When Sophie over at Ada Spragg asked for company in her Two-Piece Setacular month, I jumped right on that bandwagon. I am oddly drawn to the matching two-piece sets that I see all over fashion magazines and the blogosphere lately.
Maybe it’s because I just can’t get behind the other big trend I’m seeing lately — rompers. They’re everywhere and I just don’t get them. I can’t get behind any garment that requires me to get almost completely undressed to pee. Maybe these bodily functions are at the forefront of my brain because I currently have 3 children 5 and under and potty access is a top priority. Or maybe it’s just my down-to-earth Midwestern sensibility kicking in…who knows.
Anyhoo, one of the reasons Sophie’s Two-Piece Setacular was so appealing to me was because I could pseudo-participate in the whole romper craze while maintaining the convenience of separates. I call this my non-romper.
The Vanamo top is definitely a crop, but the Tap Shorts are so high-waisted that little, if any, of my post-3-baby belly is visible, for which I am very grateful!
When the Tap Shorts pattern was released, I hemmed and hawed over whether to buy it. One the one hand, I’ve never thought that the super-high-waisted look was very flattering on me. I’ve always had a few curves, even when I was kid, so I always thought styles like this weren’t for me. But on the other hand, everyone’s Tap Shorts just looked so cute!
Obviously, I decided to take the plunge, and I’m glad I did! I was so surprised when I finished these shorts and put them on that they are SUPER flattering! I don’t even know how they accomplish it, but I feel really good in these shorts. And sexy, somehow. It’s a nice feeling!
These shorts were surprisingly fast to sew. I opted for View B with the front pleats and invisible side zipper. I omitted the back welt pockets since I never use back welt pockets, and I didn’t feel like fiddling around with them. I might try them on my next pair though (oh yes, there will be more) because the construction is a little different than other welt pockets I’ve done, and I think I might love it. Without the welt pockets, there are only 4 pattern pieces to these shorts — score!
The fabric is a Premier Prints home dec weight fabric that I’ve had in my stash for months. Last week I put out an Instagram plea to help me decide between a basic brown chambray and a wild and crazy ikat print for my two-piece set.
While the ikat was the clear winner, I obviously decided to go with neither and went stash-diving again instead! This navy blue polka dot is much more me and I think I’ll get some decent use out of the two pieces, though I will likely wear them separately most of the time.
I totally feel like a pin-up girl in this outfit, so Albert and I had some fun with the pictures. It would have been even more fun to take a field trip to a cool locale for these pictures, but alas our only time was after the kids were in bed. And Child Services does frown on leaving 3 sleeping children alone in the house 🙂
So what do you think? Did you join in the two-piece fun?
Pattern: Tap Shorts by Katy & Laney
Size: 6 at the waist, graded down to a 4 at the hip.
Fabric: Premier Prints home dec fabric.
Fit: Great. The waist is snug, but not tight, and the fit is great in the hips.
Pattern Format: PDF pattern. These shorts come with 3 views and to cut down on the paper you have to tape together, each view is a different file. Views A and B each had 18 pieces of paper to tape together. View C (front slash pockets and functioning zip fly) had a few more.
- Really easy construction, especially for shorts. These were seriously fast considering they are bottoms and I had to install my first zipper in almost 2 years!
- I love the pleated front on View B. I thought it would add volume to my hips, but it’s actually the opposite.
- Pretty easy to fit, at least for me. I didn’t have to tweak the pattern at all, other than some mild grading at the pattern cutting phase.
- Can be made with relatively little fabric.
- Let’s face it, this style isn’t for everyone and it’s not going to look good on every body type.
- The waist is a pretty snug fit. That could be an issue for some.
- Views A and B don’t have front pockets.
Overall Grade: B+. As much as I love this pattern, I don’t think it has the universal appeal that some patterns do, and I don’t see it as a TNT basic. I love the silhouette for me and I plan to make more, but I know that there are many, many sewists out there who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing this style. Still, I definitely think the pattern is worth the investment.