Time to catch up on more makes I didn’t get blogged. Here are a few shorts I’ve made over the years (all the way back to 2014!) that I didn’t have the time to get blogged before.
Pattern: Prefontaine Shorts by “That Moxie Girl”
Date made: waaaaay back in 2014! Mar 19, 2014
My measurements in 2014 were 37-29-44
Size and Alterations made: I cut a straight 14 with no alterations
Fabric: Floral Cotton Woven, just a regular quilting type cotton fabric. This cotton was a little bit lighter weight than a heavy quilting cotton.
Thoughts: I see that this pattern is still being sold on her etsy store. At the time I thought they were a bit big on me. But me in 2022 would totally wear these. I love the binding detail on them and I think they are really cute shorts. I no longer have them because my size has changed so much over the years. But I would totally make another pair of these. Plus these are made from woven fabric and I rarely use woven and have so few woven patterns to use up the fabric in my stash.
Pattern: Jalie 2445
Date made: 06/26/2016
My Measurements in 2016 and 2017: Waist 30, Hip 45
Size made: X with a ton of alterations.
Alterations made: On the backs I took 5/8” off the outer waist and 1/4” at center waist. I added 1/2” to the outer hip but took away 1/2” on the butt scoop. I then added 2.5” to the hem.
To the fronts I did the same on the waist, but for the hip I added 1/4” to outer and took in 1/4” on inner crotch scoop. I also added 1/2” to the front thigh. My notes say I added 1” total to thigh, 0 total to hip, and removed 1.75” from total waist. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Let’s get a visual drawing for that. (yes, I’m slightly crazy sometimes with trying alterations).
(Not the actual pattern below, just a generic drawing of shorts fronts and backs).
My size has changed so much and they are just too tight on me now (pic above from 2021). I made the black pair 01/28/2017
Fabric: Random French terry scraps I had laying around from other projects. Hot Pink French terry, and also black French terry
Thoughts: I keep trying with this pattern to get it right. I want to get it right. I love the look of the pattern. The pink pair fit pretty good, but my size has changed, I got paint on them, and I no longer know where they even ended up. The black pair I think is in my “too small” bin. So I can’t even wear them. They are just too tight for me now. I have tried this pattern so many times my eyes have crossed and I had to walk away. I am on muslin #8 for the full pants, besides making these 5 other times as shorts. Someday…….. someday I’ll get it worked out.
Pattern: Stitch Upon A Time (SUAT) Women’s Boxerwear
Date made: 07/21/2018
My Measurements in 2018 were: Bust 36, Waist 29, Hip 43 (I had lost quite a bit of weight at this time).
Size and Alterations made: I cut a size Large on these with a medium waistband.
Fabric: Aqua Cotton Lycra purchased from Purpleseamstress on August 02, 2017 for $6.50 a yard. These don’t even use a yard.
Thoughts: Well as you can see they are too tight for me here. I needed to size up. I love the fabric, I like the pattern. I’ve made another pair before that fit and I wore them quite often, until my size changed and now they don’t fit either. I love the reverse coverstitching I took the time to do on this pair. I will definitely be making myself more of these. This pattern is so comfortable to lay around the house in or wear under dresses so my thighs do not rub.
Pattern: P4P Palazzos
Date made: 03/31/2019 Floral Pink and Blue and 07/08/2017 Black Heathered Stripe
My measurements in 2019: 39 bust, 31.5 waist, 46 hip
My Measurements in 2017: Waist 30, Hip 45
Size and Alterations made: Size L at the waist to XL hips down. I also scooped out 1/2” from the back butt curve
Fabric: The ITY Floral blue and pink (made in march 2019) is “Watercolor Floral Print ITY” from FabricMart, purchased July 2015, $4.50/yard. I used scraps from my wrap dress made in Sept 2015. I absolutely love this fabric and will hoard my last bits and scraps as long as I can! (made in july 2017) black fabric is a scrap from the failed mcccalls nightgown from June 2017. It is a space dye knit with no real stretch, though it was listed as having ample stretch. Its soft and flowy. Black/Grey Slubbed Jersey Knit 95% rayon 5% lycra. I purchased it from FashionFabricsclub in Aug 2016 for $3.95/yard. It is just bad fabric, plain and simple. 2 makes both a fail….. bad fabric.
Thoughts: The floral ity ones were my favorite shorts pattern until the M4M Mila came along. Now I have a love affair with that pattern; but these palazzos still hold a place in my heart and I still wear my floral ones often This pattern turns out shorts that are super comfy to wear and super fast to make. Sometimes I can fit the pattern pieces onto scraps of fabric leftover from other patterns, win – win! Its a stellar pattern.