Plus-Size Shorts Pattern Round-Up

I live in the Midwest and summer here is hot as anything and humid to boot! So shorts are required summer wear. Even in October it seems Missouri has temperatures in the 90’s. I am not a fan.

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Now if you have ever bought shorts you know there are many issues to contend with, inseams that are too short or too long, waist bands that dip too low in the front or the back, or I have even tried on shorts that were being sold with a rip in the butt cheek. I’m not shaming anyone for wearing these. I mean, you do you, but the last thing I need is my underwear hanging out of my shorts.

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Purse/Tote Patterns

I’ve never been much of a purse carrier. In fact, most of the time I leave my purse at home and use my phone case as a wallet and then find that I wish I had my chapstick or hand lotion. I only own two purses, one in black and one in navy and the black one is starting to look worse for the wear!

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I haven’t been able to find anything in stores that I like. I really want something that is two-toned. So I have been looking at purse and tote patterns that fit the bill!

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Seamwork Nantucket Shorts

I have been a Seamwork subscriber for quite a while. I like a great deal of their patterns, articles, tutorials, and their inclusivity in their sizing and models. Although, I would love to see a little more consistency in their sizing.

The Nantucket shorts are actually the very first pattern that drew me to Seamwork in a Google search for plus size shorts patterns. What’s funny is that I never made them. I made half a dozen other Seamwork patterns, but never seemed to get around to the Nantucket shorts!

 

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Well, I have finally gone and made them! I had this nice light-weight blue chambray in my stash and thought they would make some nice summer shorts.

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Upcycled Underwear

You guys, I have a problem. I keep my underwear until it basically falls apart and cannot be mended any more. They are threadbare, holey, and the elastic is not attached around most of the waist any longer. It’s a little embarrassing.

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Why? Well, for one I am super thrifty. I hate to buy anything new if what I have is still usable. For instance, my husband bought me a new ebook reader for my birthday, because he hated that I was reading around a crack in my old ebook screen for years. It still worked and I couldn’t bear to get rid of something that was still 90% functional!

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Drafting a Knit Sleeve

When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.

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Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.

My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.

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