June 20, 2014

I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Katy and Laney’s first pattern – the tap short.  I only made a muslin for the testing phase so I was excited to participate in the blog tour so that I could make them up in some real fabric.  I went ahead and sewed up the final pattern (not the test pattern) for these shorts so all recommendations would be for the actual current pattern.

The tap short is a cute shorts pattern with three variations – pleated, diagonal seam lines, and front fly.  I went with the pleated as I felt like it was fun and retro feeling.  I also like the the other two versions and am especially drawn to the diagonal seam lines version as I think it would be fun to play with color blocking or stripes.

I did make a couple of alterations to fit my body.  I took in the side seams by about 1/4″ because my fabric has a lot of stretch in it.  I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t need to take that out in a stiffer fabric though.  I also took about an inch off the top.  I am pretty short waisted so I found that the crotch fit better that way.

I thought about lengthening them a bit as I have to admit that these are a bit short for me.  I played with a longer length in my muslin, but it honestly didn’t look great.  I think that because they are high waisted you kinda have to commit to the short length.  Otherwise they go a little granny.  So, in the end, I kept them short.

Congrats Katy and Laney on a great first pattern.  Can’t wait to see what else you guys come up with.


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  • Reply True Bias June 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    this is a test.

  • Reply poppykettle June 26, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    I’m crushing on these pretty hard! Love ’em 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Love that pleat detail. I couldn’t wear shorts this short, but I could see doing that on cropped pants…

  • Reply Gail July 5, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Love your summery shorts. Hope that my daughters like this pattern so that I can run a few pairs up for them when the bears come out to play (still winter in Australia).

    • Reply True Bias July 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      im sure they will love them. good luck with those bears!

  • Reply Elisa July 15, 2019 at 5:28 AM

    Just found this post and love the shorts. Is the pattern still available? The website seems to be shut down….? would love a short update!
    best wishes from Berlin!

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