Do any of you have a pattern that literally defines everything you want in a garment? For me, this pattern is it. If I could have one pair of shorts for the rest of my life, these would be them. I know this has been a theme lately (I am still in love with my lady skater, mind you, but that’s a dress) but I think I’ve just had some really good patterns come my way recently. So, yay!
Anyway, onto the shorts. I’m calling these a wearable muslin because they are a full size too large for me, and do a weird baggy thing at the crotch, but I don’t care. I love them, so I’m wearing them.
The Pattern: Rite of Spring from Papercut Patterns
Fabric/notions: Less than a yard of quilting cotton, and a yard of sparkly gold piping.
Instructions: In my opinion, the instructions that come with these patterns are perfect. They’re all laid out in front of you, they’re clear, concise, and everything I need in instructions. There are a few illustrations, but not for every single step. If this is the first garment you’re making, and you don’t know to press your seams before you move to the next step, then the instructions may not be for you. However, if you’ve got a few garments under your belt, and are a bit sick of reading a 25 page accompaniment book while you sew, go for papercut!
What I love most: I love the way the shorts flip out on the sides. The little flare is too cute! Also, there’s a facing on the back of the shorts: just in case someone sees the inside, they won’t see the other side of your fabric 🙂
What I would do differently next time: Well clearly these are too big, so I’d make a smaller size. (Spoiler alert: I already did this and they’re perfect. You’ll just have to tune in later this week!)
Alterations: The waist was a bit too large, so to compensate I added a button in the back, and overlapped the waistband about an inch.
Recommended? OMG YES. First, let me say that I am in love with papercut patterns as a whole. Yes, they are a bit pricey, and yes you do have to patiently wait for them to arrive from New Zealand, but they are so worth it! When you take into consideration the shipping is free worldwide, the price is really reasonable. Second, they are drafted to perfection. The seam allowance is smaller than the standard 5/8inch, so keep that in mind when you cut! I had zero issues putting these together, and they took about 2 hours for me to cut and sew. That’s it! This version is a bit big, but my second version fits perfectly. No alterations. I’ll say it again: no alterations! That’s kind of a big deal when you think about all the pants fitting issues people are always having. I’m afraid of pants, but that’s another story… Third, they come in really awesome packaging, and are printed on sturdy paper, not flimsy tissue, so they’ll last forever and ever. Go get yourself some papercut patterns, people. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
Do you think the sewing gods work like the tooth fairy? WE MUST FIND OUT!