Hellooooo Sailor! Kwik Sew 3854, and an apology
Howdy! I apologize for my ridiculously long absence — I was planning to take a week off because Youngest was on half-days last week, which required me to run back and forth to school like a chipmunk on uppers. I finally got through the week, which was also punctuated by two concerts and a drama in five acts when Oldest realized he’d left his phone at the church where they hosted the district concert. Miraculously, someone turned it in to the district office and I was just recovering from THAT near-coronary when I got a cold. For some odd reason, it also took me a week to finish these sailor shorts. I can’t imagine why.
I honestly think these are way cuter in person, but they’re not quite as cute as the ones on the model. This was my first Kwik Sew pattern, and it turns out I’m right on the edge of the Small and Medium sizes. So, I made a Medium with 5/8″ seams and had to overlap the button area a bit more than normal to make it fit. As a result of that (and/or the denim I used as a fabric), there’s a bit of bubbling in the sailor bib area. I’m not sure how to fix this because the Small is quite a bit smaller — I’m tempted to try sewing a Small with 1/2″ or 3/8″ seams? Maybe I’ll make a muslin to see if that works. I also had to give up on the instructions halfway through, because they insisted that I should under stitch or stitch in the ditch for everything. This makes putting together the yoke unnecessarily difficult, and the pattern is practically made for topstitching, so I recommend ignoring the instructions in that regard. Long story short…the pockets are under stitched but the yoke and the hem are just stitched. Next time I’ll use contrasting thread and topstitch it all.
Anyway, this brings me one step closer to the goal of making all of my shorts by summer.
I noticed that I got a couple of awards in my absence from Calico Stretch and Elle C. Thanks guys! I’ll be back to normal commenting et cetera by tomorrow.