Oh Weston, what fun you were… 🙂 This was my first time sewing up adult sized shorts! I don’t typically buy shorts and I’m not really into the current short trends. I do have one pair of linen shorts that I bought out of desperation while I was traveling in Italy. The heat was getting unbearable and I was ready to buy anything. Luckily, I found a nice pair of gray linen trouser shorts that I still wear to this day several years later.
Every summer I tell myself I should buy a new pair of shorts. I casually look around but nothing catches my eye so while working on my Wardrobe Architect project I decided that I most certainly need a second pair of shorts and I will be the one to make them… so Weston was born.
I was apprehensive at first. Pant zipper, waistband, two hems!?! But, I was up for the challenge and you know what? It was actually pretty easy!
Fabric: Denim Chambray from Hart’s Fabric, Black metal zipper from JoAnn Fabrics, 2 black buttons, interfacing, matching blue thread
Pattern: Weston Pattern from Seamwork Magazine
Fun stuff: To button or not to button?
I looked at the measurement chart, measured myself and decided that since I have never sewn pants that maybe I wasn’t the smallest size and I decided to size up. I even double checked my measurements but I was wrong. Once I sewed up the side seams and tried it on it was much too big. I measured how much I needed to remove then undid the side seams. Based on my measurements, I needed to cut out the smallest size instead. Luckily, I was early in the game and was able to trim the sides and sew it back up. I left the crotch area the same and moved on to the waistband.
It took me a few times to read through the waistband instructions to make sure I had it right but eventually I got there interfacing and all. I attached them to my shorts and my next step was to add the buttons BUT… I loved how the waistband looked on its own so I tried it on again and loved it even more. The interfacing allows the flaps to stand up straight but have a slight curl at the top that just makes them look so modern and fashion forward. Should I add buttons still?? That was the big question. So off I went to Instagram to get confirmation from the sewing community and I’m glad I did because everyone was so helpful! They confirmed for me that the no button high waisted flap was indeed a good choice! (Thank you everyone!)
Now, the last step… hemming! I was very detailed in this process and it turned out better than expected. So viola, it is complete and I am thrilled with the outcome. So happy I get to wear these this summer!