Part of sewing my own wardrobe is deciding which garments are going to get me through different types of occasions and through most of the seasons. I put a lot of time and take a lot of pride in the clothes I sew and I gravitate towards the patterns that can give me versatility and durability. Enter The Belize Shorts and Skort from Itch to Stitch. This pattern is just that.
I sewed up two versions of View E. My muslin was a simple-patterned double gauze from my local fabric store, Stitchology. I have used this fabric for other projects and just loved pairing the tiny points of the fabric with the large, statement mitered corners of the skort. Plus, I’m such a sucker for double gauze. My last few projects have been rayon and so this ultra compliant gauze was a dream to work with.
I sewed a Size 6 and I didn’t change a thing. I was a little nervous about it being too short but I love how it turned out.
My second pair I made with, yep, double gauze again and this time I pulled out the stops and used nani IRO double gauze….and now I want to make everything in nani IRO. Everything. I love how the vertical lines in the fabric compliment the mitered corners. Fun fact about this fabric though, the lines aren’t perfectly straight over the WOF (by design) and so I had to cheat a little and straighten things out for the cutting. It was a little nerve-wracking. Mission complete though!
Now, I want to stand by my statement about sewing versatile garments and so, for y’all’s benefit, I styled my View E for the dead of winter and took pictures of it…..outside….in the dead of summer…..in the southwest. I’m still sweating. I think that this pattern offers you so much versatility for the winter months as well because, remember, it’s not just skirt, it’s a skort and so you’re afforded that extra thermal layer on top of your tights.
What I definitely want to mention about this pattern is how sturdy the construction feels. Kennis included reinforcement stitching for the seat of the shorts and also the pockets which made me feel like these were going to hold up for a very long time. The finishing on the inside is also well executed and I was really happy with how professional the end result was by following the pattern’s tutorial.
This pattern boasts five different options. There are three different short variations and two skort variations. The shorts offer an option for pleats, pockets and no pockets. You can also do a half-skort option (with shorts in the back) or a full-skort option as I sewed up. They’re all fabulous and I didn’t see a bad version during testing.
All in all, I would highly recommend this pattern. I’ve been wearing my View Es so much since finishing them and I’m already scheming about a linen pleated pair!
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