I’ve had my eye on a sewing a pair of paperbag shorts since this spring! I love the look and finally decided to do it. I was torn between the CKC Century Pattern and the Spring Shorts from Peppermint Magazine. Even though the Spring Shorts are a free pattern, I decided to go with the Century pattern becauce I liked the options for belt loops and a tie. This was my first CKC pattern, and while there were challenges, I’m glad I made these shorts!
First off, I found the pattern to be very confusing to tape together. They use a much different alphabetical system to align the pages and it took me a long time to match the pages up. The pattern itself was easy to sew and good for beginners but the instructions weren’t as detailed as other PDF patterns I’ve used, which might be a little harder for a newbie.
I made a size small waist and graded to medium hips, since that’s where my measurement’s fell. This pattern has a lot more ease than I expected and therefore would work best with a fabric with good drape because the legs are WIDE. The fabric I used doesn’t have a lot drape so it stood out on my hips and bunched up in the center when I walk– a very unflattering look.
I knew I wouldn’t wear shorts much as is so I decided to take them in some to reduced bulk in the legs. I took them in about 2 inches and they look so much better! If I were to sew this pattern again, I would probably sew a straight small and choose a fabric with more drape.
Next I want to try the Spring Shorts to see how they compare to this pattern. If you’ve sewn either of these patterns, let me know what you thought.