Sunday, June 17, 2018

Revisiting Maritime Shorts

 Grainline Maritime Shorts
with Jalie Scarf-collar Top

I've made these Maritime shorts before here.  Four years and a couple sizes larger now, I had to make a few more adjustments.  For starters, always a swayback.  Then I had to make a 1/2 inch full seat adjustment, as well as scooping out the back crotch just to be sure I had enough room!  ha ha
I didn't plan on making a muslin, but it turned out that way since there was no way they were fitting my bottom on the first try!  They were way too tight without any ease to speak of.

I also added 2.25 inches to the pattern length.  The pattern instructions have you turn up 1/4 inch and then 1/4 inch again.  I made my hem wider, turning up 1/4 inch and then another whole inch.  

I changed my back pockets this time.  With my "muslin," I made the back pockets according to the pattern; however, with such a busy print, you couldn't even tell they were there.  Recently I bought a pair of shorts (that surprisingly fit me very well....that happens almost never) and there were faux double welt pockets on the back.  I really, really liked that detail, so I made them.  I have to say, it was a little tricky getting them to line up evenly.  When I looked at my RTW shorts, those weren't perfectly aligned at all...big surprise, huh?  Needless to say, that took the pressure off and I knew I could do better at the very least--I think they turned out pretty good.

Here is a closer look at the faux double welts I made.

Now that I have perfected my overall fit, I want to change up the front pockets; I want them to be accessible on a slant.  So, I will play around with pattern drafting for that and if successful, I'll be making another pair of shorts with that detail soon.

My top is a previous make from here.

Here is a recap of my last four outfits that were made with the new Jalie pattern releases.

While on a recent family vacation to St. Louis, I made a new P4P Favorite Tee Dress to wear.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


  1. I love your shorts! I’ve been wanting to make a pair of shorts for a while so thank you for the pattern recommendation.

    1. Thanks! You can make anything! You should definitely give them a try.

  2. Great looking pair of shorts and great job on the welt pockets. The blue top pairs perfectly. You are ready for summer! :)

    1. Thanks Lisa! I think this will be a summer of shorts. Last year I made dresses, so I'm set there.

  3. Great works, Shirley! The welt pockets are perfect! I remember the top:) It's one of my favourite top you made.


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