Yesterday was satisfying. After returning home from a day of appointments in the city, I sewed the waistband, hems and buttonhole on my Maritime shorts. Yay! I am very happy with how these shorts turned out, and I really like the pattern of the fabric; it’s busy and tonal enough to not require matching on the sides, pockets, etc. This fabric is a Parson Gray canvas picked up while wandering around Len’s Mills, and I used some Jeni Baker Dreamin Vintage from my stash for the pocket linings, which I think is cute.
Because the fabric is heavy, I decided to use a ‘jeans’ button for these shorts, the kind I use to fix my husband’s jeans now and then. I think this gives these shorts a very finished look, and again, I’m very happy with how they turned out. My poor sewing machine had a hard time and a broken needle trying to sew the button hole through probably four layers of canvas, but we got it done. I do like my machine, but it’s just not meant for heavy duty sewing. Sometimes I am tempted to buy one of those ancient straight stitch machines that just plow through anything… maybe some day when we have more room, they are huge!
I ended up cutting a size 10 from the pattern, with no alteration as I previously thought I might do. I can always take in a little along the side seams if I need to after a few wears. I would rather do this than be sorry the shorts are too tight. I followed along with the tutorial on the Grainline website to insert the zipper, and I’m so glad I followed this tip from other bloggers, it was super helpful. I’m looking forward to making another pair of these shorts at some point, possibly the curved hem variation on the Grainline website, they are so cute. I do love me some contrasting bias trim! As you can see in these pics, the shorts have some creases as I was wearing them around when I got the brainwave to actually take some pictures.
Unfortunately it might be a few days until I get to wear my creation with pride. I know I sound like a broken record, but the weather has turned cool and rainy again. It’s still skinny jeans and booties for me, not shorts and flip flops!
This is my little sewing helper assisting me with the side seam stitching. He knows how to press the start/stop button on command, and makes the heartiest belly laugh when he pushes the auto cut button and it makes a noise. What a munchkin.