Workin’ On It: Iris Shorts

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re all well!  I’ve been having so much fun reading your comments on the Colette giveaway post (and I can’t wait to draw a winner!)!

So cute... but so tiny. 😦

Guys.  The Iris shorts have been soooo fun to put together!  I’ve been working on a muslin in every spare moment after work, and they were really looking cute!  I attached the waistband last night and… they’re way too tight to close around my waist!!  Waaaayyyy too tight.  I started muttering about the pattern drafting and stomping around the house until, just for fun, I decided to measure my waist AND… turns out I’ve added about 1 1/2″ inches to my waistline since I last measured myself.  NOOOOOOOOOO!  I guess it’s a relief that the error is on my end and not the pattern’s, but… I guess I will have to quit eating so many bagels!  So sad (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two last night…).

So yeah.  I’ll be cutting out a new muslin in a larger size (just to make sure it fits!).  And word to the wise, gals– bust out that tape measure every time you start a new project!

What are you guys working on?  Any fun weekend plans?  I’ll be frantically writing tonight for my last class tomorrow, then revising like crazy for my showcase Sunday evening, so I won’t have too much time to work on the shorts.  But I should have lots more free time after this weekend!

30 responses

  1. I am horrible about measuring myself when I start a project and have been a bit surprised during a few constructions. Lack of measuring or mismeasuring is definitely a damper. But I am glad you didn’t hurt any pretty fabric in finding out your error!

    Can’t wait to see your Iris shorts.


  2. I cant wait to see these finished up ! They are too cute ! I snapped up all three of the new patterns, I could not help myself and I am looking forward to making the shorts the most. Always a good idea to measure, especially as the female body can change a fair bit even over the course of a month. I am going to keep an eye out for these shorts to be finished ! xx


  3. Sorry to hear about your measurement upset, but don’t worry! At least you know what happened and it’s not some big mystery! You’re on track to cute shorts!! (If it makes you feel better I recently cut and made a bodice muslin that was way too small, so join the club 🙂 )


  4. I have only made a couple pair of shorts in my sewing endeavors so I’m looking forward to how yours turn out! I’ve got my eyes on a couple shorts patterns including this one


  5. Things like that are such a downer!!!!! But when you get the shorts fitting you and looking just right, no one will know, you’ll look and feel a million dollars. It’s only when you try to squeeze into the wrong size that you look like you’ve grown!


  6. Ah so cute!! Man… I hate when you go through the trouble to make a muslin and it doesn’t fit – I mean, that’s why you make the muslin in the first place (because its WAY more disappointing when you go through the trouble to ACTUALLY make the shorts and they don’t fit!!) but still… In my head I feel like just me making the muslin is enough and I should be rewarded with everything fitting correctly so I can move on to the good stuff. Sigh. Never works like that.

    Good luck with muslin #2!! Can’t wait to see the finished pair!


    • I know, right? I always hope that the muslin will just magically fit! I’ve been struggling a lot lately with fixing fitting issues– the second muslin never seems to come out right! Ugh! I’m really not sure how to get better at fitting…


  7. ginger, this was too funny.

    you have your bagel! especially if you like the way you look and feel. i did away with scales years ago, because weight shifts and numbers don’t tell you where they go. damn our need for tape measures

    that said, i need to get my ass to the gym.


  8. The pants look great so far (as good as a muslin can look, I guess). I can’t wait to see how they turn out. And who cares if you added 1 1/2″, as long as you feel good and are happy. That’s all that matters!


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