pattern testing: the clemence shorts

clemenceblog186The newest pattern from Filles a Maman is here and now available in her shop!  I tested the Clemence Shorts a few weeks ago, putting my name in the testing hat on a whim.  I’ve tested for Mel before, and she is such a sweetheart.  I loved how it was set up too, we could sign up for different jobs, from proofreading,
to helping her translate directions (she speaks French), to first or second round of testing.  It made me think of Jennifer’s “Kinds of Testers” post.  I’m definitely a sit back and sew at the end kind of girl.  Heh.  I am actually surprised that people signed up for anything BUT that, but I guess there are much more altruistic sewers out there.  Ahem.

Anyway, even though the temperatures barely rise out of the teens lately (the forecasted high today is a lovely zero degrees), I loved the look of these shorts.

I sewed them up in some upholstry (I think) fabric my mother-in-law dropped off around a year ago, and they are so sweet.  I love the scalloped detail, and the waistband facing.  I think each of my girls will have a pair or two of these, and for that matter, I kind of want a pair.

clemenceblog183 I think I’m going to try to pipe the scallops on my next pair, although maybe that is trickier than I think it will be.  I have this mini pom pom trim that really would look sweet…

I didn’t make a final decision on how tight to cinch the elastic, so it’s cinched up a bit too tight here, causing a bit of…um…waviness or poufiness in the front that disappeared once I loosened the elastic a bit.


And that’s that…head on over to Filles a Maman if you’d like to see more tester versions!


Are we done yet?


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  • Reply Bryanna Johnson February 23, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Those are pretty cute shorts! I think testing a pattern at any stage is a nice thing to do :)

  • Reply Mie @ Sewing Like Mad February 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    These are so good….and I would looove to see them with piping on the scallops (no pressure, hehe)

  • Reply creativewarmth February 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful work. The style of the shorts is very nice and I think the fabric choice is sport on. I had a laugh with the last picture, because when I attempt to take a picture of my model she always gives me a bit of an attitude.

  • Reply Jenya February 24, 2015 at 5:43 am

    The Are we done yet look… Oh I know it so well!!! The shorts are lovely. I would be interested to see a piped version, pompoms sounds like a fun way to make the scallops stand out too!

  • Reply Teresa February 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    So I’ve seen a few of these pop up and I love them! My girl loves elastic waist shorts, and I love that these look a lot more interesting than just plain shorts! Cute stuff!

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