“Romero is sailor trousers/shorts with button closure on the sides, fitted and high-waisted, with wide leg. Pockets hidden inside the closure.”
The Romero pattern is a relatively new pattern from Pauline Alice. It came out in the Summer, but I only just managed to sew the shorts version now – at the end of Summer. Ah well.
I made the shorts in leftover medium weight linen-look cotton fabric that had been sitting in my stash for almost a year! I didn’t have enough fabric for the waistband facings – I only had about 80cm of it, and it was only 110cm wide – but fortunately I had just about enough of the lining fabric to cut the waistband facings as well as the pocket bags. I must say, I quite like the “frankenshorts” look to these shorts, it’s like having colourful lining in your garment that only you can see. It makes the garment even more “special”, I think.
1.25m of 110cm wide or 0.85m of 150cm wide main fabric
0.3m lining fabric
10 buttons (I used 17mm)
- Definitely use fray check for the buttonholes.
I used my seam ripper (and a pin) for cutting the buttonholes (not for the faint-hearted!) and I made a boo-boo; nicked a bit of the thread on one side. Eeeek! Fray check to the rescue though! Oh, how I love that thing! So my lesson is, invest in a buttonhole cutter. Yup.
The Sewing Process.
I bought the PDF pattern in English version, it comes in two other languages; Spanish, and French. The instructions come with digital illustrations. I am going to be honest here, I am so grateful for the illustrations because I found some of the instructions to be quite confusing, and on at least one step it was clearly an error∗. I understand mistakes happen and it’s ok, I am in no way saying don’t buy this pattern, but just be mindful of this if you want to try this pattern – obviously I don’t know if the same applies to the Spanish or French versions. Always refer back to the illustrations, I found them to be very essential in the sewing process.
∗ On step two, the instruction tells you to stitch the pocket and pocket facing with right sides together. What it actually meant was right sides UP. The illustration was correct though.
Another thing I’d like to note is the finishing technique for the crotch seams and the inseams. The instructions for these were rather odd to me, they look like half of a flat-felled seam. It tells you to trim [the SA] slightly, finish the seam allowances, and press them to one side. Turn inside out and topstitch 0.7cm from the seam. Now, if you just trim one seam allowance, press the other to enclose the trimmed one – there’s no need to finish them first – and then topstitch, et voilà you got yourself a nice flat-felled seam. Which is exactly what I did. But of course, there’s nothing wrong with following the instructions to the T, you’d still end up with a seam that’s not going to unravel. It’s all personal preference, I guess.
The errors aside, the sewing process was quite enjoyable. If you read my Turia Dungarees review, you’d know I found flat-felled seams around the crotch curves to be a major PITA. Well, not anymore. What I did was baste stitching it first by hand before topstitching it on the machine, it worked! Now my crotch seams look very neat. Hooray!
The interesting bit about this garment to me is the button closure. Intriguing. Pauline Alice has a video tutorial for this pattern on the button closure, click here to watch it. Oh, also you don’t need to unbutton both sides to put these on or taking them off.
As this pattern involves sewing TEN buttons, I thought I’d just share this video I found a while ago from Threads Magazine on how to sew buttons by hand (properly and easily). Before watching the video I thought I knew how to sew buttons on, and then I watched the video and realised that I’d been doing it wrong hahaha.
My measurements fall in between sizes, as the pattern suggested I went with the smaller size. However after stitching the side seams (before adding the waistbands) I found the shorts to be a bit too tight, so I restitched the side seams with only 1cm SA. It worked perfectly. I love the fit now. Soooo comfy.
I added back pockets to my shorts (handy for stashing train ticket for me) because the front pockets aren’t deep enough for my liking – quite roomy though.
4/5 from me.
I must say, even with its flaws, I don’t regret buying this pattern one bit. I love the garment and the sewing process. If you’re an experienced sewist, I don’t think the error(s) would be so much of a problem. I wouldn’t advise this to be anyone’s first sewing project though. In fact, the pattern does show 2 scissors out of 3 for difficulty level.
Another plus is that the shorts version is a nice stash-buster. You know how it is, we buy more fabric than needed, now we have more ways to use them up. Yay! I’m already planning the trousers version for next Summer, maybe in linen? Oh yeah!
This is the third pattern from Pauline Alice that I’ve tried and I also loved the other two. So I don’t think this is going to be the last time I try her pattern(s), plus I do love her style.
Speaking of style, I created a Pinterest board specifically for styling ideas for the Romero, both for the shorts and trousers, AND also for cold and warmer months. Check it out here.
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