10.3.09

Columbia Shorts - Part 2 (Pattern)

Shorts (in Progress) Transfering copy

Once you've chosen a pattern, I recommend transferring it onto regular weight paper to work with. It's easier if you plan out your stripes in advance - consider their width and spacing. The placement of the stripes (but not the color order) is mirror-image on the front pieces, and back pieces respectively. I use 3/8" and 5/8" satin ribbon, though it's my belief all the ribbons are 5/8" width, and the narrow ones are simply the wide ribbons folded over because they only have one selvege.

Shorts (in Progress) Gluing

When placing your stripes, I recommend gluing them down before stitching. They'll be straighter and won't shift around as you sew. You'll need to match your thread to your ribbon color. I find it easier to position all the ribbons, then sew them all on by color (so you aren't rethreading the machine & bobbin so much).

Shorts (in Progress) Ribbons

5 comments:

  1. "I use 3/8" and 5/8" satin ribbon, though it's my belief that her shorts"
    Her shorts what? I think you were going to say the measurements, but what are they?

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  2. LOL, sorry - I'll fix that tomorrow. But yeah, I think they are actually all 5/8" width, and the narrow ones are simply the wide ribbons folded over because they only have one selvege.

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  3. Thanks! Do you know a good (free) pattern I can use or modify for the tailcoat? I've had ZERO luck.

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  4. I decided to make a blog entry about it!
    I prefer McCall's 8701. It's out of print, but you can still order it from their website or find it on eBay.

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