Fabric: Medium-weight Chambray
Shorts season is officially upon us again and this girl needs a whole new wardrobe.
I had forgotten about this pattern. Forgotten that I owned it. The perils of buying PDF's and not browsing your files for a long time!
My original plans were heading me towards the City Gym Shorts and I may make those up still, but I am very glad I tried this pattern along the way. I love them!
The shorts have an elasticated waist, drawstring casing, and front pleats with side pockets. The hem is dipped at the back (described as a dolphin hem on the pattern) and finished with facings for a clean hemline.
I wasn't sure Boo would go for the dipped hem, but upon wearing them, she is smitten and has asked for another pair. She says they are extremely comfortable and when she sits down the extra coverage at the back gives her some ease.
It is a good fit for those of us with a rounder bottom!
The facings fit cleanly around the side vents and when flipped to the inside, create a lovely smooth join with no overlapped and bulky bindings to stitch down. I finished the inner edges with my overlocker and used the edge of the overlocked threads as a guide for the topstitching. The instructions say to topstitch from the right side, but didn't want to have to sew a basting guideline and then flip it over just to make sure I followed the curve properly. I topstitched from the wrong side and it worked just fine.
The fabric recommendations for this pattern are light to medium weight wovens and also knit fabric like sweatshirting. This chambray creases easily (as you can see) but is durable. These are the pair that will go with everything. The core wardrobe shorts! I am very tempted with a knit version though, they might fall into secret pyjama territory!
This is the first time I have sewn with Named Patterns and I am impressed by them. The PDF printed out nicely and it didn't take me too long to piece it together. The instructions are detailed and we love the shorts. I want to try the trousers too once I source some fabric.
Thanks for reading!