Behold! I sewed something for someone else! These shorts were a birthday gift for my husband (I got them done only one week too late.) I used a pattern from a company I've never sewn with before, Green Pepper. They have a line of outwear/activewear-- the designs are generally more functional then fashionable... but I must say I do like this particular design. I made these from the Sunset Bay Cargo Shorts & Zip Leg Pants pattern. I ordered both the pattern and fabric from Rockywoods in Colorado, a really great source for technical fabrics (they have UnderArmour fabric here for my running clothes I sew!) and activewear patterns for outdoor enthusiasts. My fabric is a navy Supplex, a water repellent nylon with a UPF 30 rating (it's sun protective... nifty!) It's commonly used for men's swimming trunks, it's that slippery, very tightly woven material.
**I've recommended Supplex in the past for running garb... that stuff for my running tops/tights/bras are a KNIT with spandex/lycra... this Supplex for these shorts is a WOVEN with no spandex/lycra. Supplex is simply the company's name brand, they have various fabrics. So make sure you know which kind you are buying for your garments.
First off, the pattern was really great to work with!! They have excellent detailed directions AND illustrations. It's printed on a heavier weight paper-- not tissue. I went ahead and cut out all of the paper pattern pieces that were one-size (the pockets, the flaps, belt loops, etc.) but traced out the size specific main leg piece. This way I can easily re-use the pattern for various sizes i the future for other man shorts. I cut right in the middle of Medium and Large so it could fit a size 35 men's waist.
The materials list forgets a few bits of info. It doesn't list that you need a snap (I used a button from my stash) and it also doesn't say you only need three 7" zippers for the shorts... I assumed I needed all the listed zippers for all those crazy pockets. Nope, no need for the 9" zippers for the shorts. Plus it doesn't list the lanyard you need for the inside of one of the pockets. I did't put a lanyard in these, I know my husband wouldn't ever use it.
There are some nice details in the design. They are very RTW looking... I'm pretty sure that's what most men want in handmade clothes from their wives. There is a gusset in between the legs to help prevent wear and tear over time. We've got a boatload of top-stitching everywhere. The front pockets have gussets, giving them more depth.
I had a bit of a hiccup with the directions when I got to the fly. I haven't sewn a zip fly in sometime. It was clearly spelled out but I felt a little confused with the illustration... to be honest I spent all my sewing time with these late at night when my brain is a bit foggier. So I made sure to wear a pair of jeans one night to copy what I saw on my own garment. Easy enough.
And I did get said gentleman to fashion the shorts for us here on the internet. They are a really good fit! I made ZERO alterations. Geeez, men have so many less fitting issues!!!! If I made shorts straight from a pattern with zero alterations, they'd be a hot mess on me.
So many pockets! When we go camping he can shove all sorts of GORP in them for the hikes. (GORP= Go Old Raisins and Peanuts.) He said he liked the belt loops, he's a wearer of belts all the time. They look a little bunched up in back in the rear photo... but they are not at all in real life, they lay nicely on him. I took exactly four photos of him in the shorts, so I limited myself to just this posterior shot.
I did promise to make him a nice winter coat this year. I am thinking he'd like Thread Theory's Goldstream Peacoat. I wonder if I can find a nice beige/lighter color/brownish wool over the summer at a good price. We have orange and white cats and his old winter coat is a navy blue wool which attracts light color cat hair like crazy. Anyone know of some nice lighter colored wool at a good price for his man coat, let me know!