The funny thing about these is that during one of my regular stash sort-throughs, I had picked up this bit of fabric, shaken it out, sized it up, done one of those quick mental assessments (I'm sure you're familiar with that) and designated it as a new pair of Burda 7723 shorts. That was months ago. Then distraction had set in (I'm sure you're all familiar with that too) and I had all but forgotten about it.
It was only until this week, doing the one-week-one-pattern challenge, and I was starting to wonder which Burda 7723 thing I would wear today, which would be the privileged "double-up", so to speak, thus marking it as my favourite, when that potential pair of shorts suddenly popped into my head again. Of course! Now was the time.... I made these over the past few days, just in time to be included in the week of Burda 7723's.
The fabric is very lovely, a very soft linen/cotton mix that crinkles up beautifully from Fabulous Fabrics, with a woven-in pinstripe of motley charcoal and ivory giving the fabric a gentle overall hue of variegated warm grey. The pieces are the leftovers from this dress (which was transformed into a mini later and given to Cassie, giving me some more fabric to play with) and we had bought even more of this fabric later for Cassie to make herself a pair of trousers, so there were some leftovers from that project too. Just enough for me to squeeze out the pieces for this fantastic pattern.
These shorts are pretty much made straight up to the pattern, except that they have back patch pockets and are flared just slightly. Also I incorporated a French fly, after reading and giving some thought to the Waves series on the superior finishes often evident in menswear and lacking in womenswear. Thinking about it made me decide to have a go at working out how to put in a French fly.
I checked out some of Craig's really good suit trousers to get the general idea, and adapted the bare bones of the French fly principle to fit into my own pattern. I did take some pictures during the process so I can do a tutorial if anyone is interested...?
The French fly performs the same duty as a waist stay. Actually, it is the very same principle... I know you cannot see any difference on the outside of the shorts, but I do feel like everything feels beautifully firm and pulled in. What is more, the front of the shorts does sit a lot better with the French fly in place. I've always thought the area right above the zip pull (meaning that bit you grab to pull the zip down) is the weak point on a pair of trousers/shorts. The little bump of that zip pull, and the small empty space above it and just below the waistband, combined with the fact it is sitting right at the junction of zip/waistband where all the wearing strain is, often causes the shorts to bulge or gape a teensy bit at this point. Having the French fly has pulled the shorts in nice and firmly right underneath that zip pull, taking the strain off at that spot and allowing the flap of the fly to sit down flat in a more relaxed way.
Shorts; Burda 7723, grey linen/cotton mix
Top; my own design, embroidered and cut-out ivory linen
Camisole (underneath); Country Road
Shorts; Bronx from Zomp shoes