Thursday, 6 February 2014

Grainline Maritime shorts #1

It's still summer and it's about time I made these shorts. Everyone else who's made them, loves them, lives in them until they make their second pair. Then continues to live in these shorts.
It's true. Google Grainline Maritime shorts and see the great makes. Lizzy is a shorts Wiz including her 3 pairs of Maritime shorts.

A bit of leftover mustard drill from last year's mustard skinny jeans and some soft printed gauze gratefully received from the generous Gabrielle of Upsewlate were my first pair of Maritime short. Have you see her Mini Moss skirt? It's really cool

The fly front zipper method is where most sewers have decided to look elsewhere for their instructions and I used to go to Sandra Betzina's video tute. The zipper construction is done with the pieces flat. 
This was my first sway back attempt. But I redid the sway back  adjustment.
I changed the construction so I could sew the fly front zipper in with the front pieces laying kinda flat. 

1, Make the front pockets as per Jen's instructions. 
2, Sew the front centre seam together to the zipper point. 
3, Sew in the fly front zipper.
I followed all of Jen's construction details. Lizzy changed the construction a bit to get the fit right.
Here's the second sway back attempt and the centre back excess is marked. 
The back of the first pair were a teeny bit too low at centre back so I did my usual sway back adjustment on the pattern and saved this first version by adding a jeans style back yoke piece.
After wearing them, the centre back piece worked and they were comfy for wear. I have a few RTW cargoes that are now 2 sizes too big and I promised myself to wear clothes that fit. Even casual weekend clothes that fit.
The mustard colour drill does nothing for my skin tone so let's forget this test pair exists. This pair has now been published on the Monthly Stitch collective for February's challenge.

A second pair (the real pair) is the next post...



By the way, Seamstress Erin pointed me to a site about 'Real body' tracing. While I'm not brave to take part in this initiative, I am happy to adjust patterns to fit my shape in all its iterations and share that knowledge here.

6 comments:

Lori said...

Those shorts look great, I bet you make many more pair. I am with your about wearing clothes that fit. My daughters are always getting on to me about wearing things too big or baggy. I am trying to do better.

BeaJay said...

Great shorts Maria. Wonderful for summer. Looks great on you.

Sarah Liz said...

These shorts do sit nicely on you - they look so cute. The yellow kind of works with the top - and so far down from your face, I think you can get away with them until the next pair :)

Gail said...

Rocking good shorts. Love the yellow too. I've decided (after Italy) that yellow and very pale blue are the new neutrals.

Sue said...

Great looking shorts - looks like the pattern is a winner.

Siri said...

What a great pair of shorts! Thank you for making me aware of this pattern :)I haven't thought of making shorts as a trouser practise. That's a win-win in my book! I might have to give it a go. Ah...I long for summer!

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