Sunday, June 14, 2015

Oceanside Shorts

I made myself some shorts to cope with Bangkok's sweltering heat (we're going on 3 months of unbearable heat now and I am fed up, y'all.)!


These are the Blank Slate Patterns Oceanside Pants and Shorts, which I won from one of the giveaways during Sew Sweetness' Dress Up Party (thanks for the fun blog event and giveaway, ladies!). I made the shorts version in this drapey, super lightweight denim, lengthened by 4 inches from the shorts line to make them knee length.


Unfortunately, my feelings about these shorts are thus: eeeeeeeehhhhhhhh. They are just not the right fit for me and I am not comfortable in them as a result.


My fit issues: the rise is too low all around, but especially in the back- I wore these around the house and every time I bent over my buttcrack was on display. I also don't like the thin elastic + drawstring combo: too stretchy! I can't get the drawstring tight enough, so the pants are always slipping down. I prefer an elastic waist with a drawstring over the elastic, a la the Hudson pant. I also prefer wider elastic at the waist for comfort reasons. I'm also having some weird and unflattering bunching because of the gathered waist, both in the front and the back. Sigh.


I also found some of the instructions to be a bit odd: the pattern suggests making one, uninterfaced buttonhole for the drawstring. I would recommend (and I made) two buttonholes on either side of the center seam, with interfacing to strengthen them. 


Also, the pocket pattern piece is the same for all of the sizes and I found the resulting pockets to be too small. I feel like the pocket should be proportionally bigger for the larger sizes. I strayed away from the pocket design slightly in that I didn't do a two-layered pocket with the little fold-over flap, but rather I folded the pocket inwards at the fold line, tucked all the edges in and topstitched it to the pants. But for my changes I used the seam allowances given for the original pocket method, so it didn't change pocket size.


I wish I liked these more! If the fit had been better for me, I had grand visions of a flowing linen pant version. Oh well, not every pattern works for everybody! 

12 comments:

  1. I've been wondering if I'd like this pattern for some loose linen pants, but the elastic/drawstring situation doesn't sound like a good fit. Thanks for the review, very helpful.

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    1. I don't think it's a bad pattern, per se, it's just not the right fit for me. It seemed to work for others!

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  2. So sorry you had a rough go with this one. I have this one in my stash and I've been dreaming about them in linen too. I have a Burdastyle shorts pattern that fits me really well, so any attempt at Oceanside will not happen until I compare the two patterns. I have a flat backside and cling to my TNTs to help bridge the gap of other people's drafting blocks. I agree about the two buttonholes vs one and the need for elastic all around and drawstring/elastic combo instead of an all in one situation. Pants need to stay in place! Constantly having to retie the drawstring because they won't stay up makes for pants that you ultimately won't wear.

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    1. I probably should have compared the rise to something that fits better on me before cutting! Yeah, I may pull the drawstring out and re-do it, because it just doesn't work for me as is.

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  3. Glad to read your thoughts on the pattern! I've had my eye on it for some time envisioning them as a replacement for my favourite old linen pants that got tossed out two summers ago. Sounds like I should maybe give them a pass. I hate when my pants are too low and because my waist/hip ratio isn't very different I need a good "stable" waist.

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    1. Yeah, I'm sure it works for some people, but not on my body shape, unfortunately!

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  4. Bummer! The fabric looks so cool! This reminds me of the Juba Shorts pattern, which I bet you would like more. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I've got more of the fabric, luckily, because I am a fabric hoader. Maybe I'll try Juba next.

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  5. It's too bad about the waistband! Maybe fixing it will make these shorts wearable asteroid the house? The fabric is so nice, and the pockets are a great touch, it would be a shame to not get use out of them.

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    1. I'll definitely wear them around the house, but probably not outside- noone needs to see my buttcrack ;-)

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