McCalls 6083

I must confess, I am still clearly in the scuba-obsessed phase, so here we have a new creation using this amazing fabric. Although totally weather inappropriate, and believe me, I absolutely felt that during the photo shoot earlier today, I love them!

High Waist Scuba Shorts 1

They sprung from my pile of UFO that accumulated during the wedding dress madness and I’ve been  umm-ing and err-ing for a while as to the final product. Initially, I wanted to make them into a playsuit with a corset top, but then decided to have them as short and a separate top, so I can wear them either together or as separates. The corset will make an appearance on the blog very soon as well.

So here are de deets:

I used a TNT pattern by now, McCalls 6083 (just the bottom part). I removed a good 20 cm from both the front and the back, to make them much more hip-hugging. I also added a wide waistband and redrafted the hip curve to make them much tighter. Because of the stretch of the scuba, darts were not necessary.

High Waist Scuba Shorts 2

The fabric is a heavy weight scuba, I got from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, while I was at the Knit and Stitch Show at Olympia back in March.I think ti was about £4 and I used maybe 0.5m. It’s quite thick and spongy, but which sews like a dream on both overlocked and regular sewing machine. It does need a bit of coaxing on the pressing side, but using the clapper helps.

High Waist Scuba Shorts 8

The original pattern had an elasticated waistband, so I had to add a zipper to the centre back. I have yet to master the side zipper with pockets, so went for what I know. Normally, I would have used an invisible zipper, as I find them so much easier to insert, but I realised that I didn’t have any available. It was 11 at night and I just couldn’t wait until the next day to go to the shop and get one. So I had to use a regular centred zipper and, as per expected, it was hell. Had to unpick twice, but it sort of worked out in the end, with a lot of pressing. Not the best zipper ever, but hey ho…


High Waist Scuba Shorts 15-2

Not a whole lot more to say about the make, it came together really easily. I used my Pfaff Coverlock 3.0 to finish the hems. I just love the neat, even finish it provides!

High Waist Scuba Shorts 15

Overall, a really cute pair of shorts that I think I can get away with wearing during winter as well as when the weather gets warmer. I styled them with a chiffon blouse that I think works well with the high waist, but I have a Briar t-shirt planned, the cropped version, which could also work nicely, maybe with over the knee boots instead of heels.

High Waist Scuba Shorts 9






    • Alex
      7 December 2015 / 11:18 AM

      Thank you, I really do love them to bits! 😍

  1. 7 December 2015 / 7:55 AM

    Lovely, lovely shorts. I can totally see you wearing these on a mild day in the winter and they will be fabulous for trans-seasonal wear!

    • Alex
      7 December 2015 / 11:18 AM

      Thanks Sue! I am looking forward to those mild days! Lucky you for heading into summer!! ☀️

      • 7 December 2015 / 11:27 AM

        Except I’m going to New York tonight, then Iceland so I’ll be freezing for the next month!!

  2. SEWWITHME sewing classes
    7 December 2015 / 2:58 PM

    thumbs up, my dear

    • Alex
      7 December 2015 / 3:01 PM

      Hey Helen, hope you’re well!! Thank you 😘

  3. corrineappleby
    8 December 2015 / 11:59 PM

    These look great! Did you make the corset out of scuba? I’m intrigued!

    • Alex
      9 December 2015 / 7:50 AM

      Now, when I say corset, what I actually mean is a bustier, admittedly, with some boning, but nowhere near the real thing 😁. It still needs the zipper put in, but I had to stop to work on a dress for a Christmas party this weekend. Glad you like the shorts 🙂.

  4. corrineappleby
    9 December 2015 / 11:39 PM

    Ah! I look forward to seeing it!

    • Alex
      14 December 2015 / 10:12 PM

      Thanks Linda! I really love them, even my husband approved 🙂

  5. 28 April 2016 / 3:47 PM

    Fabulous…love it..

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