My knitting was pushed to the back burner this week when it became obvious that my biggest girl REALLY needed some new shorts, she’s shot up in height this summer (and her shorts were not).
I chose the Deer and Doe, Chataigne shorts pattern, I ordered the paper pattern, and it arrived within a few days from France. Big girl’s measurements were a size 44 in the waist and a little above 40 in the hips, I chose to trace and make the size 42. The white floral stretch cotton were the first pair that I made; she tried them on before I sewed down the waistband facing and as it gaped at the back, I took about 5cm out of the centre back waist band which improved the fit considerably. For the second pair in the pink needle cord I altered the pattern pieces and took some out of the back leg pieces at the centre back to flow more smoothly into the altered waist band.
I left the leg cuffs off both pairs as I wanted a quickly completed pair of shorts, but the weather has changed to cold and wet today and I’m hoping that I wasn’t too late after all.
On the first white floral cotton pair I used a coordinating white concealed zip, but for the second pair I constructed a button placket to avoid having to get a pink zip, I’m very happy how it turned out and will probably do the same on the next pair that I make.
All the facings were cut from coordinating scraps of cotton to reduce bulk and for the fun of it. The floral pair has pale blue cotton pocket inners and facings, gleaned from an man’s shirt, the pink pair has a lilac gingham, the left overs from a pair of pyjama trousers that my daughter made for herself.
I’m very happy with how well this pattern went together, it was very well drafted and clear, the instructions are clear and the quality of the pattern paper itself is nice. I chose to trace the pieces as I can see myself making more than one size, both for my daughter as she grows and for myself. The fitting issues that I encountered have more to do with my daughter’s shape than anything wrong with the pattern, and that is always likely to be an issue sewing for a teen.
The shape of these shorts is really lovely, very flattering and easy to wear without being frumpy, I might well make myself a pair with the leg cuffs, given that I’ve not worn shorts for almost twenty years, that’s an indication of how fabulously flattering I think the cut of these shorts is!
My next project is going to be this pattern with an extended leg to make cropped trousers for her using the scalloped edge instructions.