Made with Moxie: Selfish Sewing Week: Day Four: Maritime Shorts

September 26, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week: Day Four: Maritime Shorts

Hey guys, I'm very excited to be here guesting for Selfish Sewing Week! In case you don't know me, I'm Amanda from Kitschy Coo.  When Jill asked if I'd be willing to review a pattern I jumped at the chance to a) actually make something for myself for fun and b) step out of my comfort zone and learn some new skills.

maritime shorts cover

The Maritime Shorts from Grainline Studio fit the bill on both counts as not only have I never sewn myself woven shorts (or trousers for that matter) but I've also never sewn a zipper fly.  Shocking.

maritime shorts close

The printing, taping and tracing was a doddle and my measurements corresponded to a straight size without blending between sizes.  Aiming for a wearable muslin for my first time, I used a nice teal thick canvas as it's already very autumnal in Scotland (as evidenced by the mid-shoot sweater addition- let's just say it was noticeably cold).

maritime shorts back

There are two cute pockets to the back that I adore.  There's something so satisfying about a nice, crisp patch pocket.  And now the moment of truth... just how did I get on with that fly?

maritime shorts inside

Not too shabby.  I admit that I had some issues with figuring out exactly how it would work (there is a separate tutorial on the Grainline blog with pictures that helped a lot) and I made some mistakes.  Clue: when she says baste she actually means baste because that stitching comes out later.

 maritime shorts full

Overall, I'm very pleased with how they turned out and I'm looking forward to making more for the summer in snazzier fabrics.

Disclosure: I received this pattern free as part of Selfish Sewing Week. All opinions my own.


Thank you for sewing for us, Amanda. I love those Maritime Shorts from Grainline Studio. They look like they have a great fit. Love the blue canvas you used, too!

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