Friday, June 27, 2014


I made my kid a pair of shorts! I talk about it more on the Pink Castle blog today, and how I'm head over heels in love with oxford fabric.

The only thing I left out of that post was any discussion of the pattern I used, because it's hard to explain. It's a hybrid. It's Simplicity 1454, view F, with the rise dropped 1.5" and 2" added to the legs, with the pockets of a made to measure skirt and a full separate piece for the casing for the elastic waistband (the pattern calls for a folded over one with 1/2" elastic, but also calls for a lighter weight of fabric, so I went with 3/4" elastic and a full separate casing, because I've done those before and they make sense to me.)

My kid seems to like it (them?), and I'll probably make more. I owe the confidence to alter patterns to having read books such as Cal Patch's book on pattern drafting Design-It-Yourself-Clothes, and Wendy Mullin's Sew U. And I made a muslin! Very important in cases where you can't tell from the pattern what the fit will be like.

I still have a small stash of oxford, including a 2 yard cut that I was intending for a skirt, but now that I found this pattern at the thrift store, I have my eye on view F:

How fun would that be! I'd better get started on that muslin, eh?

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