Itch to Stitch Angelia Shorts

When Kennis from Itch to Stitch calls for pattern testers, I can not resist. This time it was a pattern for shorts, and as usual, the pattern includes different options, ranging from simple to a version with five pockets, belt loops and cuffs. I tested the last option.



I used a cotton eyelet and underlined it with cotton batiste. This gave the eyelet enough stability and also added the necessary opacity. I did not try any pattern matching as the flowers are small enough. I only made sure that for the tabs the flowers were centered. The fabric edge had a small area without embroidery. I used this for the belt loops. For the buttons I found some mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash.



I am not very experienced with fitting of pants. So I was more than happy when my muslin already fit quite well. However, I had to change the depth of the crotch curve and also the crotch/inseam. Here is what I did:










I deepened the crotch curve at the back and made it longer. I shortend the crotch curve of the front the same amount, as the total length was fine, but I had too much fabric in the front and too little in the back. Kennis changed the crotch curve for the final version, as also most of the other testers had a bit of tightness at the back crotch. I did not have the chance to try the final version yet, but I know that the fit improved for the other testers. Anyway, you will never be able to create a pants pattern that fits everybody, so I think Kennis did a great job here.

I also straightened the hip curve a little bit (not shown in the picture). This is a usual alteration for me for every pattern wich is close-fitting in the waist/hip area. Last I took out about 1 cm in the center back due to my swayback.



As always, the instructions for this pattern were clear and detailed. The fly front zipper was easy to construct. With all the details and topstitching this was not a quick project, but worth the effort.




We had a lot of fun in the testing group and learned a great deal about pants fitting. I am quite happy with the fit of my shorts and already considered to use the pattern as a base for long pants. I might lower the front waist a bit, as these are quite high for me, and I like my pants to sit a bit lower. Also, I think there is still a bit too much fabric at the front crotch. Nevertheless, these shorts are really comfy, no gaping in the back while bending, and you look dressed up. Now, that summer finally reached this part of the world, I wear them regularly. While taking the pictures, it was still so cold, that I wore my woolen cardigan and long pants over the shorts when we went to the park.


The pattern is currently on sale, and Kennis also released at the same time a pattern for a top to go with the pants, so check this out.

14 Replies to “Itch to Stitch Angelia Shorts”

  1. Lovely! I like the eyelet idea, and the detail work shows some real craftsmanship. I struggle too with fitting pants, particularly that crotch curve. Seems like all patterns have too much fabric up front.

    1. I had this issue with too much fabric also with my Anima pants. Shortening the front crotch really seemed to help.

  2. Nice shorts – I love the fabric and colour! The details and topstitching make them look quite interesting!

    1. Thank you! That is what I love about the pattern from Itch to Stitch, all those details.

  3. RainDayPerson says: Reply

    Just gorgeous, and your documentation is a real treat!

    1. Thank you. I am glad if my posts are helpful.

  4. Nicely done! I love it that you can find eyelet in colours, other than white and beige – the usual ones that I see. These shorts do have some nice details on them. It makes them quite dressy!

    1. Thanks, Linda. Originally I bought the eyelet to make a blouse, but I think the shorts were just what it meant to be.

  5. They are! I have worn them a lot the last days and they have become my favorites. You should give them a try.

  6. The eyelet makes such a pretty pair of shorts, and the little pockets are a great stylistic touch. I’d be living in these at the moment were I you! 🙂

    1. I would too, would it not be so cold here this summer

  7. […] I used some cotton eyelet crinkle fabric I had in my stash for a few years. I never was sure what to make with it, but for this top it is perfect. It is drapey enough and not too thick. And it goes well with my Angelia shorts. […]

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