What’s even cooler is that my friend Katy of Katy&Laney designed them! They’re the first ever K&L release: the Tap Shorts. I’m day 3 of the excellent blog tour – see all the stops below.
I’ve never made shorts before so I was a bit nervous, but they came together in an evening and I love the end result. When Katy was developing the pattern, I tried on some of the early prototypes, and Katy ended up grading them up and doing some more fitting for plus size figures, which is fantastic – several other members of the Curvy Sewing Collective will also be showcasing theirs soon.
I brought them with me on my epic cycling adventure, and put them to good use poolside at the Park Hyatt Saigon:
The shorts are high waisted and have a super cool pleat at the front which I decided to keep stitched down to avoid any puffiness over my tummy area. Not into tummy pleats? No worries! There’s a diagonally seamed version *and* a non-pleated fly front version to try, too.
I made them up using an upholstery fabric from IKEA which I’ve had for yonks, and it proved to be the perfect weight and pattern to showcase the pleated design. Shorts aren’t always the natural bedfellow of the curvy lady, but I must say that I was delighted by how these turned out on my relatively large-waisted, somewhat-full-tummied, slim-hipped & thighed size 22 figure. They are magically stomach flattening on me!
In the spirit of full transparency, I know that the shorts didn’t work for *all* my curvy lady posse – it’s funny how even women with the same measurements can have it distributed so differently that they patterns come out so differently. But I can definitely attest that for my proportions (about 40″ waist, 48″ hips) and distribution (more on the front than the back) they work a treat.
I also made my first ever welt pockets – Katy’s instructions were very simple to follow and I did them pretty much perfectly first time. The only thing I’d do differently next time would be to use a lighter weight fabric for the facings as I ended up with quite a lot of bulk inside the pockets. I also appear to have a little bit of errr… “creep up” in the back crotch – I’m not sure if that’s a bit of an optical illusion due to the fabric, or whether I should make a pattern adjustment – any idea? The front fits perfectly, so I wouldn’t want to alter that.
The zip is on side, and there’s a simple waistband at the top. I made the size 20 (41″ waist) and next time I’ll add another inch at the waist, as there’s very minimal waistband ease and it will make them a little more comfortable when I’m sitting down.