Red Stripes Prefontaine shorts + Perfect Pattern Parcel #3

Size: L
Alterations: lengthened back crotch 2cm to accommodate my big derriere
Fabric: a scrap of beautiful African cotton from my mum's stash

I said many-a-times I don't like to wear shorts because I have a bit of a complex towards my thighs, but I said FUCK IT!
I'm transitioning to vegetarianism, so I lost some weight; I started running, so my thighs looks sliiiiightly more muscular; and most of all, it's SO freakin' hot right here, I need to let my legs breath. 
It does help I also came across this super cute pattern.
These shorts are incredibly quick to sew (under 2 hours for me), they feature cute contrast trim, they're not too short (the inseam is 3"), and they're very comfortable. 
I wouldn't wear them to an event or somewhere with a lot of people, but they're perfect for quick errands, walking Dora, lounging around or even as PJs! (In fact, the design is similar to the shorts of Grainline's Lakeside Pjs, but I actually like the fit of these shorts better). I really want to make another pair!

But the best part of this pattern, it's that it is part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3Do you know this program?
For a two week period, select designers offer up their patterns and you get to not only decide how much you want to pay for the set, but also how you want to split it between the designers, a charity supporting children’s education, and Perfect Pattern Parcel. You can read more about them and what they do here (but hurry up, because the time's almost over!).

Pattern Parcel #3
Here are all of the patterns offered in the current Pattern Parcel:
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files

Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio

Bonus PatternPrefontaine Shorts by Made with Moxie (only offered if you choose to pay $28 or more)

And here's the rest of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 blog tour:

Friday, May 30: Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin
Wednesday, June 4: Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||
Thursday, June 5: verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon
Monday, June 9: Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard
Wednesday, June 11: Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery
Thursday, June 12: la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida
Friday, June 13: Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

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Taglia: L
Modifiche: ho allungato l'inforcatura posteriore di 2cm per fare spazio per il mio sedere "importante"
Tessuto: un pezzetto di bellissimo cotone africano dalla collezione di mia madre

Ho detto un sacco di volte che detesto portare i pantaloncini corti perché sono un po' complessata nei confronti delle mie cosce, ma stavolta ho detto basta!
Sto diventando vegetariana, perciò ho perso un po' di peso; ho ricominciato a correre, perciò si comincia a vedere qualche piiiiccolo muscoletto delle cosce; e infine, fa troppo caldo per coprire le gambe!
Sicuramente, mi ha molto aiutato l'aver trovato un modello di shorts davvero carino.
Questi pantaloncini sono velocissimi da cucire (meno di due ore, per me), hanno un bordino a contrasto molto carino e non sono troppo corti (l'interno gamba misura 7,5cm). In più sono davvero comodi!
Magari non li metterei per un'occasione elegante o davanti a troppa gente, ma per delle commissioni veloci, per portare a spasso Dora, girare per casa, o addirittura come pigiama, sono perfetti! (assomigliano al pantoloncino Lakeside Pj di Grainline, ma trovo che questo modello vesta meglio). Ne
voglio fare al più presto un secondo paio!
Ma la cosa migliore di questo modello, è che fa parte della Perfect Pattern Parcel #3Conoscete questo programma? Per due settimana, designers selezionati offrono i loto modelli, e tu puoi non solo decidere quanto pagare per il set, ma anche quanto vuoi dare ai designer, a un'associazione benefica per l'educazione dei bambini e alla stessa Perfect Pattern Parcel. Potete avere maggiori informazioni qui (ma sbrigatevi, le due settimane sono quasi scadute!).

Pattern Parcel #3
Ecco tutti i modelli disponibili nell'attuale Pattern Parcel:

Bombshell Swimsuit di Closet Case Files
Jorna Tank Dress di Jenna Brand
Staple Dress di April Rhodes
Poppy Tunic di Make it Perfect
Water Bottle Tote di Radiant Home Studio
Modello bonusPrefontaine Shorts di Made with Moxie (solo offrendo $28 o più)

Ed ecco anche il resto del Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 blog tour:

Venerdì, 30 maggioSew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin
Sabato, 31 maggioDesign By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin' and Craftin'
Domenica, 1 giugno: Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew
Lunedì, 2 giugnoIdle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift
Martedì, 3 giugnoOur Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin' and Craftin' || a happy stitch
Mercoledì, 4 giugnoLexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||
Giovedì, 5 giugnoverypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon
Venerdì, 6 giugnoShawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin' and Craftin'
Sabato, 7 giugno:  Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'
Domenica, 8 giugno:  oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston
Lunedì, 9 giugnoSew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard
Martedì, 10 giugnoWelcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking
Mercoledì, 11 giugnoPeneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery
Giovedì, 12 giugnola inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida
Venerdì, 13 giugno: Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

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Chataigne shorts

Size: size 40 at the waist, grading up to a 44 at the hips
Alterations: Lengthened the legs by about 3cm and did a rolled hem (instead of the scalloped or cuffed version), omitted the pocket flaps in the back, used a regular zipper instead of an invisible one.
Fabric: Lightweight wool suiting from my stash (it's the same I used for my Rooibos dress two years ago)

Did you see this new little pearl from Deer&Doe? The Chataigne shorts have inverted box pleats and two variations: regular waist and cuffs (version A), or high waist and scalloped hem (version B). They were released yesterday and I once again was lucky enough to be one of the testers.
The testing process was more interesting than usual for me. My thighs are the area of my body I'm most self conscious about, so I'm quite scared of wearing shorts, even in winter, with tights. But the design of Chataigne was so freakin' cute I had to try them.
I started the process as someone who doesn't like shorts one bit and I ended up quite enamored with my finished product. Yay for conquering our sewing fears!

Looking at these photos, I don't feel self-conscious about my body at all, quite the contrary! I think these shorts are really flattering on my curves and the high-waist really helps my proportions. I've already worn these shorts while sitting most of the day and they weren't uncomfortable at all, but it must be noted I'm used to wearing high-waisted, cinched-in garments. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, try the regular waist variation.

One thing must be said, though. These shorts are SHORT. Poor Eléonore must have heard it quite a few times from me and other girls while testing, but her intention was to make winter shorts to be worn with tights, so you can get away with a shorter length.
Because of my own issues with my thighs, I still felt more comfortable lengthening them a bit; if you feel the same, don't worry, because it's the easiest alteration ever.

I also did a rolled hem because I was afraid the scalloped hem would have made these shorts too short for me and I didn't do the cuffs because I don't like them too much on me (my thighs touch when I walk and the cuffs can get annoying). And to avoid attracting too much attention on my behind, I skipped the pocket flaps in the back, which are not functional anyway.
You can see that my shorts have some horizontal lines at the crotch, and that's because I mistakingly cut a size too small at the crotch seam, silly me! Otherwise, I was blown away as usual by the fit, especially the corseted waist: just perfect!

This pattern is marked for beginners, and I think that's right. The zipper and the pointy part of the waistband in the center front are the only tricky parts, other than that it's perfectly doable by someone who has a little bit of experience.

I found these tights with a faux garter effect a while ago and I love how they look with my Chataigne shorts! They could easily look tacky with a skirt, but I think shorts take away some of their sultriness and make them look much more playful.

Another version is already in the works: black, with high waist and scalloped hem. But I'm also tempted to make a more comfortable pair with the regular waist... Should I make both? 

Scallop fever #3: More Scalloped Hem Shorts

A few days ago, I was a bit down and I felt the need to make something quick, that I could cut, sew and wear in an afternoon. So, to keep my hands busy, I brought to life an idea that had been in my head for some time: winter shorts!
I decided to go with a pattern that I had already tried, the Scalloped Hem Shorts from Pattern Runway. This time I cut them shorter (the original lenght of the pattern) and I must say they're nicer like this.

They turned out cute, didn't they? They're not the most flattering cut on a shape like mine, but I still like them very much. I used some super old wool that has been in my mother's stash for years, it's a houndstooth pattern in gold, blue, green and a little hint of burgundy. Very appropriate for Fall!
I don't have much else to say, I didn't even take detailed pics of the inside and everything else because in my restlessness, I didn't really put too much effort in finishing seams and stuff. These shorts are not perfect, but they were a great distraction.
Did it ever happen to you to feel the need to sew (or make) something withouth caring too much, just to keep your hands busy?

♥   Scallop Fever #1
♥   Scallop Fever #2
♥   Pattern Runway interview

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!