Item 1 of the Fall Palette Challenge:
Pattern: Vogue 2883 (OOP)
Pattern Description: Wide-legged shorts with pockets
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 12-14-16, I made a size 16 with no alterations
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very much.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was trying to copy a pair of shorts I had seen, the Settler shorts (see left) by Rachel Comey. Looking at this pattern, which I originally bought in the early 90s, I noticed that the shorts might fit the bill. Strangely, I couldn't find one current Big 4 pattern with similar shorts at all.
Fabric Used: Sew Classics brown heather solid suiting $6.99 per yard from Jo-Ann Fabrics, Coats & Clark thread in Twig that perfectly matches the fabric, a matching zipper, and 1 1/4" waistband interfacing that I already had (score!).
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I only made one change, I didn't like the spacing of the front pleats and did them my own way, otherwise the pattern worked out fine.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would. Next time perhaps in a lightweight corduroy or a more silky fabric.
Conclusion: Great feminine shorts with the ease of a skirt and the practicality of pants.
Rachel Comey image from Totokaelo.com