Round three of the Perfect Pattern Parcel is all over the blogisphere and it was fun to participate again. I had a hard time choosing which one to sew up this time, but finally decided on the prefontaine shorts pattern as I have been seeing a lot of similar silhouettes in ready to wear. I liked the idea of dressing them up a bit so instead of making a really casual track short I made a more flowy everyday version.
To achieve this I used a more silky fabric instead of cotton. I went with this beautiful rayon challis from wanderlust as it is easier to wash and wear than silk, but still has the same movement. I really love the fabric. The watercolor type print is so fun and on trend. Plus in a little short it seems less shocking than a dress or pant so I find it easier to wear.
I also made a few adjustments to the pattern. First I went up 2 sizes to have more gathering and movement to the shorts. I think it was the right call although I could have probably went up just one size and been fine. I also omitted the bias tape and just turned it under 1/4" instead. I knew this would change the fit a bit of the short but because of the extra sizing I thought I would be OK and it worked out fine. I also added an extra pocket piece to have a full pocket lining instead of just sewing it to the front short. I just thought it looked dressier.
That's it. Love the shorts and how versatile they are. I like that I can wear them around town or as a coverup to the pool. I think they will get a ton of wear this summer. If you want to check out all of the patterns in the perfect pattern parcel #3, learn more about it, or purchase click here. You not only get some awesome patterns, but you also get to choose your price and support an worthwhile charity. *disclaimer - the patterns included in pattern parcel #3 were provided to me free of charge, but as always the opinions in this post are mine.