Today’s blog is all about the new Hermosa Shorts by Itch to Stitch Designs. I had the opportunity to test this pattern this past week and am excited to share with you my project!
The Hermosa Shorts are a high-waisted short with 3 different length options, a wide contour waistband and patch pockets on front and back. They include instructions for a fly zipper or a buttoned fly.
I sewed the longest length with the buttoned fly, using fabric I purchased at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco last year. I purchased their only denim with stretch, and it’s about 15%, which ended up being perfect for these shorts.
The length I sewed was 10″. I didn’t adjust much for height (only removing 1/2″) because I wanted the shorts to end right above my knee. I wasn’t sure how I would like a buttoned fly. I am happy to report that I had no buttonhole mishaps and I (mostly) positioned the jeans buttons in the right spots. I also removed 1/4″ from the rise. I omitted the slits on the sides.
One thing I didn’t account for is how the stiffness of the fabric would affect the look of the shorts. I had some fit issues in the back that I think are more noticeable in a stiff fabric. Next time I will scoop out the crotch more (thanks to my utterly low seat!) and I will apply a fish eye adjustment just below the fullest part of the bum.
I have a flat seat, but I still have fit issues after I do a standard flat seat adjustment. Nicole (one of the other testers) showed me how doing a fish eye adjustment could remove fullness below the bum – I SURE NEED IT!
I found another blog post that explains the fish eye adjustment here.
I was nervous how a high-waisted jean would feel because I don’t like tight things on my tummy. One of my little tricks (I learned from Emily) is that instead of using twill tape at the top of my waistband, I use clear elastic. It adds just a little bit of give at the top of the waistband while keeping the shape of the waistband.
Have a good week, friends!