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Sewaholic Thurlow Shorts… FINALLY!

How long have I been saying I would make the Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers/Shorts? 5 years? more? I lost track, but I am here today to proclaim, “I FINALLY DID IT!”

And let me tell you – I was on the struggle bus for the majority of these shorts. I don’t know what it is about me sewing a Sewaholic pattern for the first time and somehow having a pattern piece that is too small or some other misfortune, but it stayed with me throughout this make. There was a moment where I interfaced and sewed the wrong part of the waistband on… and didn’t realize until AFTER I graded the seams… oh, boy! Not to mention my ~old~ machine acting up every few minutes… yeah, it definitely wasn’t fun.

BUT I did it! It’s not perfect, but it’s wearable and comfortable, and that’s a good 2 out of 3.

The fabric is a navy medium bottom weight of some sort that was given to me by my mother-in-law from a friend who was cleaning out her fabric stash. It was the perfect fabric to try a new pattern since you can’t beat free! I sewed a size 10 but took in the outside seams 7/8-inch. I also tapered in the legs and removed the part to cuff because… well… honestly I couldn’t wrap my head around the cuff instructions. I am SEW out of practice. Har harrrr.

One thing I did like about these shorts is that you sew the back center seam last so you can fit it perfectly to your back waist curve. My booty pokes out pretty far from my waist, so I always have to adjust this part in any pants pattern.

BUT when I was finishing the waistband, the shorts somehow decided to wrinkle at the back. I ripped it out and tried again. The wrinkles stayed.

And, uh, let’s not pay attention to the wedgie, shall we? ^_^;

But it looks pretty good from the front and sides!

Despite all of the hair-pulling and aggravation, these turned out well enough. I wore them a lot at the beginning of quarantine since they’re so comfy. (I have now downgraded to pajamas 24/7 because that’s what you do when there’s no end to quarantine in sight!) I made sure to un-tuck my shirt, though, so the sad wrinkles and wedgie at the back were less noticeable.

I would really like to make the pants version in a nice suiting fabric for when I need more office pants… whenever that will be, HA! Sewaholic bottom patterns are usually a hit with me since their sizes are basically an exact match of my waist to hip ratio.

I used this M’Liss fleur de lis cotton fabric for the inside, just like this pair of navy linen Lander Shorts I made. I guess I subconsciously like a navy/black and white fleur de lis combo.

On a side note, I just tried to find more of this M’Liss fabric online since it’s a hit with family and friends for masks and I ran out. I’m sad to say during my research, I found out that M’Liss Rae Hawley passed away last year. My condolences to her family and friends. 😦

This was my first time sewing welt pockets and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be! I followed the Thurlow Sewalong from Lladybird, which was a godsend. I would follow her recommendation of making the pocket bags longer in the back. You definitely can’t fit more than half your fingers in these pockets.

Oh, and I just realized that my shirt is also a Sewaholic pattern! I blogged about it here, but this sleeveless version of the Granville Shirt always gets compliments and is great to wear in the summer when I’m tired of wearing the same 4 t-shirts and I want to look slightly more fancy.

I feel like my past couple of makes have been ~ok~ but not quite there. I think that’s part of the process of sewing, no matter how long you have been doing it. Not everything can be a 100% winner, but I guess that’s why we’re supposed to make muslins first, right? Here’s hoping my next Thurlows will have me head over heels. Or at least wrinkle and wedgie free…

Have you made the Thurlows? How was your experience? Does anyone else out there secretly-but-not-so-secretly wish Sewaholic would come out with new patterns, too? (I miss you, Tasia!)

-RED

8 thoughts on “Sewaholic Thurlow Shorts… FINALLY!

  1. Congratulations on tackling a long-awaited sewing project! I’ve finally started cutting into fabrics that I’d inadvertently stashed 4–5 years ago—I’d intended to use many of them right away, then didn’t, LOL—so I’m sharing that sense of triumph about just doing the thing already. Your welt pockets look great, and it’s reassuring to know they’re not as scary as they’re sometimes made out to be. Sewaholic’s fit model won’t work for my shape, but I definitely miss seeing what their patterns bring to the indie landscape. Fingers crossed your next pair of Thurlows are even better!

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  2. Congratulations on tackling a long-awaited sewing project! I’ve finally started cutting into fabrics that I’d inadvertently stashed 4–5 years ago—I’d intended to use many of them right away, then didn’t, LOL—so I’m sharing that sense of triumph about just doing the thing already. Your welt pockets look great, and it’s reassuring to know they’re not as scary as they’re sometimes made out to be. Sewaholic’s fit model won’t work for my shape, but I definitely miss seeing what their patterns bring to the indie landscape. Good luck with your next pair of Thurlows!

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    1. Thank you! Good luck on getting through your fabric stash! I stopped buying new fabric a while ago, so I need to get through my few-year-old stash, too… so I can begin buying fabric again. 😉 In the meantime, I’ll settle for window shopping pretty fabric at my local Joann’s!

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    1. Yes! Sewaholic was one of the original indie pattern companies and their patterns have aged so well since they are classics. I still have yet to make the Davie Dress from them, but it’s on my to-do list…. maybe I can get it done before 2025, lol!

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