I'm quite pleased. I cut a size 20 and took them in about 1/4" at the waist tapering to nothing at hip level.
I think they turned out pretty well. (And I promise I ironed them- even though you can't tell in the photos.) They're just a little bit wide at the hem, but I can live with it. After wearing them around all afternoon I decided they're just a tad loose, but that's okay. I'm thinking about making the long pants version, and if I do I will take them in just a smidge at the side seams.
I used denim for these- the same denim I used in my favorite pencil skirt. I thought the denim would be kind of heavy to use for the facings, and since these were made specifically to go with the Dots and Stripes tunic, I decided to use leftover fabric from the tunic for the facings.Turned out nice.
These shorts are so easy. There are only four pattern pieces- front, back, front yoke, and back yoke. The yokes are supposed to be cut on the fold, but I took about a 3/8" wedge out of the center back of the back yoke (for my sway back) and added a center back seam.
The pattern calls for a lapped zipper, but I used an invisible one- works great. It also calls for twill tape to be sewn into the waist. I was concerned about bulk, so I skipped it. But, if I make these again with a less stable fabric, I'll definately use it.
Oh, and these run kinda long. I had to fold out 1.25" of length above the knee! Or maybe it's just my super short legs!
So one project down this weekend and one to go. I want to get the military dress finished so I can start on those high waist jeans!