Review: New Look 6290 | Tailored Printed Shorts!

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This summer, I'm loving shorts.  Okay... I'll be honest:  I'm loving my current toned legs in shorts.  I've worked hard and earned the right to be showy and vain.  I'm almost 45.  My time is limited, but I've yet to age out of shorts!  The skin on my legs and knees is still tight.  Not to mention our heat indexes this week have been in excess of 100 degress.  I'm wearing as little as possible.  I'm having a moment and enjoying it.
My shorts are New Look 6290.  I wanted a simple pair of tailored shorts that would highlight my great fabric.  It's the same fabric from McCall's 7162.  It's a medium weight, non-stretch woven.  I  cut the size 16 in this pattern.  As I previously mentioned, for me New Look patterns run smaller than the Big 4. 
 I added an inch to the length.  Yes, they were even shorter... the envelope is liar.
I moved the zipper to the right side.  I don't like center back seams zippers on pants.  And I used seam binding on the facings.  For a simple sewing project such as this one, I still like for the insides to look nice.
This is a good pattern to have in your collection with the skirts, pants and shorts... all made in simple drafts.  These shorts are NOT for everyone though.
Example: Jennifer Lopez's look on the right is the perfect way to have a fun, frilly and girly look without being overexposed.
Styling tip: My personal tip whether it's shorts or a short skirt or dress is to stay covered on the top, as I did wearing my Vogue 8907 top.

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44 comments

  1. Great color and fit! And even greater legs!!

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  2. I LOVED your first paragraph as much as I love the shorts!

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  3. Erica....just Beautiful:)

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  4. you're better than me...i've just never worn pumps with shorts, great legs notwithstanding, but one day i might.
    as a 40 plus woman with great legs and pre menopause combined with oppressive heat i understand the need for shorts. You look great!!!

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    1. Yes! The perimenopausal heat flashes! Someone who understands. If I could walk around in panties and bra, I'd still be hot some days. Thanks Nylse!

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  5. You are wearing those shorts like a boss! And looking better than a lot of younger gals! Love the shorts and the whole look!

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  6. Those are fantastic! The way they fit, the colour... You look amazing!

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  7. You look great! I say if you got good looking legs don't hide them! You have earned them with all the exercise you have been doing. The shorts look great with the top and the shoes!

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  8. You look fabulous, you worked hard for it, and you always have a classy & tasteful way of styling, so enjoy wearing shorts and keep inspiring me! :)

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    1. Thanks flawlesssilhouette!

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  9. You need to be wearing short all the time, you look amazing!

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  10. Gorgeous shorts and you look great wearing them. I love that you mention to balance short shorts or skirts with a full top, very classy outfit!

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  11. Yes, you should wear those shorts, they look great.

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  12. Cute Cute Cute! I been looking for this top pattern! I love how you use so many OOP patterns!

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    1. Sometimes the older ones look better than the current offerings. Thanks Donna!

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  13. I admire your confidence; if you've got it, flaunt it! I'm 50 in 3 years, still the same size 10 that I was when I was 20, but not the same confidence levels!! Great shorts :)

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  14. Congrats of the shorts and the legs they show off :-)

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  15. Great looking shorts, you wear them well, love the blouse also great together.

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  16. Cute shorts! You look great!

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  17. You look marvelous!

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  18. Fantastic! I love the shorts!

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  19. I also love the top you're wearing.

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  20. They look great, and so do you!

    My shorts always ride up between my thighs, whether RTW or made. Do you have any trips or trips to stop them from doing that? I've seen on TV some inserts you can stick on the inseam of RTW shorts and I wonder if light boning sewing into the seam would work, but then I think of how uncomfortable it would be if the boning poked the nether regions when sitting.

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    1. Mine use to do that too. Honestly, I reduced the size of my thighs. Not being condescending, I'm just telling you that it was a problem for me and that's how I fixed my issue. I do believe there is a full inner thigh adjustment you can make to pants when sewing. I have no solution for RTW, other than trying a longer fitted Bermuda style. Thanks Serial Hobbyist Girl!

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