StyleArc Jasmine Shorts

It’s no secret that I love my StyleArc Jasmine pants.

Another post, another goof photo. At least I'm still wearing yellow.
Another post, another goof photo. At least I’m still wearing yellow.

I wear both pairs I’ve made every week, as long as it’s pants weather.

But it is not pants weather right now. Sigh! And what I really need are work-appropriate shorts. Or, actually, shorts period.

It took me much longer than it should have to realize that I could just shorten the Jasmines and get a perfectly serviceable shorts pattern essentially for free, that has already been fitted.

Corporeal. Huzzah! I'm not invisible!
Corporeal. Huzzah! I’m not invisible!

So: leftover fabric from the pleated pencil skirt. I had just enough.

I used a rayon challis that is close to my flesh tone for the pockets and stays, per a recent Threads (I believe) article about how this is a better practice to avoid visible pockets from outside the garment. It worked just fine, and it’s comfortable and soft.

Innards. I am super proud of this fly, Dear Readers. But mostly, you know, here is the Pocket Fabric.
Innards. I am super proud of this fly, Dear Readers. But mostly, you know, here is the Pocket Fabric.

My one white pants zipper was just a smidge too long, but I was so not going to go to the fabric store just to get a slightly shorter white metal zipper. I just let it hang down a bit too long.

And this pair of shorts was a three-machine endeavour:

Serger for most seam construction.

Yes? Not bad? Also I added some bar tacks at the pockets and hips to create more strength.
Yes? Not bad? Also I added some bar tacks at the pockets and hips to create more strength.

Sewing machine to install the pockets and the zipper, hem, and top-stitch the waistband.

This hideous photo shows you the coverstitches holding the pocket facing to the pocket.
This hideous photo shows you the coverstitches holding the pocket facing to the pocket. It needs to be tidied a bit.

Coverstitch to reinforce the side and crotch seams, and attach the pocket facing to the pocket piece.

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Cover stitches sewing on that side seam. Perfectly parallel and FLAT.

 

I made a few more fitting tweaks for this version, mostly in making it a bit smaller in the waist (the last camel version I made is still too big after taking it in by an inch on either side). And it worked almost perfectly, with the minor exception that I failed to account for the 0 length-wise stretch in this cotton sateen (lots of cross-grain stretch), so the waist band is a hair too snug and has no give. But it’s still perfectly wearable, even when sitting at the computer for several hours and having a long, large lunch break. The rest of it is just perfect and I love it to bits. It’s a bright print but the colours all work with tops I already have, so–huzzah! More shorts!

The Back.
The Back.

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