Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Finished lightweight Denim Shorts for Joe.

The denim shorts are finished.  I decided to use flat-fell seams on this pair to give the insides a cleaner look.  The pattern doesn't call for this type of seam, but I think the extra effort was worth it.

Inside back view

Inside crotch view

Serged seam view

Pfaff serger and Alice

Finished view

Another finished view
I used my Brother machine for the buttonhole and to attach the button.

These shorts came together perfectly on size.  I made a size 42, which is a 36" waist according to the pattern.
I didn't have sizing issues as on my shorts with the same pattern. I had made a size 36 which should have been a 30" waist.  I had to take the waist in 4".

I like this pattern.  I will plan on making a pair of pants with it in the future.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Leightweight Denim Shorts for Joe, Part 2

The denim shorts are coming together.    I decided to add a little color to the inside of the fly by using some striped material left over from my mod shorts.

Fly  attached
Instructions had me hand baste the stitching line so I could sew it later.
I ended up removing the basting and just following the contour of the fly with the machine.

Zipper pinned to fly

Finished zipper fly inside

Finished zipper fly outside

Front of shorts ready to sew to rear of shorts

The Brother was used for its zipper foot.  And some people
wonder why I need more than one machine.
I think my brain-fog was kicking in due to the heat.  It took me a couple days to do this.  But what else to do on 105 degree day except sewing in an air-conditioned house?

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lightweight Denim Shorts for Joe

I liked the way my Mod shorts turned out by using Simplicity pants pattern 1948 with a shorts-length inseam.  Because of this I am making Joe a pair of shorts with the same pattern.  This pair is going to be a lightweight blue denim.

Alice wanted to help me with the project.  She is a cheerful helper.  She sews a nice straight-stitch with the greatest of ease while emitting a purr.

The front pockets and the tuck-lines are done.

Close-up of pocket

Close-up of tuck line
Mod Shorts made with same pattern

Simplicity 1948
My helper, Alice
It was nice to relax at home in the air-conditioning today.  It has been over 100 degrees for over a week.

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