It was about time for some unselfish sewing! I was trying to get these shorts done for my wonderful husband to wear on Fathers Day, but I had to redraft the cargo details based on some UnionBay shorts he really likes.
I’ve patronized Silhouette Patterns/Peggy Sagers for a number of years. Recently, I’ve feared away simply because I’ve gotten frustrated with the seemingly sloppy product. By that I mean, there are frequently errors in the printed patterns and instructions. When brought to her attention, she has been unwilling to fix them. She just tells you how to fix them or says it really doesn’t make a difference [in the finished garment]. I don’t think a $15 pattern should contain errors so consistently. Enough with the rant…sorry😳. Anyhow, she popped up with a new pattern for our men folk AND the pattern photo was a really cool cargo short…roomy side pocket detail to be specific. I completely disregarded the technical drawing which showed a rather dorky plain flat patch pocket. I was pissed! At SP and myself for not looking closely before clicking the buy button.
So I set out to make my husband some new shorts with the details he wanted. The pocket drafting was not complicated, but took some time.
I used waxed paper over the pockets and fingernail traced each detail. Then I trued up the lines and added seam allowance directly on the wax paper. I used my window as a light box and traced over each piece onto paper. The only challenge was creating the darted corners in the back pocket. I scratched my head for a bit until I realized, it was just a dart…easy peasy!
Here is my pattern review:
Pattern Description: A basic cargo short with jeans styling front pocket and a yoke back. Side patch pockets with flaps.
Pattern Sizing: Size 1 to 9 which equates to waist size 28″ to 44″
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not the technical drawing, but the photo, yes. More about that on my blog.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Simply that they were copied from RTW…the silhouette, not the cargo pocket.
Fabric Used: 100% cotton twill from FabricMart. I got it as a recent Sues pick for $2.99/yard! This is the real deal in twills.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I completely redrafted the side and back pockets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now that I have the styling details my husband wants, it is a TNT.
Conclusion: I am really glad I stuck with this pattern and didn’t let my pissyness get the best of me. They are a wonderful fit.
I compared the fit/styling with the KwikSew cargo shorts I have made a couple of times and really like the amount of ease in this pattern. They are slimmer without being tight. I’d say great for the men in our lives without much backside flesh 😉
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