Summer has hit with a vengeance. I took these photos on Saturday morning – and I don’t think the temp dipped below mid 30’s (90 F) at my house all friday night. Hot Hot Hot! So it’s definitely time for some more summer sewing. I’ve had a pair of Tigerlily shorts on summer wardrobe rotation for the last 5 years – I loved them that much. And if I recall correctly, I originally bought them on eBay for $5 – quite possibly the best wear value for money a garment’s ever had in my wardrobe. Problem is, when I bought them I was about 16, maybe 17 kilo’s (that’s 37 pounds for the American’s here) heavier than I am now (long story), and I’d been getting around in them ever since with a safety pin cinching in the waistband.
Sheepish? Just a tad.
So I was beyond stoked when at the Melbourne Sewists Meetup back in August, I came across a fabric almost identical to that from which the Tigerlily shorts were made – a gorgeously thick, textured and thickly woven white cotton. I would show you a picture of the originals, but something exploded in my suitcase when visiting the fam up north and my beloved shorts took the fallout. (That something was a delicious curry made from scratch by me, so there was never any hope. As a result, they are not deemed fit for public visual consumption. I have no idea what posessed me to put curry in my carryon, of all things.)
I took to the originals with my seam ripper, traced out the pieces to make a toile and ‘re-fitted’ them, adjusted my newly traced pattern then got to work sewing these up! About a third of the way through sewing them, I realised that fabric I bought was actually a stretch woven. I’m a little embarassed it took me that long to realise! It caused some headaches, as well as the stretched out look on the waistband due to having to pull the bulk through my machine. Sigh.
I recycled the buttons and zipper from the original pair (both untouched by curry), and used some leftover fabric from my Technicolour Dream Skirt to make bias binding for the trim (on the originals the trim was blue and yellow) and found some white cotton voile from the scrap stash for the pocket bags. I’m still gutted I didn’t buy more of that digitally printed cotton… But I’m pleased this is yet another creation that only required a thread purchase to make – a win for the fabric stash!
With all the gathers at the pockets and the cutouts at the sides, the front pattern piece did look a little awkward when flattened out, but the pocket bags were ungathered and so acted as the template for how much gathering was required.
Interestingly, the waistband was cut on the straight (a low-wastage commercial cutting ‘strategy’) then shaped with a dart at the centreback, made to look as though it was a part of the flat felled centreback seam. There was two fake single welt pockets at the back which I copied also – I decided to keep the fake factor as A) I never used those pockets anyway and B) they’ll never sag this way. I also loved how the pocket bags stretch across and connect at the fly – this stops the pocket bag from peeping out.
Speaking of fly’s, I’m getting more confident with them now – this was the first time I didn’t sew the whole thing together by accident at least once – woohoo!
Looks like I’m set for the next 5 summers. Now I have a hankering for curry…
02:25 Pattern Preparation (seam-ripping/tracing)
05:40 Toile (cutting/sewing/fitting)
01:40 Fabric Preparation (cutting/interfacing etc)
Fabric Utilisation = 1.2m
Stash total now = 81.4m (Goal = 50m)
These are so cute! Great job! You're so bold to rub off a pattern with that much detail! Very cool!
Totally impressed!! How did you get the waistband looking so professional ie no bulk in the seams. This is something I'm trying to eliminate – bulk. Love your shorts. The curry – I probably would have done the same – sounds like the curry was too good to leave behind. Also love a good curry!!
Brilliant shorts! The fit you perfectly…is there another pair in the pipeline???
They look great, love the bias trim and the gathers and your welt pockets are gorgeous (faux or not!)
Thanks! It's pretty easy when you get to cut the original up though :)
How did you know? There is – I have enough fabric left over for another pair – but with a different colour trim, methinks. Easier to mix'n'match the wardrobe that way!
Hi Evelyn – thanks! I did trim back the seam allowances, but unevenly so they finish at a different level. Otherwise, take your clapper (I used a mallet) and beat it out – actually makes quite a different. Oh, and plenty of pressing too!! The curry WAS pretty yum :)
Thanks Suzy :) I'm loving them too!
Really cute, great job copying the pattern! I love the keyhole detail on the side.
Great shorts – very well made.
Seriously gorgeous. The gathering details and cutout look so good. I wish I could wear shorts- I would be begging you for the pattern if I did. And the finish is so well done. An all round 'wow' real from me. (plus I used be 18kg heavier too preblog days so well done on that front as well)
You've done a great job as these look gorgeous on you and you've sewn them beautifully!
I love that cutout and all the gathering. I, too, am really impressed you took on such a complicated pattern to copy! They look great!
I wish it were shorts weather up here in the north! Darling shorts!
These are great-so well made! I've had a pattern traced off from my fav. pair of shorts for over a year now-never found the right denim to sew 'em up with – they're made from a super light summer denim and have really broken in through the years.. *sigh* maybe I should just make 'em up in cotton twill or something.
These look amazing! The cutout detail is really nice. (And I empathize on the curry explosion, I'm always optimistically mixing food with clothes in my bag… with mixed results!)
wowsers they look so well finished. Well done!
Great shorts! I really like the bias binding on the pockets and sides too. You should definitely make up some more.
They're a very impressive pair of shorts – the tie detail on the side and the touch of colour on the pockets really kick them up a notch. They'll be perfect for all this heat we're having at the moment.
These are really cute shorts, great job copying the currified pair!
Great shorts! Nice zip, fabric, button recycling too!
curry in your suitcase? oh jeeze… that stuff stains everything it touches! but hey, you got a new pair of great fitting shorts out of the deal so i guess it's a win! these are so cute! i love all the gathered details.
These are so cute! Very well done :)
Super cute! These look fab on and perfect for summer. Hope all is well Melbourne way- it is ridiculous up in the Berra with this heat.
Love the shorts Mel and the story about the curry. Classic. xo
You always do SUCH an AWESOME job with your finishing. (going green with envy right now)
That is so cool! I always admire your skills. And I definitely laughed about your curry comments.. Note to self… no curry in carry-on. Got it, lol!
Adorable and so flattering. I want some!
Really cute x
They look amazing!!
Your shorts are absolutely gorgeous!! Super cute on you, and well done on creating your own pattern out of the old pair :)
Your shorts are fab!!! Glad I read this blog too. I think I like the fake welt pockets better. Its easier too!! I'm going for this idea for sure. Thanks for this tute!
Your shorts are lovely. I particularly like the piped effect.
I meant to say bound effect!
I'd be happy to pass it on to you if you feel like being brave :P Thanks heaps!
Thanks a million! I'm totally loving them :)
Thanks Liza, but I'd have to say they look a lot more complicated than they really are. And when you take something apart so they're all flat, it's pretty easy :P
Thanks Foster!! You'll have your time soon enough :P
I still have the denim for you, you know :) Thanks TJ!
haha.. nice to know I'm not the only one!! Thank you :)
Thanks Ms Bobbin!
I will. And I have. They're only about half way made yet though. With different coloured binding so I'll always have something to match!
They have been a wonderful wardrobe addition – now we just need a little bit more hot weather! Thanks Robyn :)
Thanks Andrea! :D
Cheers Zo!!! :)
Thanks Vicki! :)
You're telling me! But I'm not complaining now :) Thanks heaps Lisa!
Thanks Jennifer! :)
Are you guys getting the bucketloads of rain everywhere up north is getting too, or has the berra managed to escape that? Thanks Amanda!
Thanks Liz!!! Every cloud has a silver lining, eh?
oh thank you Lizzy!! :)
Great! I would hate to hear of another curry-in-your-carryon victim. Not fun at all. Unless you can sew up another pair of shorts to cover for the loss ;)
Thanks Megan! I can send you the 'pattern' if you like? :)
Thanks Rachel!! :)
naw, thankyou Rachel! :)
Thanks Carolyn :) I'm loving them!
So glad I could help out! The fake factor is pretty fabulous :)
hehe, I knew what you meant, anyway :P Thankyou!