Saturday, 15 February 2014

Grainline Maritime Shorts #2

This time I decided to use Jen's fly front zipper tutorial. When I'm working to a deadline, learning new techniques are harder. I don't absorb anything. This time I wasn't working to a deadline and I decided to follow Jen's instructions and learn a new technique. New year = new technique.
Jen's fly front zipper method results in a dead straight result from top to bottom. I like it. I'll use Jen's technique again. The tutorial on Jen's website is the same as the instructions in the pattern. The difference is the online tute has real photos of the fabric pieces instead of the illustrations used in the pattern. This was what made me more confident that I was following her instructions correctly. Check twice then sew helps me a lot:)
While I was working on this black pair, I had the rare opportunity to attend a Coverstitch workshop run by Michelle from Babylock Australia. Let me tell you, once I got home I just couldn't wait to try using what I'd learnt at this workshop on something. Anything. These shorts were it! So this black pair has 2 needle coverstitching on the back pockets, the front pockets, the belt loops and on the fly front.
I've used left over fabric from the play suit for the pockets.
Then I used the 3 thread finish for the hem. I could have used the down feller for the hem but the excitement to sew these up took over. 


I bought my Coverstitch attachments from Sharp Sewing Supplies. I now know how to use the attachment. Sharp Sewing Supplies had all the attachments I needed for my Coverstitch machine and their service was fast and friendly.

These shorts were a great practice for attaching rivets on the pockets and working with a jeans button. They were made in the sewing room and in the garage. DH is used to my working in the garage from time to time.
Black goes with anything.
Can you tell I'm gearing up to make jeans or cargo pants? I have the hardware to make either.

14 comments:

Dorothy DotDot said...

Very cute!

Lori said...

Super cute and how fun to use your new coverstitch knowledge. These look great on you.

Lena Merrin said...

Love the groovy lizzard print! :)

Cherrypix said...

Cool use of Coverstitching! These look very pro!.

KellysUp to Something said...

Great fit, those shorts are very flattering on you. I have the pattern, but have not tried it yet. I may just have to move them up in my queue.

Sandra said...

What great shorts, I love the back pocket detail, I think I will have to use that on my next pair of jeans.

Sharon said...

Great shorts and a great way to use the new Coverstitch lessons, I just need to find my project.

Jean said...

So awesome! I love the pocket details. I'll have to check out the fly front tutorial. I've been using Sandra Betzina's technique, which has worked well for me, but I'm open to learning new ones!

Shelly said...

Another great pair of shorts. I love how you used the coverstitch as a design detail, I think I should use mine for more than just hemming :) Now that's an idea! Hehe.

Kristy said...

You look great in these shorts Maria.

Margo B said...

I must get this pattern! Your shorts look great. Thanks for the link to this tute, I'll have to bookmark it for next time I sew a fly zip.

Jenny said...

How perfect is the coverstitch for your topstitching?! It looks great & makes for a very professional-looking pair of shorts :)

Joy said...

Yay, excellent shorts! They look great on you!

Gail said...

You sure do have the hardware. Saturday was nice wasn't it?

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