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Drawstring Shorts: McCall’s 7364

Another pair of shorts! So far, I’ve been sticking to my goal of using up my fabric and pattern stash. I bought both fabric and pattern in 2016! Wow, 5 years ago. I finally used both to make drawstring shorts.

The pattern I used was McCall’s 7364. The fabric is from Joann and is a cotton lawn. I only bought one yard of fabric, I don’t know why, but most likely it’s because I was new to sewing at the time and did an impulse buy. I bought the pattern in 2016 as well but never opened it or used it until now. This is actually my first time learning how to make drawstring shorts. It was easy and fun.

McCall’s 7364 is described as below waist shorts. There is also an option to make straight-leg pants. You will need to purchase drawstring. I made view A which are the shorts with rolled hem. The wrong side shows when you roll up the shorts. . There are options for side-seam, side-front and back patch pockets. I only made the side front pockets for my shorts and opted out of the back patch pockets.

Fabric recommendations are cotton blends, linen, chambray, challis and denim since this pattern is designed for medium-weight woven fabrics. I used a cotton lawn and it was not of medium weight. It was light weight and I see a difference. It looks more like pajama shorts than going out shorts. I still wore them out, lol.

The instructions were easy to follow. The pattern is designed for a beginner.

Design changes that I made is that instead of using a purchased drawstring, I made 1/2 inch bias tape using the same fabric and used that as the drawstring.

Comfy, flowy, cool summer shorts. Happy Sewing!

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Gingham Shorts: McCall’s 8099

I’m getting ready for shorts season. I made these shorts during Me Made May. The pattern I used was McCall’s 8099 also known as #LinaMcCalls.

The recommended fabrics for this pattern are twill, poplin, cotton blends and denim. I used a gingham tropical suiting that I purchased from Fabric.com.

There were a few modifications that I made. First, I didn’t add the button closure on the sides to hold up the rolled part of the shorts. It didn’t work out because I am terrible at making buttonholes. It’s too bad because that was my favorite part of the pattern. Oh well, next time. I also shortened the length since I was not rolling up the shorts.

I really like the way the side front pockets look on these shorts. I also like the way the waistband looks. For the waistband, the pattern calls for 1 1/2 inch elastic so it’s pretty wide.

Cool and comfortable… Happy Sewing!

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McCall’s 8085- A Simple Summer Dress

One of the goals that I’ve established for myself during Me Made May was to use up my current fabric and pattern stash this year. So far, I’ve been doing a good job. I made a simple summer dress using a pattern and fabric that I bought last year. I bought both pattern and fabric online in June of 2020 since many stores were closed due to the pandemic. Although these have only been in my stash for a year, I still feel like it’s an accomplishment.

I used McCall’s 8085 to make this dress. This pattern is described as a loose-fitting, pull-over dress. There are options for sleeveless, long or short sleeves. There are also length variations and an option for a hemline ruffle.

I chose View C which is a sleeveless, maxi dress. It has a gathered skirt and elasticized waist. This pattern is labeled as very easy. Agreed, this dress was very easy to put together. It’s perfect for the beginner.

Fabric recommendations for this pattern are moderate stretch knits- cotton knits, jersey interlock and rib knits. I used a double brushed knit that I purchased from Fabric.com. I used a yard and a half to make this dress.

It calls for seam binding for the shoulders. I have never used seam binding before but found out it is a narrow strip of fabric used to to cover hems or rough edges or to strengthen seams. I did not have any seam binding so I left this part out and the shoulders seamed to end up o.k.

I really like this pattern and plan to use it again to make the long sleeved version with the hemline ruffle.

Happy Sewing!