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« on: January 11, 2013 03:02:30 AM »

I live in Australia and we're getting some really hot temperatures here so my default outfit at the moment is shorts and a t-shirt.  All of my shorts are camos and I think are a bit dressed-down.  I'm looking to make some new shorts as a sewing project, and I'm not sure if it's possible, but am aiming to make some that look fairly dressy but aren't too hard to make.

In terms of the shorts looking dressy I'm pretty dumb with style and fashion so I'm wanting some guidance on what styles are dressy - should I look for a pattern that includes pleats, a fly, a printed fabric, decorative trimmings?  If yes to the fly - would you advise against attempting this for someone who has never sewn a zip into anything before?
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013 05:05:32 AM »

There's this kind of pattern where the waist is big and you wear a belt http://www.amazon.com/McCalls-Sewing-Pattern-Pants-Shorts/dp/B0047LWEOS or this one where you make a front flap and it buttons at the top http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/45297#.UPANuqx5fGw

Can't advise if you should try a zip or not, depends on how much you want to learn vs. the urgent need for more shorts!

« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013 11:25:57 AM »

Thanks CraftyChef.  I'm really taken with the Kwik Sew 3854 pattern with the button up front flap.  I think they look classy and not too complicated for me to attempt.  It looks like they have a high waist - I'm wondering if these sorts of pattern come with both high and low waist options?  I'm not sure from looking at it if a low waist would look as good but prefer low waisted pants if possible.
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