I am now on the hunt for the perfect pair of shorts / trousers!
I find these hardest to fit, as my waist and hips are at least two sizes difference, and I have a flat seat. This means all the elastic-back-flat-front pants look truly awful on me.
Seamwork Dorian has a flat back and front, but elastic in the sides, which seemed like it might be genius.
Here’s my version:
and so you can see the elastic:
I really like how they turned out.
However…I had a bugger of a time fitting these. I cut according to my waist and hip (22 and 18) and added length. they were WAY too large. I took inches and inches out at the sides and the back to get this fit.
I don’t know whether that’s the pattern expecting a certain shape or something else, but it was a bit of an effort to get them to here…
They also have a real, operational fly, which is lovely, except I can just pull them on and off so why bother with all that extra sewing?
All the deets:
Pattern: Seamwork Dorian Shorts (Curve)
Size: A grade between 22 and 18. However, I measured at 21 and 17, and clearly should have sized down.
- Added 1.5″ length to the inseam
- Took enormous amounts out of the side seams, and back seam.
Fabric used: Robert Kaufman grey chambray from a million years ago (no idea where I bought it).
Like it? Wearing it? Yes and yes but what a palaver to get here!
Notes for next time:
- SIZE DOWN!
- Work out how to make without the working fly
- Kind of want to make again because I like how they ended up, but it seems like a hard starting point