Maritime Duck

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The summer of shorts continue with the Maritime Shorts from Grainline Studio.  I am definitely enjoying the increased presence of shorts in my wardrobe and we are only two shorts in which I am honestly a little surprised by.

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PatternMaritime Shorts by Grainline
Size: 12
Alterations: Nothing
Fabric: Duck cloth from Spotlight

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I cut out a size 12 with no alterations.  Generally Grainline patterns fit so well I dont need adjustments but I discovering that shorts/pants are a whole different ball game.  Overall I am pretty happy with the fit though I can definitely notice some issues.  I think I need to investigate the crotch length.  As the shorts ‘wear in’ I definitely felt that there is excess fabric – but maybe I am wearing the shorts too low? (as the length in these pics look fine).

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The fabric is a duck cloth from Spotlight – but for all accounts it is basically a med weight printed calico/muslim.  Pocket lining was a light cotton batiste for the fabric stash, but potentially a little too light weight.  This me-made was the first completed project on Singer 99K31 I got myself for Christmas and it handled the fabric like butter once I got the tension behaving.  The topstitching went really well – though I am still not used to the speed machine goes at! yikes, no precision projects for this machine yet.

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Some mean pattern matching was involved.  Both back pockets perfectly match and are really only noticeable due to the topstitching.  Side seams, pocket facings and back seams are a good match – the waistband was no chance.

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The shorts have the usual front fly opening, while I have only previously completed two front fly opening before quite successfully. I somehow ended up with one side of the zipper tape exposed.  I just couldn’t work out the turning under one side bit in the instruction.  But surprisingly the exposed zipper works.  The zipper is a good colour match for the fabric and when the fly is done up – the exposed zipper tape is not showing.

Excluding my fly front confusion – everything else went together like a breeze.  Jen’s instructions are detailed and clear with just enough illustrations to clear up any confusion.

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Some things to note for next time –  the duck cloth may not the best choice for shorts.  As again, a couple of wears in and the fabric around the inner leg is starting to pill but I am beginning to think that this is the nature of shorts .  I think I would prefer a bigger hem next time – a more substantial hem I think would suit the heavy weight fabric better.  And well obviously as endearing the ‘exposed’ zip may be to some, I really do quite dislike it so next time I need to remedy this front fly insertion method. Oh well, until next time.

Next up for the Summer of Shorts – Pattern Runway Scalloped Hem Shorts

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2 thoughts on “Maritime Duck

  1. Hey, I like these! Great pattern and very cool fabric! I have made a lined tote bag out of canvas duck and have much more of it in the stash and really didn’t know what to make of it. It is such a sturdy fabric, I wasn’t sure that it would work with any kind of garment. But, now I see it does! I think it may be the nature of shorts that make it pill, however, as I’ve had my tote for a year and no pilling at all. Fading and wrinkling yes. I wonder if this kind of fabric would work for a skirt? You wouldn’t have the ‘rubbing’ and pilling, but would it be too thick and immoveable? Still not sure.

    • Thank you. A tote bag in duck cloth would work great. I have been thinking about what else I can use duck cloth with (as the prints at my local Spotlight at the moment are so cute). I am curious to see whether the short soften a bit after a couple more washes. Maybe a simple A-line skirt could work, even maybe a jeans jacket like the Islander Sewing system Jacket pattern or one of those children’s teepee things 😛

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