I finished the shorts! The zipper got me a little down. I had to look over some zipper how to's. After an hour, I finally got the gist of it. Geez! The rest of the pattern was a breeze. I think I would make this pattern again, but lower the waist. At first I thought the 80's high waist might be interesting, but turns out it just doesn't feel "right". So, with shorts completed, I had enough time to sketch a portrait. It turned out alright. I'm happy with both projects--SUCCESS!