I have the perfect fabric and the perfect pattern and perfect weather. For a whole 2 days that is… Typical!
I was determined to make them anyway even though they’re destined to be holiday-only shorts. It’s just not warm enough most of the time to wear them here!
The fabric I found was a 75p remnant piece of a stretch cotton sateen (or what feels like cotton anyway) in this gorgeous bright blue with a tropical floral and bird print. I loved it at first sight! But there was only about 1m or just under that there so it was a choice between a mini skirt or a pair of shorts.
Seeing as how I’d just picked up this Vogue pattern 9008 in my latest pattern haul, it seemed like shorts were the way to go!
I opted for view D which has the pleats on the front with a back yoke. I had to make the shortest version firstly to keep them in proportion with my short legs and secondly to actually fit it on the fabric!
By the way, has anyone used Vogue patterns before and just found it gives you a huge punch to your self esteem? The sizing is small! I ended up cutting a 14 which was the largest in the pattern pack I got. I couldn’t believe it! I’ve never felt that fat before! I normally cut a 10 or 12 for other patterns – typically middle of the road – but not to Vogue apparently. Anyway, rant over.
Back to the pattern and the making up!
It’s as easy an any shorts pattern to be honest. It does use a fly zip and the instructions are pretty clear with that. The only bit of the instructions which totally went over my head was to do with the carriers (or belt loops in my world). I still don’t understand what exactly they wanted me to do… I ended up just omitting them. I figured I’ll just topstitch them at some point!
In hindsight I probably could have made a 12. I feel like the vogue size chart to the actual pattern has a big discrepancy. Too much ease maybe? Anyway, though my measurements should’ve fitted the 14, the shorts were definitely on the big side. Something to note in future!