Wearing History Rita Shorts: Take 1

I have a few changes I’ll be making to this pattern… but that’s fine, I needed some shorts to play and work in, not to be the belle of the ball.

First, this is actually too high-waisted a high waist for ME.  (That’s saying a lot, I love a high waist).

Second, I seriously need to do a sway-back adjustment and give myself a tad more room in the seat.

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BUT… here’s the finished product, the way I’ll actually be wearing it – and I have to say this is a whole lot nicer than anything I’m going to find in the stores.  It’s comfy, it’s modest, it’s flattering… and if it’s not perfect?  There’s always next time.


Off to the tidepools, dahlings!


17 thoughts on “Wearing History Rita Shorts: Take 1

  1. superslaviswife

    For a test run it’s very pretty. Especially the front and I like the waist. But I do think the back would need to be roomier and more streamlined. I don’t like the way it pinches. I’m no fashion expert, that’s just my 2p.

    Wish I could sew that well. 😦 Though I’m making carseat covers out of polo shirts, so I’m pretty proud of that, um, innovation?


    1. hearthie Post author

      It needs a swayback adjustment – that means I need to take about 3″ of vertical out of the waist (those wrinkles) and move that room to the seat, where it’s oddly tight.

      Tested out well though. 🙂

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      1. hearthie Post author

        Yes. 🙂 Bodyforms are minimally useful IME, she’s more useful to stand back and stare thoughtfully at the proportions. No matter how I pad her, she’s not EXACTLY like me.

        So usually I just adjust the tissue pattern as I can, then make a muslin, then adjust further. This year I’m meaning to make a perfect basic pattern from my own body, which I can then work out from… but it’s a laborious process and I’ve not gotten there yet. I made one for the husband.

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      2. hearthie Post author

        Sure. McCalls, Butterick and Vogue all have sloper patterns, which are the ugliest things in the world (but they’re not meant to be pretty) and they have instructions included for making your own sloper (that’s what the thing is called). I made my first version using just one of those patterns and following the instructions. http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1004-products-3938.php (They’re all the same). (The gingham is for alignment – ideally you want vertical seams, not seams off the true).

        I’ll be talking about my process when I start it. I’m going to start with that pattern, but will be using a new fitting book/video on Craftsy to help me fit it like a glove. I like her thinking, it’s more grid-based than the traditional fitting, and since I have fitting issues through the roof, I think it will be more helpful. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/create-the-perfect-fit-joi-mahon/1118047188?ean=9781440239618

        As for what you can make once you have a basic pattern, check this out: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Dress-Patterns/dp/0486452549/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424185840&sr=1-1&keywords=make+your+own+dress+patterns
        (I put up the commercial links so hopefully you can see what’s inside).

        I’ll probably be tackling the sloper next month if you want to wait a tad. Go get drooly in Margolis’ book if you want to start. 🙂

        Jammies for the boy to make and a dress for myself first.

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