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I recently got to try our the new Dax Trousers by Gracious Threads. I was a little nervous about it – a real, working fly? Double welt pockets? Yikes! The only thing I skipped was the belt loops. This pattern taught me a lot! I’ve never done an actual fly before. I always thought it was hard – isn’t that what you’re always told?! Turns out, it really isn’t that bad! The instructions with the pattern were great, but if you need more help, there’s a free guide that you can download too (link is in the pattern). It includes more pictures plus instructions on shortening zippers.
I still need a little practice, but I’m so happy with how it turned out! The best part is that it really does work!
I’ve also never done welt pockets. Mostly because I’m scared of them. Also, they involve cutting a slit into your material – in the middle…if you mess up…..what to do?? Well, in reality, they weren’t that bad! The directions walk you through each step plus there’s a link to a video walking you through the process. I made the whole pocket out of a contrasting material to add some detail to the shorts. If you just do the lining from a different material, you won’t see it on the outside. I’m so happy with how these turned out! Two new skills in one pattern! That’s a win!
The pattern is actually for pants but since we’re in Florida, I cut them off to make shorts instead. I measured the inseam of a pair of shorts that currently fit and used that as a starting point for the length of these. I love the how nice the finishing touches (mostly the top stitching) make them look – almost like they were store bought. If you are on good terms with your twin needle, these would look sharp with two rows of top stitching.
I even made a second pair and they turned out equally nice (and it didn’t take me as long to make them!).
This pattern is currently available through One Thimble either as part of the ezine or as a stand alone pattern. While I went with jean material, this pattern could also be used to make slightly dressier pants.
Go check it out and then let me know what you’re planning to make. Have you ever done a real fly or welt pockets?
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