Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summertime shorts

I'm STILL not on vacation (t-minus 20 hours or so), but at some point it will be summer break for me, since thankfully, it's kind of inevitable.  I'm done with pencil skirts and wool pants for a while; on to summer attire!  So, shorts.  I'm so not a fan of shorts (still not after making these, truthfully), but they are practical and all that.  
Not wanting to spend actual money on a pattern, I located the *free* "Pleasant Pathways Shorts" pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  With only super minor tweaking (crotch curve and lengthening the legs a tad), this pattern worked remarkably well!  I like the clean styling of the faced waistband, side invisible zip and hem facings.  Good blank canvas for some fun fabric.
I added some back welt pockets (referencing my own pattern/ tutorial, which I had to look at to remember :)).  The super crazy print makes them hard to see, but there are two on the back.
Speaking of the fabric, this was a purchase I couldn't resist.  I got this during a big sale at a local store, and it's vintage Hawaiian cotton barkcloth!  Perfect for summer wear and I have enough left over for a skirt of some type, too.  Is it crazy to consider a pencil skirt?
Worn with a different top for a more summery look:

Invisible side zip
This was actually the second pair I made--the first was from an equally loud print, home dec fabric leftovers from making pillows.  My son actually commented that I looked like the office pillows :)  
A few more sleeps until our east coast adventure, with a lot to do before we leave.  Wish more time could be spent sewing my summer wardrobe!  Time to pack what I have!

 2015 Resewlution, June garment #3+4 (still have pants and two blouses yet unblogged!  Eek!)


  1. Totally cute! The fabric is so fabulous!!! So NOT too crazy for a pencil it,please!

    I can't think of anything better than be coordinated with my decor!

  2. Cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern link and happy holidays!

  3. Very nice, Nicole!!!

  4. They fit perfectly, great shorts!

  5. super cute, love them and great fabric find

  6. You should write an article for Threads!

  7. I think it's justifiable to throttle children who say you look like the cushions!
    The shorts look great on you and look to fit so well.
    I especially love those bike knick tan lines. Ah, memories. I could never get rid of those lines

  8. I love both fabrics!! The shorts are really cute!

  9. Anonymous11:10 PM

    your clothing patterns and fabrics look made for each other, fabulous!