No other garment screams summer quite like a pair of shorts. Visions of sitting on a beach, or poolside, riding bikes, a leisurely evening stroll, or even movies in the park all come to my mind when thinking about the freedom and comfort of wearing a fun pair of shorts. Dixie of Dixie DIY has put together a short pattern that is the perfect summer short. When choosing your fabric, think about fun summer fabrics. This is a great opportunity to use bright bold prints that you might not necessarily use for a pair of pants. A cotton with a little lycra is always a plus when it comes to pants and shorts alike. The shorts can also be made out of corduroy or wool and then paired with tights for a fun fall into winter garment.
The pattern is a downloadable PDF pattern. Please don’t be intimidated. The pattern and instructions are easy to print at home and the pattern goes together in a snap. Just follow the instructions for joining the pattern and in no time, you’ll be ready to cut your shorts out of your fashion fabric.
The shorts were designed with a waistband yoke, pockets and a curved detail around the leg openings. All of these seams give you the opportunity to really make the pattern your own by adding piped and bias accents. When choosing your fabric, think about a coordinating fabric that will really set off the seam details. I chose a stripe fabric to coordinate with the floral print. Although the patterns don’t match, the colors do. Purchase about a half yard of coordinating fabric for the piping and bias trim.
The shorts open on both sides with buttons. You’ll notice that in the original pattern, the shorts have buttons that go all the way down the leg. I decided to only use 3 buttons on either side.
Although the last 3 buttons on the leg are none functioning, I decided that I wanted my buttons to not be such a focal point.
Once I adjusted the fit,
I then stitched down the lower portion of the short leg. Take note that you will also need a small amount of fusible interfacing for the buttons and buttonholes. 1/4 yard will be plenty. If you opt for using buttons only on the top portion of the shorts, you will need a total of 6 buttons rather than 12.
One final detail, I added snaps to the side edges of my waistband yoke. It will give a smoother finished look to the shorts when they are on the body. You will need a total of 4 snap sets.
Not everyone feels comfortable in a shorter pair of shorts, so in our next post, I’ll show you how to easily lengthen the pattern. Just keep in mind when purchasing your fabric that you will need to buy a little extra. The pattern calls for approximately 1 1/4 yards of fabric for 45″ wide fabric and 1 yard of 60″ wide fabric. If you are lengthening the shorts, purchase 3/8 to 1/2 of a yard more.
The Dixie DIY Movies In The Park Shorts are easy to put together, and go together very quickly. Once you make one pair, I think you’ll be making more!!!