Each spring I make myself a new pair of shorts. For the last 4-5 years my pattern of choice has been Sewaholic Thurlow. This year, I had in mind something different. I really wanted a pair of bermuda shorts with longer legs which are more suitable for cool mornings and evenings in spring. I find the Thurlow pattern while completely suitable for beach wear is not so suitable for wearing in the city, well not for a 40 something year old anyway!
I bought a pair of rtw denim bermudas last year from Kmart but although they are practical, I am not entirely happy with the fit. Now that I have perfected the fit of my own jeans and shorts., I am extra picky with anything ready to wear. This is probably the reason I buy very little ready to wear these days. I knew that based on Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans and my Kmart shorts, I could come up with something better.
I copied my Ginger pattern and straightened out the legs. From memory I straightened them 3cm on both the inside and outside leg seams. I then went in search for a remnant in my stash to make them out of. I found a piece of grey coated stretch denim that was left over from my Ginger jeans. I had just enough with a bit of pattern tetris to cut them out. I had absolutely nothing left over.
For the waistband and pocket linings I used a shirt my husband no longer wore. The grey top stitching thread was left over from my original Gingers.
The rivets and button I chose are antique bronze. I went with this colour over antique silver because this is the colour of my zipper teeth. These were bought to make my last pair of jeans.
I am really pleased with how these turned out. They proved a great addition to my holiday wardrobe and will be on regular wardrobe rotation this spring. My fitbit told me that while I was in Sydney I was walking around 25000 steps per day so comfort was essential. These definitely ticked the comfort box.
The above photos were taken at Darling Harbour, Sydney