Well. Aren’t I the silly one? I have had this Sewaholic Thurlow pattern for years. YEARS. Around five years. And I’ve never made it. Why? I think it was my first ever pattern with a fly and I was like, oh hell nooooooo. Later on, after I’d conquered the fly, I dug the pattern out again and was like, welt pockets? Oh hell nooooooo. You get the idea.
And even more recently than that, when I was digging for a shorts pattern, recent trials and tribulations of jeans fitting, crotch curves, flat butts, mystery drag lines and all that stuff made me think again. Did I really want to go there?
Well, in a blast of self confidence (which happens every now and then), I decided that yeah, I did want to go there. Let’s do this. I was comforted by the fact that Sewaholic draft for a pear shape. Now, I’m a bit of an hourglassy pear, but obviously shorts don’t take the bust into account, so that smaller waist/bigger hip and thigh draft is perfect for me.
Add to that a bit of leopard sateen action from The Remnant Warehouse and I was sold. I need leopard shorts in my life.
I chose the size 12 based on my measurements and was cruising along through the instructions which, I admit, are a bit on the sparse side but hey, I’ve made jeans before so this was all relatively familiar territory. Until I hit those terrifying welt pockets. Right, Google? Anyone?
And honestly, bless Google and bless Lladybird because I found her sewalong from 2012 and mate, she dug me out of that welt pocket hole with ease. Seriously, how did people learn shit before the internet?
Cue gratuitous bum and welt pocket shots. You’re welcome.
All downhill from here right? Well, kinda. This pattern has you leave the waistband and half the shorts open at the centre back seam for easy fitting. Pretty cool when you think about it.
The thing is though, I had to take a lot out – somewhere in the vicinity of about four inches. I took as much out as I could without ending up with kissing welt pockets and distorting the back beyond recognition. They fit ok, but as I’ve worn them and they’ve relaxed through the day, I really need a belt on.
I’m wildly happy with the fit around my bum and legs though, so I think next time I’ll either grade down at the waist or use the current waistband and just take some darts out from the pattern piece along the top.
I’ve discussed this before, but I’m not much of a shorts wearer because I basically carry half my body weight in my thighs, but screw it – I need more of these.