Chataigne shorts for a tall lady

Guys, it's summer! 

All of a sudden (read: for the last two months), I'm living in this weird, alternate universe known as New Zealand where Christmas means barbecue, and December means sunburn. As someone who has forever bemoaned her December birthday, these are exciting times.

One of the many great things about my latest life transition is how many miles I can get out of my summer wardrobe this year. Like these Deer and Doe Chataigne shorts that I finished back in the Canadian spring.   

I made these after I sadly had to put my favourite pair of black high waisted shorts down. I'm pretty sure I replaced the zipper in those shorts at least three times! I had been looking for the right shorts sewing pattern for a long time. In fact, I have a pair of Colette patterns Iris shorts that I completely finished and never wore once!

What I like about these shorts is that they look great with tights, but you could still wear them with bare legs in the summer (as long as you shave your legs all the way up. These babies are short!). I also love the tiny pleats below the waistline. I think this garment has a couple little design details that allow for maximum cuteness, and I'd like to try the scalloped hem version if I make these again. So many cute details! 

This is the thing with Deer and Doe patterns. Everything looks cute as hell, until you go to make them. I've made a couple of their patterns, and I often find myself shaking my head at the way things are constructed or explained. After I made the Reglisse dress, I had lots of people coming to me for advice with theirs because they couldn't make sense of the pattern. 

In making these, I added about an inch to the waist of version A to make them higher-waisted. If you've had a look at the pattern, you're probably wondering why I didn't just make the high-waisted version of these shorts. The reason is this: the high-waisted version of these shorts is freaky. I am a big fan of high-waisted garments, but I think they got carried away with this one and the result is super weird to me. And, I don't know why you would have a sample garment on your website that is not photographed from the front, but that also seems like a bad sign!

Did you expect this to be a rant about shorts? Neither did I. 

Anyway, weirdness aside, I think I would still make these shorts again, with modifications. They are a touch too big in the waist, which is something I always find annoying to fix with side-zippered garments. I will reiterate that these shorts are mighty short, so if you're shy about these things, you might want to increase the length a bit.