Thursday, July 30, 2020

Simplicity 8389 Shorts; Contest Sewing

I was going to review the Simplicity dress next but the shorts were finished and I am seriously loving them and so they jumped the review queue!

I did not realize this pattern was 2 years old! I can't believe I've been saying "I'm going to make those" all this time! Eek!

I used my normal size 18 -- don't be tempted to size down because of the ease!! You don't want your pleats pulling and straining. I adjusted the pattern with my fishbowl the same as I did with the SA Clare muslin here

My butt just needs more room!! When I laid the front and back inseam together, the space in between was SO narrow! I wish I'd taken a before pic! 

Back piece:

Minor quibble, the markings for the pocket and front pattern piece don't line up. I did slash and overlap to reduce front length but that didn't affect the placement of the notch. 


Aside from the crotch length adjustment, I didn't make any other changes. Well...I did not have 1 1/4" elastic in stash. I topstitched at 3/8" from the top and used 3/4" elastic. It makes it gather a little differently and next time, I'll be sure to have the right elastic on hand.


I can't believe I waited so long to make this pattern! I actually bought this fabric to sew the other view, the tapered leg. And luckily, I gambled on the fabric being awesome and ordered 4.5 yards. YAY! So I should be able to make the pants and stash the rest for a skirt.

Do you see this blind hem? DO YOU SEE IT!?!? Woot woot!

Paired with my TNT shirt, Burda 7136 in chambray. 

Listen, I LOVE THEM. 


Posting this zoomed in pic to show the fit. The pleats hang so nicely!! And while the protrusion of my butt (hahaha) is still a tad too much compared to the pattern but otherwise, they fall so nicely, no hanging up on the butt, in the inner thigh, none of that!

I have a navy brussels washer linen that I picked up in Nashville from Craft South that I may use for the next version. 

These shorts were my "C" garment for the PR Endless Combinations contest as was the hoodie reviewed here. I also sewed a dress and a top so I have pics ready for my next couple blog posts! Woohoo!

26 comments:

  1. You have mad skills. Love these and the fit is amazing

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  2. OMGoodness, you are a master of fit! Re: your figure, you are in great proportion now, and frankly, I know most men like watching a woman from behind). I think you look great. I sure wish I had your "mad skills" as said above! need too go back to review that "bowl" idea for fitting pants.

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  3. Cute shorts and they look terrific on you. Well done! Good luck with the contest.

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  4. This outfit is simple and yet so chic. Love. You are going to be a Pinterest pin soon. :)

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  5. shorts perfection! and that hem is fantastic.

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  6. The fit is superb. And they look great on. Make some slacks too w that fit. Wish I could do all those alterations w patterns.

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  7. Love your shorts and the fit is fabulous. But, come on, that shirt is the piece I envy...I want that shirt!

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    1. Thanks Allie! I LOVE this top!! It's still so simple but has a little pop!

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  8. They are adorable. That fit is fantastic.

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    1. I included a link, and I've discussed several times on the blog, you can search for the phrase. Thanks!

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  10. Your shorts look wonderful! You definitely rocked this pattern!

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  11. These are awesome! The fit is spot on and that blind hem is a thing of wonder and beauty.

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  12. I can definitely feel your shorts sewing happiness through the computer screen! I'm definitely going to check out that shirt pattern, I have had "make a new white shirt" on my to do list for too long, this pattern looks promising!

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