Ok so. Here are some shorts I made. They're Kwik Sew 3854.
I can't decide about them. I think they might be a fail. Not necessarily a Sewing Fail, but a Project Choice Fail, a Not the Most Flattering Fail, a Will Probably Never Wear Outside the House Fail.
Let's start with the pattern envelope.
I know that illustration on the left is terrifying. But I saw could see through those aggressive pleats that were ready to devour my thighs. I saw potential. They made me think of vintage sailor ladies. In the shorter length they could be cute, right?
Well...from the front they make me think of my fourth grade teacher, who was awesome, but every day wore high waisted pleated shorts and opaque white tights with a turtleneck and sweater vest.
Also, those little triangles are leather, which I thought would be a cute detail because there is topstitching there, and I don't know, ok? But now when I look at them, all I can see is A FACE. And it is weeping.
And then from the back...I use the term Vintage Bootyshorts. My mom said she thought Hot Pants was more accurate. I suppose it depends on the individual.
I know they aren't even that crazy short, but the hem is just so full. I had to sew the pleats down, because with the stiffness of the hem the bottom edge was hanging at least six inches away from my butt. It was DRAFTY.
Should I maybe wear them with my shirt untucked?
No, don't think so.
From some angles - and maybe from a distance? - I like these.
But then other angles? I just don't know! Maybe they're just outside my comfort zone.
What do you guys think?