Hello from California! I’m out on the West Coast for a quick work trip, and hitting up Tampa on my way home to drop something off at one of our schools. Everything’s on your way home when you’re in an airport, isn’t it? I did finish my Lander Shorts for #SewMyStyle just in the nick of time before leaving. These shorts revealed a lot of fitting issues for me that weren’t as apparent in my first pair of Landers. Let’s talk about them!
My Lander Shorts
Fit and Fabric
I made my Lander Shorts out of a stretch twill from JOANN. This fabric had caught my eye a few weeks before, and I thought this would be a great time to try it out! I think it’s this one — I bought the black and olive. It’s an okay budget-twill purchase. Initially I didn’t think it had a right side and a wrong side, but one is definitely a little shinier than the other. There doesn’t seem to be a ton of stretch in it, and it’s on the thinner side. I’m interested to see how it works for a pant instead of shorts. The olive was intended for another pair of Landers, so we’ll see if it gets dedicated to that or another pair of pants, and how it works out!
Like last time, I made an 8. Since my first pair is in a stretch material and the pattern doesn’t call for stretch, I feel like they tend to be a little big on me. I was interested to see if the 8 actually is too big, or if it’s just the stretch material.
Turns out it’s a combination! The Landers have a 1″ seam allowance at the outside so you can fit them. I used a 1/2″ seam allowance in the end. They fit well in the hips, but not at the waist. I need to go back and fit the waist. Many folks drafted a curved waistband for the Landers, and I may do the same.
Sewing the Landers
A real pro for the Lander Shorts (and pants!) is that they’re pretty darn easy to make. Mine took a weekend afternoon. There’s now a zipper fly expansion pack, but the original pattern has a button fly. This makes it a pretty easy first pants pattern for a beginner!
I made a few edits to my Landers as I went. Initially I intended to bring them with me on this trip, so I wanted a slightly more professional look. I lengthened the inseam — of course now I can’t remember what the inseam is, and I didn’t end up bringing them with me. Sorry, #sewingtall friends! When I go back to fit them more, I’ll shorten the inseam up, too. I also left off the belt loops and the front patch pockets. I’ll put the front pockets on when I adjust the waist, I just wanted a flat-front short for the trip.
I did not make any crotch adjustments, again to compare the stretch vs. non-stretch fit. As you can see from the photos, I have a ton of wrinkling. Some of it was from my stance, but a lot of it is indicating I need to adjust that front crotch curve. Again, putting that on the list of changes to make when I go back into them!
I also wish I had extended the rise. The Lander shorts sit pretty flat across my hip bones, which I don’t love. I am hardcore a rise-so-high-they’re-mom-jeans kind of person!
Overall, it seems like a lot of people had a ton of success with the Landers. At the same time, a lot of us had issues with the waist/waist band fitting properly. Future readers: try drafting a curved waistband! In the end, I think I may be Lander-ed out. Especially when it comes to the pants, I have to make so many adjustments that I’m hardly making Landers anymore! It’s a gorgeous pattern that works well for lots of people, but I think it’s time for me to move on to new pants pastures.
This month (ugh, how is it AUGUST?!), we’re making the Halifax Hoodie! I am hardcore behind on promised posts, but I am going to do my best to get back on track this month — stay tuned!