Thursday, July 12, 2012

Colette Iris Shorts Pattern Review

Even though I haven't been posting much this summer, that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing! I recently finished sewing two pairs of Iris Shorts by Colette Patterns and I going to write up a quick pattern review right here, before I forget how I made the darn things! ;) First...some pics:

Obviously, I chose some super wrinkly cotton fabrics for this project! Both were purchased from Mood Designer Fabrics...I highly recommend them, btw. The Iris pattern recommended pique, poplin, twill, etc...and I went with a striped seersucker and a khaki poplin with tiny chocolate polka dots. If I were to make these shorts again, I'd probably go with a heavier twill fabric instead. The poplin especially is so lightweight that I could've/should've done a lining. Oh well! They'd make better pajama shorts or something, but I digress. Here are the seersucker Iris shorts:
Front view
Back view
Full view

I'm a Colette Patterns size 12, but I cut the waist panels in a size 14 so I could wear the shorts a tad lower on my waist. This is a very high-waisted shorts pattern and, in my opinion, that's not a very flattering look from behind. Making them more "low-rise" seemed to solve that dilemma somewhat.

Also, I noticed the shorts are quite a-line in appearance as they fall around the thigh area. Just a little too full for my taste. So for my second pair in poplin, I used a larger seam allowance from the hip down. As you can see in the following pics, the poplin Iris shorts are more fitted to my shape...
Front view of Iris Shorts in dot poplin
Back view of Iris Shorts in dot poplin

This was my first foray into using a Colette pattern and I'm super pleased with the overall experience! I used their digital pattern so I can print it out again whenever I want. The pattern pieces were easy to use, the instructions were thorough, and the end product is comfy and cute. Best of all, sewing these shorts went pretty fast and everything was straightforward. An advanced beginner could tackle these shorts easily, and even a beginner looking to stretch their skills into working with zippers and interfacing would be fine attempting the Iris shorts. I will definitely use this pattern again, perhaps doing an elastic waist pajama shorts version?? We'll see! :)  


Anonymous July 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

Really cute! You did a great job!

Vanessa July 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

really cute! I have it on my sewing table and I just have to do the invisible zipper! :)

Unknown April 22, 2016 at 7:54 AM  

Just awesome shorts both are. perfect matching. thanks for sharing.
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