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Today I sewed a pair of trousers, and a pair of bermuda shorts. YAY! They’re both black, so they’ll be fun to take photos of, I’m sure.

When I took the trousers to the tailor to get them hemmed (because I can’t mark my own hem, and it’s only $7 for an invisible stitching job!), she was seriously impressed at both the fit, and the fact that I managed to get the invisible zip in perfectly. She said that I’m the first person she’s seen who’s able to do their own invisible zippers… and she’s been working in the theatre biz, as well as doing tailoring, for years.

And then she saw the inside, with the beige serger thread, and the grey stitches. Haha. IDK what to say to defend my choices, except that a) I’m lazy, and b) I’m out of black thread!

She really wanted to improve the fit by making them not quite so wide-legged, so the next version I make will be slightly slimmer – more boot cut than wide leg. I just really like wide legs in the summer, because as you walk you get a delicious breeze.

The shorts are based off of an old pair, that I cut apart to use as a pattern. From the old shorts, I thought I only needed to raise the rise about 1 cm, but that wasn’t true at all. The fabric that I’ve used is a stretch twill, while the originals were made out of a stretch linen. I’m guessing there was a lot more vertical stretch in the old shorts! Ahh well. They do fit, and are much more comfortable than any commercial shorts I’ve been trying on recently. For the next pair I need to give myself another inch, as per my trouser block! I might also add 1/4″ to each side seam (for 1″), just in case the next fabric I choose isn’t quite as stretchy, or even as forgiving of lumps and bumps.

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