Greeting’s sewers. Now if you were ever in doubt – Katy and Laney’s new Tap Shorts pattern is brilliant, and a must sew. Not usually a big fan of short shorts, I bit the bullet and I don’t regret a thing.
How easy were they to make you ask? I’m pretty sure I would have whipped them up in about 3-4 hours had I not decided to make them late at night when I was super tired, and therefore mucking up the side zipper. Three times.. Long live whoever invented the seam ripper, that’s all I’ve got to say. For my first pair, I decided to go with the deep pleats on the front, and forego the welt pockets.
And how about sizing? Great. Having a relatively generous booty, I was a bit hesitant as to which size I would make. Having learned the brilliancy of making a muslin when I made my midsummer Flora, I quickly mocked up a size 10, which proved way too big. So I ended up going for a straight size 8, no alterations made.
It’s actually only now, when I look at these photo’s, that I realise I should probably have graded the size around the hips to a size 10 – as the front pleat is pulling a little bit. BUT nothing a bit of clever pressing can’t solve!
I really love this fabric and the pixel inspired print – a find at Walthamstow market (£3/m) at the much loved stall outside Sainsbury’s. I’m starting to think there is little point in buying any fabric elsewhere. It’s a really odd material which stupidly forgot to ask what it was. Definitely not made of natural fibres, as it doesn’t wrinkle at all. It frays like a bugger, so I decided to french seam it throughout. Looks so much nicer as well! I also used bias binding for the hem – definitely my favourite method as it’s another opportunity to add a bit of colour. Finally – I decided to hand stitch the waistband, which is a first for me. Really pleased with the neat results – will definitely stick to this method going forward.
The best thing about this project was how much I learned doing it. You can tell that Katy and Laney have really thought through the instructions carefully, and they not only explain what to do, but also why. Which is excellent when you’re a relative beginner.
If you haven’t started yours yet, don’t miss their sewalong that has just started!
- Pattern: Katy and Laney’s Tap Shorts pattern – £7.50
- Main fabric: £3/m from Walthamstow market – £4.5
- Bias binding for the hem – 50p
- Thread and zipper – £3.50
Time: About 5-6 hours