Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scallop fever #2: Scalloped hem shorts

I'm really neglecting my blog, but at least I'm back with something I love. Meet the first pair of pants I've ever made!
I found the pattern for these shorts a while ago and I finally took the time to sew them.
Shorts are really in fashion this summer but I never wear them because I hate my thighs, but the design of these little shorts really won me over. I'm still self conscious of my thighs, but I almost forget it when I wear them.

 The pattern is from Pattern Runway and Sarah, the owner of this lovely shop, has agreed to answer to some questions for my blog, so stay tuned if you want to know more.
I was very excited to try a pattern from an indipendent company and I must say I loved it! It was very simple to assemble, the instructions were great and I loved the construction methods, especially the welt pockets. I also really liked that the seam allowance is just 1 cm, so that you can avoid a lot of bulk.
The fit is good: I used size M for the waist and upsized to L for the hips. I still had to add two little darts to the waistband, but that's an adjustment I always have to make. My hips and bum are quite difficult to fit, and that's also the reason why I had never made pants before. There is still some pulling and creasing (the cheap fabric I used doesn't help), but I'm satisfied. I especially like to wear them with a long top that elongates my torso a little bit.
I leave you with some photos of the details, which I'm sure will be appreciated by the construction freaks (I know I'm not the only one). Feel free to ask any question below, if you have one!


  1. Really cute! I'm a short-a-phobe myself, but it's so hot that I'm tempted to try a pair. These really look great-- not too short, but super feminine!

  2. @gingermakes
    I did lenghten them 3 cm, I forgot to write it. You can always add more lenght, if you like the design.

  3. So cute! I want to say your thighs are beautiful because they look like mine.

  4. These shorts look perfect on you Anna! I think they have the perfect length for you. I know what you are talking about not liking your thighs. It is the same for me. That is why I mainly wear tights under my shorts. :) In that way I feel more comfortable.
    I am really looking forward to the interview. Wishing you a lovely weekend Anna!!!

  5. @nette
    Me too, in the winter I feel confortable wearing very short skirts if I have tights underneath, but summer means too much exposure!
    The interview will be up in a few hours!

  6. I have been eyeing all of PR's patterns. It is nice to see them sewn up. They turned out super chic.