Damn right folks, I made another glorious pair of Sarrouel Trousers (aka #diapershorts), and I freaking love them! I don’t know what it is about this crazy style, but I am totally enamored with these shorts. They’re weird, they’re unflattering, but they’re so much fun to sew and wear. I think the reason I love them so much is **because** they’re so unusual and non-traditional. I spend so much of the year bundled up in boring old jeans and layers upon layers of sweaters that I find it really fun and exciting to wear something different for a change.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, I’ve already worn these out and about on the streets of Boston and for a full day of work at the university… and no one said a thing. Really folks, no one cares what you’re wearing, so wear whatever makes you happy! My floral rayon pair has become my favorite summer garment and probably my favorite thing I’ve sewn all year, and I wear them with pride on a regular basis. I’m so glad I now have another crazy pair to add to the rotation. 🙂
Pattern: Sarrouel Trousers (No. 8) from She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada. The pattern is a dropped crotch (harem-style) short with a fly front, slash pockets, and tucks at the hem.
Fabric: Big Love in Primary by Anna Maria Horner, 100% cotton. I wanted a big, bold plaid or stripe to show off the combination of bias and straight-grain pieces in this pattern. Not only does this fabric fit the bill, but it also falls nicely into my color palette and will match with a lot of my existing tops. I would describe the fabric as similar to a shirting – lighter than quilting cotton but not quite a voile. The drape isn’t great, but I wanted a slightly stiffer fabric to really show off the “poofy diaper butt” look of these shorts. I know, I’m crazy, but I love it!
Modifications: I made a size L again (the largest size), but since my floral pair was sitting *just* a bit too low on my hips for my taste, I took a total of 1/2 inch out of the waistband for this pair. To do this, I shaved 1/8 inch off the side seams on the front and back pattern pieces (so 1/4 inch total at each side seam) and took 1/4 inch out of the waistband at each side seam notch. Last time I had added 1.5 inches to the hem of each leg, and although I kept that for this pair, I modified the tucks at the hem a bit (see below).
Level of crafty satisfaction: You already know I love these shorts. LOVE THEM!!
See elsewhere: Apparently I am still the only sewist crazy enough to sew these shorts and post them on the internet. A Google search of “Sarrouel Trousers She Wears the Pants” turns up nothing but my pretty face. LOL. Someone please make these!
I really like how the plaid gets tossed around in all sorts of directions as the bias and straight-grain pieces intersect. I mean, if you’re going to wear such a weird pair of shorts, and in such bright colors, you might as well throw in some crazy plaid action!
As for the back view…
I do think the back view looks better in real life as the shorts are moving with the wearer. And although the dropped crotch look may not be for everyone, it’s pretty darn comfortable to wear! The only fitted part of this garment is the waistband, and the rest of the shorts just hang off the waist. With a 100% cotton, lightweight fabric, they’re a dream to wear on hot, sticky summer days.
I played around with print placement quite a bit during the cutting phase of this project. I didn’t want the print to line up too well, since I was trying to embrace the chaos of this pattern+fabric combination, but I did want to try to achieve a pleasing arrangement. I decided to pattern match the center front seam (where the fly is inserted) and center the print on the waistband, but for the rest of the pieces, I just tried to make sure I’d get some good contrast between bright stripes on the straight-grain and bias.
I wound up focusing on the white stripes and decided to cut everything on the cross-grain so that the white would run vertically up and down the shorts, particularly on the straight-cut legs. I purchased 2.5 yards of this 45-inch wide fabric and used it all up! Granted, my pattern placement was pretty inefficient due to print placement, but 2.5 yards isn’t all that much for one project anyway.
Since I already had a matching zipper, thread, and a button, the total cost of this project wasn’t bad at all. In fact, since I used a gift card to purchase the fabric, I only spent $12 on these shorts! Can you imagine finding a garment like this in a store for only $12, or let alone finding it at all? Ah, the many joys of sewing. 🙂
The fly and button loop came out nicely, despite the fact that I broke 3 needles in a row while topstitching the fly. Ouch! I didn’t realize that I kept hitting the metal zipper stop and just kept replacing the needle over and over and yelling at my machine, LOL. I applied strips of fusible interfacing to either side of the fly opening before inserting the zipper to stabilize the seams – something I do for every zipper insertion now. The button loop is simply folded and topstitched.
I love how the top of the pockets are white and the pocket backing is blue – such a nice contrast. And yes, I planned that out in advance. 🙂
Here’s where I modified the tucks at the back of hem a bit. The pattern calls for 3 tucks that are topstitched in place along one side. I changed this to only 2 tucks to give myself a little more room in the hem, and I topstitched them on both sides for a little more stability, forming a little box with my stitching. I’m pretty pleased with the effect. The hem itself is simply serged and folded up once, then topstitched in place.
A view of the innards – so much plaid! The main construction seams are sewn with a regular straight stitch and finished with the serger. Nothing fancy.
Are these shorts ridiculous? Yes. Do I love them? HELL YES.
This wraps up my summer sewing for the year. Might as well end with a bang. 🙂
As always, honest opinions please!