After my last post complaining about losing my sewing mojo, I suddenly found myself with the desire to sew again on Saturday afternoon. Go figure!
So I finished my Soho shorts. Made of some Tencel fabric kindly sent to me by The Confident Stitch. I love the color with my KorkEase sandals and my silk tank top I recently bought after rebelliously breaking my ready to wear fast at a crazy sale in a downtown location where some of my favorite luxury brands were a TENTH of retail. I went a little nuts ….
The Soho shorts were recently released by Liesl & Co. A high waisted dressy pair of shorts with pleats, it filled a need in my wardrobe for dressier shorts I can wear out with heeled sandals. There’s also a skirt pattern included. I like the forties flavor of this style with pleats, which are similar to a pair of culottes I made and love last year. I suppose I could have just shortened that culotte pattern, now that I think of it. But I like the intructions on this pattern so much more than the Big 4 culotte instructions and fit, which I had to adjust .
Sewing this pattern went really smoothly. I took my time and spent a few days working on these on and off. They could be made in a day, though. I’ve been having a hard time getting the energy up this month due to some family stress.
I cut the pattern in a size 6 and didn’t bother making a muslin or even basting them up first. I’m pretty confident in Liesl & Co pattern now, after making a few, and these fit perfectly with no adjustments. The pattern fit together perfectly and the waistband notches all met where they should after making my pleats and pockets.
The intructions for the waistband were very thorough and excellent, in my opinion. The top of the waistband is stabilized with twill tape, the band is understitched to the facing and then sewn over the invisible zipper. The inner waistband edge is serged first, then turned up 1/4 inch and edge stitched. Then the waistband is stitched in the ditch from the front catching the slightly longer waistband facing perfectly, avoiding any hand stitching. I really liked this method! The pattern was worth it for me, just to try that new way of making waistbands.
This Tencel fabric is really interesting. It’s very soft and drapey when dry, but when it gets wet it feels like stiff paper! Tencel is a form of rayon fabric made from cellulose fibers extracted from wood pulp, So that explains the cardboardy feeling when it gets wet.
I think next I may make my husband a new shirt. He has been wearing the same two I made a him almost constantly. One of the shirts has a big wholw in the sleeve yet he still wears it. I guess he likes them! But it’s time for a new one. I’d also like to make another pair of these shorts in a more flowy silk or rayon print.
We will see!