We spent a few hours at a community pool today for a farewell party. It was damn hot. And while I would have rather stayed in the comfort of my perfectly air-conditioned home, I had to say goodbye to friends that have been a part of my Houston family for many years. See, I’m not from TX but I got here as soon as I could. Nope. No. But if you’re acquainted with a true Texan, you can imagine how many times I’ve heard that.
So, the shorts. I’m pretty happy with them. They are the Chi-Town Chinos by Alina Sewing + Design Co. There were many sewing firsts during this project. Fly zipper. Slash pockets. Back pockets. Belts loops. Bar tacks. I also spent time making a muslin, twice. My first muslin was way too big, a size 10. The second, a size 8, was a pretty good fit save the extra fabric in the back. In the future, I need to pay attention to the finished garment size per the pattern. I would have saved a bit of time had I looked more carefully at the pattern information as it applies to my measurements.
Nowadays, I measure 29″ at my waist and 39″ across my hips. I chose size 6 for the final, even though the finished garment size at the hips is 39″. Using a size with zero ease seemed a bit risky for me but I took Alina’s suggestion to size down because cotton twill is prone to relaxing. This worked out well for this Hobby Lobby cotton twill.
I increased the rise by an inch. I will increase the rise a little bit more next time because I felt like I was getting a wedgie at times. I did not foresee this problem with the muslin because I didn’t test the flat seat alteration with another muslin. I just wanted to get things moving!
The flat seat alteration was pretty simple. I did it exactly as written by Ann Rowley. As she states, “This adjustment removes the equivalent of a fish eye dart from below the buttocks, shortens and narrows the dart and straightens the centre back seam, so reducing the shaping there.” It would have been nearly perfect had I increased the rise just a tad more.
A bathing suit might have been a better choice for today’s adventure but I was eager to wear my new shorts. Please pardon the wet spot and wrinkles!
The sewalong was a pretty neat event to participate in. It was my first! I appreciated reading Alina’s encouraging words throughout the process.
The chinos really are a nice, casual addition to my wardrobe. I do want to make another pair with linen but I’m experiencing a little sewing shorts burnout. That said, it feels good to have made shorts that are comfortable at my hips without the added slack at my butt!