed a little and I'm kind of disproportionate, so it's getting harder to buy things off the peg and expect them to fit perfectly. Which sucks, as it's throwing my body confidence into all kinds of disarray.

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I think I spied this dinosaur print cotton twill before realising that actually, I might be able to make my own, to measure. After a little research, I was recommended the Grainline Maritime pattern and they looked to be just what I had in mind. I ordered and downloaded the pattern, and set to work figuring out how to adjust the pattern pieces so that the shorts would fit both my waist, and my hips and bum. Although I didn't create a toile of them, I tried them on at each step and had ordered two metres of fabric, which I knew would be more than I needed, in order that I could cut out a piece again if I needed to.

The pattern construction itself was very straightforward but I was very pleased to be able to refer to this tutorial when it came to inserting the zip. This is probably the most simple to follow zipper tutorial I've come across, and I hate front zips, so it really was a bit of a lifesaver.

I like the fit on the shorts now that they're done and I'm looking forward to wearing them when I'm away. I'm quite tempted to make myself another pair, but perhaps a little longer, although the length of them isn't *too* short or anything. I can never quite figure out what the most flattering length of shorts is for me, but I'd certainly recommend the pattern and am very happy with these!

6 comments:

  1. Those shorts are so cute! Well done you. New York is scorching hot in August, so shorts will be perfect. (I went in August 2011, and it was mid 30 degrees with 90%+ humidity the entire week, but it felt so much hotter. I couldn't even bare to wear cropped leggings under my dresses as it was so hot)! If you have some spare time in NYC, try to visit Serendipity 3s for a Frozzzen hot chocolate, and take a night tour bus (begins in Times Square) to see the city and the skyline lit up; it's magical. xx

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    1. Thank you - I'm pretty sure we do have tickets for the night time bus tour - yay! Will have a look online to see where Serendupity 3S is and fit it into the schedule.

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  2. These are brilliant - I'm so impressed at you for being able to make shorts! I also now covet an overlocker...

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    1. I definitely don't use my overlocker to it's full potential, but it is useful for edging things so that my makes have tidier insides.

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  3. These are amazing!! I've pinned that fabric for future reference as I'm so in love with it - not just the pattern but the cotton twill-ness of it is perfect for this shorts pattern. I've only made a couple of pairs of shorts so far but would like to make another pair soon so I can get the fit of them sorted. Great idea for wearing them with guiding uniform with tights. I also struggle to find appropriate things for that and often end up in jeans which I'm not really keen on - I often need something like shorts or trousers because of all the sitting on the floor cross legged :D And most of my shorts are really short too so not the most appropriate, so making some myself is a great idea :)

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    1. Yes, I looked at buying some new shorts because my old ones aren't the best fit any more since my shape has changed, and I noticed that they're just all *so* short, hence the decision to make my own. I needed shorts for the weather - it was SOOOOO hot. The twill worked really well and I've also just bookmarked some floral denim (which I saw someone use for a skirt on the sewing bee) for a future pair.

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