I bought this pattern on a whim when it was first released a few months ago with the Romy top, as Tilly had an offer on. I didn’t have any firm plans to make them but I thought it’d be a nice pattern to make at some point. I particularly liked the longer length and flared trouser length, as well as the pocket details. Then, over the summer, I got frustrated as I have many pairs of denim shorts, but as I’ve put weight on, hardly any fit me! One ridiculously hot and uncomfortable day, I had a strop and decided to make myself some shorts that fit! I basically bought the pattern on a whim, and made them on a whim!
I decided on the Jessa shorts as they are slightly longer in length than other short patterns, so I thought they would be a more flattering pair. I thought I may be able to get away with wearing them to work if necessary.
For the fabric, I raided my stash and found a remnant I bought from The New Craft House in their remnant sale a few months ago. It’s a khaki cotton twill so would work well with the pattern, even though it has no stretch. I can’t remember how much I had but I think there was around 2m and I think I paid about £10 for it.
This was a really enjoyable make. The shorts are quite tailored and the fabric was nice to work with as it’s very stable. I opted to add pockets on the back and the faux pocket on the front as well. For the waist fastening, I used hooks and eyes as I still can’t do buttonholes on my sewing machine!
As the fabric had no stretch, I erred on the side of caution and cut out a size 7 at the waist and graded to a 6 at the hips! (This shows how much weight I have gained in the past few years! When I first started sewing, I used to cut a 4 or sometimes a 5 waist!) I’m glad I did as they are comfy and I have plenty of wiggle room in them. I think I could’ve squeezed in a 6 but they would have been tight!
I think this pattern is a great pattern. It has lots of interesting features and details so is not suitable for complete beginners in my opinion. If you are a confident beginner upwards then you would enjoy making these. They can be made out of lots of woven fabrics – cotton, linen, cord… anything with structure! As usual, Tilly holds your hand with the instructions and the pictures really help explain the sewing process clearly.