There’s no doubt about it: these are kinda weird. My dear husband politely says they’re “not very flattering”. And yet…and yet, I kinda love ’em!
I have long been an admirer of French pattern company DP Studio, perhaps precisely because their designs are kinda weird and maybe not always that flattering. But the creativity! The cool details! Check out this dress, which I have often dreamed of ordering and sewing! But fear of going too far out of my style comfort zone has stopped me. (Coward!)
These shorts are part of new line of patterns from DP Studio simply called “DP’s”. The line consists of beginner-friendly patterns that are straightforward to make. This is the Belted Short with Pleats, le 3002.
There are no closures except the waist ties; the fronts of the shorts are extra wide so you can get into them, and then you simply tie them up. The waist ties are sewn into a seam about 4 inches in from the side seams, so a pleat forms at those seams and the rest of the fabric you can just arrange into something resembling gathers.
The back is more normal. This is really the only place where fit is key. I think I probably should have sized up, at least on the back pieces, as the side seam pockets strain open a bit when the shorts are tied on. The seam allowances are only 1cm (1/2″) so unfortunately there isn’t much room for fitting adjustments.
I used a gorgeous Essex Linen-Cotton blend in ‘eggplant’ — a bit of a misnomer as these are definitely not dark purple.
I do like the nod to the paper bag waist trend, but on the other hand, all that volume at the front is not for the faint-of-heart (or for the worried-about-a-protruding-belly). I’m not the former, but I am the latter. I can’t decide if this makes the belly look bigger or if it just swallows it up in all that fabric. (Also: I’m sucking it in in these pics. As one does. Of course.)
I think what I like about them is I feel like I’m wearing a sassy mini-skirt but with the care-freedom of shorts. I may not look like a million bucks in them, but I feel like at least five hundred and eighty six thousand bucks.
I’m wearing this with my Chai Tee in a light grey marl, which I see just looks like an old white shirt that’s been through the wash way too many times in these pics. lol.
While I was at it, I ordered a couple of other patterns from DP Studio that I’m excited to try. Winter’s coming…I should get on that coat NOW.
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