We love the Cruise Chino Shorts from the 2014 Nautical Collection at Blaverry. After my tween summer shorts patterns post, several of you asked about Blaverry patterns- so here’s my answer!
(Scroll the the bottom for a discount code on Cruise Chino Shorts!)
I’m really proud of these shorts. I made a list of sewing skills I wanted to learn last year in my Tween Sewing Survival Guide. A zip fly was the only thing I hadn’t conquered.
I know, I’m being a peacock; but this, my friends, is a zip fly that I made. Me! See, zip flys have defeated on all counts. I’ve tried commercial patterns, I’ve tried blog tutorials…it’s just something that hasn’t “clicked” in my brain yet.
(I’m not the only peacock. Someone is dying to show off her new accessory.)
I’d say this pattern is advanced beginner or maybe intermediate. I confessed to Blaverry designer, Christie; that this pattern is more complex than the clothing I normally sew. She gave me lots of guidance, which made me feel more confident.
Here’s what she told me.
“I do recommend high quality fabrics and patience with creating these shorts. The shorts are more involved than your basic pattern. It is very much a commercial style pattern, even down to the zipper fly’s construction. Even though it may take more time to make than a basic quick sew pattern, the end results are well worth all of the effort that goes into them. And all the wear your little one will get will justify the little bit extra you might spend on a higher end fabric.”
I’d say that was a dead accurate description. I went into this project with the mindset that I was going to take my time and do it right. I’ll need to use this pattern a couple more times before I’m really comfortable with zipper flys. I’m still at the point where I have to read the instructions a couple times.
I want to tell you that tutorial was well written and step by step. I find that some of the higher skill level patterns assume you know how to do everything or have missing instructions- not the case here. Even though I still struggled with parts of it, it’s my lack of experience that gave me pause.
I wasn’t worried about the welt pocket at all. Puhlease. I’ve made welt pockets in doll clothes. This is what Christie told me about the pocket construction.
“The welt pocket will be the most challenging part of the pattern. If a welt pocket is new to you I recommend you search some videos on line and watch. Then just take your time when making them. Best tip is to be sure not to make the darts too long. The top of the welt should go right to the end of the dart.”
Another pearl of wisdom. It turns out doll welt pockets are different than people pockets. This is because people are real, and dolls are not. People tend to put things in their pockets; which is why there is a pocket lining. So I was cocky and thought I really knew what I was doing, but inserting the lining threw me off . There’s a fold thing in there that caught me off guard. I didn’t get them quite right, but those fully functional welts back there.
Blaverry Cruise Chino Shorts
Professionally Drafted: These shorts fit perfectly everywhere. The back hem has a slight downward curve, which keeps them the same length in front and back. No riding up! There are also belt loops, not shown in my version.
Print Options: You can print full scale for print shops, or tile the pieces & tape them together. Not scary random tiling, it’s just like putting together any PDF. The print shop option is really nice for European clients.
Customer Service: Impeccable. Seriously. I was a BUGABOO.
Value: At $14.95, Blaverry PDFs are higher than I normally spend. I think it’s a justifiable purchase, especially for a staple pattern like the Cruise Chino Shorts. It’s kind of steak…and Blaverry is a filet mignon.
Wearability: My kid wears these ALL. THE. TIME. I always feel like I should get an award when I make something she likes, because she’s so picky. Bella wants functional, high fashion and she isn’t into the frilly boutique style outfits that I love sewing. The design aesthetic is very tween friendly, and definitely creates clothing that you’d see in Delia’s, Justice, and Crew Cuts lines.
Soon I’ll be showing you the Star Knit Top, which is a cute boatneck top with 3/4 sleeves. I’m also keen to sew the Knotlin Nautical Dress. Which is your favorite Blaverry pattern? I’d love to see your creations; so grab one this month!
Through July 31st, use code CHINO12 to save $2.95 off the regular purchase price on Cruise Chino Shorts.