Howdy peeples, I am delighted to exit a UFO & finally finish it. Yep, these scalloped shorts noted aeons ago have sat unloved & ripped up waiting for some alterations.
Whereas previously I’d made a different view (A) with back zip & neat little waistband, this version called for a yoke and side zip (view C) , which I have concluded is a right pain to get the fitting right, particularly if you adorn said yoke with rick rack like piping.
It had been lingering for ages after inordinate amounts of crotch alterations, only to realise that it was the waistband that really needed to be taken in. Like this much:
Gah! I just couldn’t face it. For ages. It sat in my basket eyeballing me everytime I went looking for self cover buttons or the spare tape measure. I had to unpick the yoke, the rick rack & the invisible zip. I had to then do it all over again including lining up the invisible zipper with each side of the yoke- got there in the end though. You can take my word for getting the zip right as I’m going to show bits that weren’t perfect. First a successful scalloped edge (inside leg seams, typical)
Thankfully I grabbed a few hours on Sunday morning to get this to a stage to make it my Andy Murray sewing – I’d managed to leave myself the last step, attaching the facing by hand whilst watching the first exciting set.
Just being coaxed to show you that they do fit -although culottes are funny – according to Pants for Real People (p12 – I have not progressed very far) crotch ease for culottes is bigger- 1 1/2″- I am not sure I fitted mine out (when you look behind you can see it might be less than that!)
This is what you can do when you wear shorts/ culottes/ whatever. They reminded me that I’d made a wonderful pair in the late 80s, a vogue pattern (a Very Easy Very Vogue one) it came with a skirt, culottes & a top with stand collar & central box pleat & back buttons. I’d made all of it in different guises & the culottes were THE perfect girly shorts pattern that very much looked like a skirt – with pockets. I looked on Etsy & Ebay but haven’t tracked it down – anyone know which one I am referring to? Here’s my sketch
WHY did I get rid of it? I would love to have it still ….it was also the pattern I used to make my “ball gown” only it was separates made out of dark green shot taffeta (not culottes, silly, that would be too 70s for a teenager in the 80s!). I still have this green outfit. I made the skirt a longer length with a split up the back that was reinforced numerous times after many a drunken student fling around various dance floors. If anyone knows of this pattern please could you leave me some information – even a pattern no. would be good then I could try to track it down …
These shorts need pockets, side seam pockets, but I don’t think there’s enough room in them. In my dreams my next pair will try to recreate that Vogue pattern I once had….a moderately (but not too balloon-like) swishy “divided skirt”, small front pleats (I think) back darts, side seam pockets, back zip & fabric with drape….
In the meantime they could well be great lounge wear (worn with the appropriate footwear) …