These shorts aren't new here on the blog, I made them over a year ago and have worn them a zillion times since, although not for Me-Made-March yet. Since this version here was my first attempt at this now fairly well-worn pattern, and the only time I've made them up exactly to pattern I thought it was high time to review it... albeit belatedly. The review I submitted to Pattern Review is below, if you're interested.
Incidentally the shirt is another of my most-used patterns, Burda 7767 that I've made up possibly a dozen times now (?I think?), and also the first cab-off-the-rank from this pattern and the only version made up exactly to this pattern too!! Hehe, it's pretty rare for me to stick identically to a pattern the second or more times around... and not introduce little variations and/or improvements (that's debatable...) for subsequent garments. Not always fabulously successful alterations, I hasten to point out... but that's the beauty of being handy with a needle, if you're not completely happy you can take steps. Like I did yesterday...
Shirt; Burda 7767, pink linen with navy blue top-stitching and buttons, close-up details here, my review of this pattern here
Shorts; Burda 7723, white linen, close-up details here
Thongs; Mountain Design
Nail varnish; Glamourpuss, BYS
High-waisted shorts; with double pleated front, fly front, front slanted pockets. There is included as well patterns for a pair of trousers, and two variations of a jacket.
European 34-44 (8-18) I made up a straight size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love just about everything about this pattern! The pattern is very well drafted and goes together easily and well. The pockets are generous and deep, and the double pleated front allows enough fabric fullness for you to shove your hands down deep in those pockets with plenty of room.
Some very very minor issues; it doesn't have a zip placket, but this is a super easy feature to add yourself. Also the waistband is not shaped, so subsequent times I've made up this pattern I've sewn a diagonal joining seam in the centre back of the waistband to accommodate my sway-back.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added rear patch pockets. Subsequent times I've made up this pattern, I've lengthened and flared the legs slightly, added the aforementioned zip placket, and for one version re-drafted the front piece to eliminate the front pleats, as I was using heavily embroidered fabric and wished to avoid the extra bulk of the pleats.
As mentioned above, I've sewn the centre back seam of the waistband with a diagonal seam, to accommodate a swayback.
The waistband is designed to be a double width, that folds in on itself to form its own facing; for two versions of these shorts using bulkier fabric I joined a strip of fashion fabric to a strip of thinner cotton fabric to become the inner facing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've sewn this shorts pattern up four times now. It is my tried and true go-to shorts pattern. I highly recommend this pattern!
Absolutely, this is one of my favourite patterns that I turn to first when I'm considering a pair of shorts. I think the shape is very flattering and I love the wide waistband, that sits firmly and securely up high on the waist, holding everything in.