When the sun’s out, so are my legs! No wolf whistling please!
Anyway, I don’t shy away from shorts, even short shorts. After all, I find them extremely comfortable during hot weather and great for some extra tan. I have a few shorts pattern ranging from short shorts, tailored shorts and wide hem shorts but realised that I am missing a pattern for some formal shorts. Bermuda shorts as some would call it. Ones that sits an inch from the knee and in my case, sits high on the waist.
When I think about Bermuda shorts, I immediately think about those shorts that the British Army wore in hot climates during the Second World War. I call them Colonial shorts as seen in pictures of military officers in India and South East Asia during the 40s and 50s. I think I vaguely remember seeing pictures of them in the museum when I went back to Malaysia.
Looking at all my shorts patterns, I realised that all of them are pretty, well, short. In order to create a pattern for some proper dress shorts, I altered my high waisted trousers and chopped them off at the knee. After all, the shape was what I wanted so there was no point in drafting something new when the pattern is already there.
I chose a beige coloured fabric that I had left over from previous projects. I thought this best represented the look I was going for.
Sewing would have been a piece of cake had it not been for the fact that the thread I was using was disappearing fast as I was sewing. Just my luck when it comes to things like this and I didn’t have any spare thread of that colour. Eventually I had to swap between using a white thread on the underneath. I could have gone and bought another spool but my local haberdashery shop has closed down and I had to trek all the way to the nearest town or buy it online, both which wasn’t feasible at the moment.
When I finished sewing the shorts, I realised that I had made a mistake or rather failed to check my patterns as the front pattern was 1 cm longer that the back pattern. I always tell people to check their patterns and seeing that I blatantly forgot about it was tantamount to a pattern cutting crime.
Wrist slapping aside, I finished this pair of shorts and wore it on a trip to the seaside. I do have to say that it’s either that my preference has changed or just the fact that I am getting older but I find these shorts really comfortable. They do have a resemblance to what pensioners wear but then again, I’m sure they have more experience in fashion that me!
I was tempted to make another pair but rummaging around the supplies box yielded nothing, so on a trip to London, I went to the clearance section of the fabric shop to see if I could find the type of fabric I wanted. I managed to get a remnant heavy weight fabric in army green and replicated these shorts. However, I changed the direction of the pleats because I was wary of how the shorts bulged out in the front.
Spot the difference? I also sewed the belt loops a bit lower as I wanted the waist band to show a little.
Anyway, I’ll end this post with a picture of me sitting on my campaign chair in my Sunday best (shorts included) sipping a G&T (Ok! Too early for that. It’s just water; iced, mind you).
The shorts are fabulous, the socks? er, no. C’mon now, not with ‘formal’ shorts. I am vinidcated in my opinion by this article https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/should-men-wear-shorts-and-socks_n_577d6970e4b0344d514dc6b5?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9jb25zZW50LnlhaG9vLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAJwW2a9MJ7e5ZNM4ju1Fb8vHtE79DxMd9fk1HO4ShAiMjV5HFsLrabDVaxb2Bq573eQicB7CJvc4sb0KK8EsnvPW7CH744Vj3WU6ItVsGu6LBbTq6RRboIpDWjmbinf4fi2nV8g0Pd4od_DyOeBWEPM-JNuQcpu9phcWHHjwOpL
LOVE the shorts though
Ah! I have to disagree with you about the socks. Fashion is a form of expression and experimentation. Like I tell my students, once we say no, the magic is gone. Even bad taste can be horribly good! Hilarious comment at the bottom of the article you posted though!
lol maybe it’s a Brit thing, we have a horror of socks, maybe over-used in our old comedies? https://davidcroft.co.uk/assets/images/img/sml/ahhmB01_l.jpg
Love the socks and shorts combo in that picture! Lol!
I meant to add this image https://davidcroft.co.uk/assets/images/img/sml/ahhmB01_l.jpg
Thanks for posting your creatioins. I really enjoy reading them. Best. David.