If you follow me on Instagram or here on my blog, you know I have been tireless in my pursuit of well fitting bottoms. As a pear shape, it has been super hard and sometimes very frustrating to get any bottoms to fit me. With a difference of 14 inches between my waist and hips, it has been exhausting. I put in so much work researching fitting issues, adjustments, how to fix wrinkles over the years. At times I would actually cry and want to give up on sewing as I felt like it was hopeless; but I always came back and it would surprise you how much I have researched on the issue. My family jokes that all I do is stare at crotches and butts! Back to these shorts; I am happy to say, they fit amazing! They are the best fitting shorts I have ever made to date.
Pattern: Ottobre 02/2017 #5 Summer Safari Shorts
Date Sewn: I tissue fit these first back in May or June 2018, then I started sewing them June 21, 2018. After setting them aside for a year, I worked on them again in Jan 10, 2019. And I finally, finally finished them 2 years later on July 14, 2020.
My measurements at the time: when I started my waist was 31 and hip 45, now my measurements are 32 waist, 45.5 hip.
(forgot to iron the front here, oops).
Size used: 42 waist to 46 hip
Instructions: typical Ottobre where you only have words. I find if I go very slow, line for line and reread before sewing I do ok. I had no issues with these shorts – everything was explained well.
Alterations: on the back I scooped a good 3/4”. I also added 1/2” from hip to hem. On the front I added 1 1/8” to the front crotch extension at the inner thigh tapering to 1/2” at the bottom of the front inner thigh. I changed the pockets to be general open top pockets instead of the flap ones the pattern had. Initially I had put on pockets that were just too small and they looked funny; so I added larger pockets.
(here is a tiny pocket shot)
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Fabric, Malibu, Fabric I purchased from Amazon.com in March 2018 for $8/yard. It is 45% cotton, 55% linen. I used 2 yards for a total of $16. This fabric is awesome. It is soft, yet has linen properties. The color is awesome. I went back and bought 3 other colors they had.
Thoughts: First, I must say, this is a stellar issue. I have made 6 things from it so far, and I still have 6 more things I want to make from it! That has got to be a record for the most makes in an issue for me of any of my sewing magazines. Secondly, I love love love these shorts! They are so awesome! I love the fit, I love the color, I love the fabric. If I had to change anything it would be to lower the front rise by like 3 inches because I can’t stand things up by my stomach. other than that I wouldn’t change a thing! They are close to perfection!
Other makes from this issue:
- Ottobre 02/2017 #11 – Tee Shirt Dress (I still wear this a lot)
- Ottobre 02/2017 #2 “All Day Long” Rayon Jersey Top
- Ottobre 02/2017 #8 Hide Away Hoodie (I still wear this often too!)
- Ottobre 02/2017 #9 Stream Leggings
- Ottobre 02/2017 #14 Wide Leg Pj Pants – sewn, waiting on top
- Ottobre 02/2017 #13 Swing pj top – cut, not sewn yet
Yet to sew from this issue:
- #1 statement tee
- #3 loungewear pants
- #4 sunny side of the road jersey dress
- #7 Basic concept linen coat – coming soon actually!
- #10 Casual Friday Shirtdress – also coming soon!
- #11 Painted T-shirt dress – I need a second one!
Thanks for reading!