Sunday, June 29, 2008

June BWOF of the month - BWOF 06-2008-103

Copying Christina - I've decided I need to sew up at least one project from BWOF each month. Else, I refuse to allow myself to buy it. At $10+ a pop, its pretty expensive eye-candy.



Which brings me to this month's project - BWOF 06-2008-103. The instant I saw these shorts, I knew I wanted to make them. The project was marked 2 dots - so, theoretically, I could sew it, and the shorts just looked so summery, I was sold.



There's a lot of pattern pieces to this one - 7, to be exact. Also, some details that are, in my opinion, definitely not 2-dot - for example, the zippered welt pockets, which I decided I would not freak out about, and simply try (worked well, I highly recommend diving in, what's the worst that could happen, anyway?). My pockets aren't perfect, but they look ok, and are functional. (Kathleen Fasanella's zippered welt pocket tutorial is pretty useful reading - I recommend it highly.)



I made my usual BWOF size - 40, taking a few inches off around mid-thigh for the petite-length adjustment. The shorts fit well, but are a tiny, tiny bit loose. I think I'm probably a 39 in BWOF, but am FAR too lazy to bother tracing both the 38 and the 40, and adjusting.



Other things? I ignored the fly front instructions totally, and used Sandra Betzina's tutorial instead. That probably saved me a few moments of swearing. Also, I had a RTW pair of cuffed pants as a reference in front of me when I was doing the cuffs. I'm sure BWOF's instructions were fine for the cuff, I just didn't look.

Finally, the original shorts come with a tie around the cuffs that you thread through eyelets. I was dubious about both eyelet as well as the tie, so left them out totally.

But apart from all of that, I found BWOF's instructions fairly clear and logical. Hmmm. I'm not sure if they are getting better, or I'm learning technique that I can apply to my sewing.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

Your pockets look perfect to me. The fabric is gorgeous and the shorts look great on you. Did you use just the BWOF instructions to make the pockets or did you use an alternate source for help? I am finding that I have to have an alternate source to make sense of their instructions.

Dawn said...

Those are perfect!!! I love the back especially with the big tab loop thing coming down. The striped fabric is so cute! The pockets look great.

Kristy said...

Your shorts look fantastic - the funky striped fabric was the best choice to highlight the tabs and cuffs. I hope you can keep up with a BWOF per month, I always have a mental road block with them even though I know I should getmy money's worth!

Christina said...

Oh good, I'm glad you are doing the monthly project too! It's worth it.

Nice zippered welt pockets, BTW! Must try that one of these days...

Summerset said...

Cute and very summery! I don't always do one project per BWOF, but there are some months where I may make 2 to 4 models so it evens out over the course of a year.

Lilia said...

Reethi, the shorts looks Fan-Tastic!

CharityinAlaska said...

I have this fabric too. :) I love what you did with yours. Great detailing in this pattern.

KimT said...

great job on the shorts!

Anonymous said...

I love your shorts...o.k., you know what I mean...They came out GREAT!!!! Funny, when I first saw the photo, I just thought you were merely photographing yourself until I started reading and scrolled down. Wow! Can you make me some? Just joking ...I have projects and a blog which have seriously gone neglected so I am forced to post as a guest/anonymous out of embarrassment. LOL!!! Keep up the great work! I may want to buy some seersucker and make those shorts. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

angie.a said...

These are some great shorts! I'm tempted to try this pattern even though it means grading up for my bum. :P

Sew and So said...

Nice fit! The stripes are perfect for this pattern.

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