For this pattern, I took a recommendation from Mrs B and checked out Salme Sewing Patterns. A London-based company, which I had never heard of. Don't ever accuse me of having my ear to the ground.
I was really surprised at the quality of fit of this pattern. I made no alterations and I think the fit is pretty good. To be completely perfect I think I would take the waist in a little more, but that is something I can actually fix if I set aside some time and patience to unpick the amazing stitching-in-the-ditching I did, and nip in the waist darts. That way they could sit a little higher and shorter! *giggles like a schoolgirl*
Otherwise I love the fit, especially on my bum-bum, which always doth protest too much in shorts and trousers. It seems to find these agreeable.
Me just hanging out with George next to a bush
For the fabric I used some gorgeous pink and white striped 100% Czech cotton I bought in Prague.
As I was beginning to make these shorts up I noticed that the cotton, although quite heavy, was still going to be a little see through and would show the outline of the pockets. So, I used some cheap white polycotton I usually reserve for muslin jobs and made an underlining. I then treated the layers as one piece. It worked well and now I don't have to always wear my tighty whiteys!
The rest of the construction was pretty straightforward. However, please note, the pattern does not include seam allowances so these will need to be added beforehand. I had a great discussion on Twitter with fellow sewcialists about the preference of patterns with or without SA, which I have been meaning to do a blog post on. Let me know your thoughts below if you like.
The shorts have a side zip using a concealed zipper and then a neat little waistband and button finish. I cut off a whole lot from the hem as they finish a little longer than I like. The way I do this is to put one leg in side the other, pin and then trim so that both legs are nice and even.
Ewww, George I think others have been here before us
The other good news is that I did make a muslin of these, which I just pin-fitted together (hence an inaccurate reading of the waist fit, tut tut Clarey!) and the fabric I used was the infamous 'Miami Vice' that I used to make my Victoria Blazer. So,when I get a minute I'll sew these up properly. Shit, what an outfit that will make when I'm busting out my jazz hands in New Orleans.
Here you can see the fabric better. Ignore the creases.
Me and George rocking it in some b&w
I definitely recommend this pattern. It doesn't take long and it's a really neat finish with some nice pockets. Go on get those hot legs out, this man is gagging for it.
Wait, do I have hot legs or not?