Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Thurlow Shorts

Karen at Did You Make That is hosting a Sporty Summer Sewathon, giving me the nudge I needed to open the Thurlow Trousers pattern I bought in April.


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This is a new adventure for me; I’ve never sewn shorts or pants before. I’ve been reading the pattern over, reviewing the sew along over at Lladybird, and today I traced the pattern on to Swedish tracing paper.


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The shorts will be for Martina but I have warned her there is a high likelihood that the first pair will not be wearable. The Sewaholic patterns are designed for the pear-shaped woman, which Martina definitely is not. According to the pattern she is a size 0 by the hips and 8 by the waist. This could be an interesting lesson in fit.

However, the Thurlow trousers are designed with an extension panel at the back seam which can be adjusted for a custom fit fairly far along in the process. So maybe this will work after all. I’ve decided to cut a size 4 and sew along the size 8 back seam line, adjusting as needed.


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I have to admit I feel a bit in over my head when I see all the pattern pieces — 14 in all! I also underestimated the fabric needed. I was going to use the leftovers from the blue Hollyburn skirts I made for Martina and Esther but I’m not sure there will be enough. I’ll investigate tomorrow.

But for now, I have just one more thing to say:


That is all.


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  4 comments for “Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Thurlow Shorts

  1. Mirjam
    June 19, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I’m so excited to have one of your famous tissue pouches! I got one in the mail from Hanneke this week…and love it!!

    • June 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      So glad to hear, Mirjam! I like it when Things make their way across the world.

  2. June 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    you are doing pants! yay! can’t wait to see them.

    • June 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I’m hoping they’re good enough to show… I am so in over my head.

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