24 Jun The Long and Short of It
During the last ten days I’ve been on a learning curve, the crux being:
Like it or not PDF patterns are here to stay, and I better get on board before I’m left behind!
No, I haven’t lost weight. I downloaded Grainline Studio’s Maritime’s Shorts pattern and this was my result. I’ve sewn four different PDF patterns with mediocre to moderately acceptable success.
Being inept disturbs me, so instead of moving on I committed myself to addressing my ongoing PDF issues. I knew it was me not the PDFs 😉 Fortunately, my commitment eventually led to a successful result.
To date I’ve learned:
- It is absolutely essential that the size of the printed square on the pattern is exact. My iPad printed too small, my MacBook Pro too large….. Hub’s computer printed perfectly. Make sure your printer is set to print at 100% with scaling turned off.
On the first Maritime experience, the square printed between 3 1/8″ to 3 1/4″. Little did I know my pattern would print out three sizes too big!
- Keep the unassembled printed pages in order!
- Trim the paper as you piece the pattern together, as opposed to before.
- Tape the squares first. If they don’t match, don’t use.
- After all of the squares are taped, lightly tape the intersecting pieces on the cutting line in your size.
My favorite advantage of using the PDF pattern is the ability to reprint once it has been downloaded – great for experimenting with alterations.
Despite madly pursuing the Ready-to-Wear Fast for two out of the last four years, I had yet to sew jean style pants or a fly zipper. Shorts are an excellent introduction!
With the PDF obstacles behind me I enjoyed focusing on sewing the Maritime shorts. Would you believe I made NO alterations other than adding 3″ to the length? The fly was a cinch and the fit is perfect 🙂
My fabric is a wonderful quality cotton twill from Sawyer Brooks. I chose to underline the shorts with a very lightweight striped oxford cloth for added comfort and to prevent wrinkling. I like the inside of the shorts almost as much as the outside 🙂
Due to the tricky print design, my biggest concern was cutting the pieces straight on the grain. I got it although the pattern doesn’t match at the sides. I was determined to match the back pockets to the fabric!
They are ideal for a backyard cookout paired with the refashioned Sara Campbell top or for a casual night out!