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.