Katy and Laney describe these high-waisted shorts as their “personal twist on a classic silhouette.” The pattern comes in three variations. The first has angled front seams, the second has fun angled pleats, and the last is a more casual fly front version. These ladies have also included instructions for back welt pockets, but more about that after some pictures.
For Katy and Laney’s Tap Shorts Blog Tour I decided to make version A in a large floral print. The fabric is from IKEA, though I don’t remember the name of the design. I do remember that I bought it on sale for $.99 a yard. Major score!
I cut a size 6 straight out of the box (figurative box) and made no alterations to the pattern. I must say, I think the shorts fit pretty well! They are a little loose, but I’d prefer loose to too tight. When I make this pattern again, I think I’ll try cutting a 4 instead.
I’m quite impressed with the crotch curve on the shorts. Just take a look at my bum! Look at how nice and flat that fabric is lying. No crazy stress lines. Woohoo!
My favorite thing about the Tap Shorts is how well the pattern came together. All notches and seams matched beautifully. I was never confused about the shape of seam lines or the placement of markers. Both versions A and B would be a great pattern for beginner sewers who want to try their hand at pants or shorts.
Now, let’s talk about welt pockets. Katy and Laney give thorough instructions in this pattern on how to create a single welt pocket. I must admit, however, I did not use their instructions as written, but rather, applied my own construction method given the pattern pieces that came with the pattern. Though not so different, my method does not involve any hand-stitching and is a bit quicker to construct. Check back next week for a tutorial on making a single welt pocket specifically for the Tap Shorts.
A few other notes. I finished the waistband with machine stitches. I also added some bias binding to the inside hem of the shorts just for fun.
I also did a little topstitching around the welt pockets and along the angled seams on the front of the shorts.
Oh! I almost forgot to note. Katy and Laney indicate to stabilize the angled seam with twill tape so it doesn’t stretch out since it’s cut on bias. I didn’t think it was totally necessary for my shorts, but I might want to consider doing if I were using a drapey-er fabric in the future.
Overall, I really like this pattern. Great job, Katy and Laney! Can’t wait to see what new patterns these ladies will come up with next.
Now be sure to check out the past and future stops on the Tap Shorts Tour!
Thursday, June 12th: Heather at Closet Case Files
Friday, June 13th: Ping at Peneloping
Saturday, June 14th: Jenny at Cashmerette
Monday, June 16th: Mary at Idle Fancy
Wednesday, June 18th: Sarah at Grey’s Fabric and Notions
Thursday, June 19th: Jennifer at Workroom Social
Friday, June 20th: True Bias
Saturday, June 21st: Mary at Young, Broke, and Fabulous
Sunday, June 22nd: T at Uandmii
Tuesday, June 24th: MacKenzie at Some Real Things