I have been in love with this pattern since the first day I saw it… no idea why searching the web last night, and searching pattern review, didn’t get me a single response. Am I alone in my love for these shorts? Well, the rest of y’all are crazy.
This is the first pair of shorts or pants I’ve ever made for myself, so I had no idea what I was doing. I graded up the pattern (which was pretty straightforward) and … here we are. A quick muslin. Fit pretty much as soon as I graded it up – I am going to have to remove some fabric from the curve of my back and replace it on the hem… but I’ll move the pleats there first to see if that fixes the issue.
I am HOPING you guys can see what I did with the pleats – the side near the zipper has been moved substantially outward. Regrettably, I carry most of my weight in my lower abdomen (aka why I wear endless A-line skirts), and I don’t have much in the hip department. This design was drafted for someone much slimmer than I. (Yes, this is super sloppy sewing. I don’t keep my neat sewing for muslins made out of my son’s old sheets).
Moving the pleat outward, at least in person, resulted in a vastly improved silhouette (I need to try this in the back too). Gives me a bit more hip and less belly.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “These don’t look like shorts” – no, they don’t. That’d be the point. 🙂 I fell in love because I *love* a pleated skirt… and one in which I can weed my busy-front-yard-garden is delightful!