Let’s start with a pattern I fell in love with a year ago…cut it out on my 2 week escape in Jan 2012 and finally found some time to finish it (along with 2 others in different colors) just this week of Sept 2012. Since I have a huge stash of linen and detest the way linen is worn most times…all baggy and saggy and covering the wearer so badly as to make her look pregnant, I thought this Coni Crawford pattern Butterick 5504 would be flattering.
It features a drawstring cord waistband which I changed to a 1 inch non-roll elastic fold-over.
The pocket lining was cut from silky polyester so as to not add bulk to the thigh area…who needs that? And besides what do women cram into their pockets anyway?
You can see the tape ended just where the top waistband fold-over will be…again who needs the bulk?
The center front seams down the center of each leg were top stitched in 2 pair of the pants to highlight that area as called for in the pattern. At some point it would be cool to have a pair of these shorts made in denim and use gold jeans thread and to taper the legs a little or add a vent at the side seam hem…lots of possibilities if one has time to think instead of crank out wedding dresses like a mad woman.
So what do these shorts look like after the tweaking???
You can see with very little changes other than the elastics added, these fit perfect right out of the envelope. I love Coni pants! They seem to fit every client using the hip measurement and did you notice the perfectly straight hanging side seams? Wonderful…no tugging and twisting to the front or back…what a dream!
All of Coni’s pattern hang straight and have a very nice crotch depth and curve and as the sizes get large the center back seam rises on the paper pattern to increase the length needed for sitting down without exposing one’s panties. Other pattern companies try to make this adjustment by adding to the crotch seam where it joins the inside legs…what do they call that junction? Va Jay Jay Junction?
So fellow sewers…do yourself a favor this week…find this pattern or any other Coni pants pattern from her website or Butterick website or a JoAnn’s near you and get cutting for the best pair of late summer shorts you can wear!