B for Blue Shorts

Added Jul 24, 2011

by woman

Kuala Lumpur, Ma...






My first time making shorts, drafted with the aid of Winifred Aldrich’s book with my own measurements. I’ve always had problems getting nice shorts that fit decently, and elastic shorts just made my bum look bigger than it already is. So I am pretty happy with this pair! Even though it took 2 muslin fittings to get right, I felt it was very well worth the extra time and effort (this being the first time I’ve done muslin fittings haha).

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    Jun 30, 2014, 03.11 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Did you use the trouser block or the close-fitting trouser (jeans) block?

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      Jul 6, 2014, 10.47 AMby woman

      Hey Sabrina, I used the trouser block..

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      Jul 6, 2014, 12.14 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      Hi! Thank you for getting back to me. : )

      I’m working on a shorts pattern, but I started with the jeans block and to make them comfortable to bend/sit in I had to add a gusset and flare them slightly from the darts. Maybe I ought to have started with the trouser block!

      Are yours comfortable for, say, riding a bike? Did you alter the block much?

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      Jul 6, 2014, 12.42 PMby woman

      Hmm I don’t think mine would be good for riding a bike, it’d probably show too much thigh for me (and I have lots of thigh hahaha). I saw a pants pattern on Burdastyle with a gusset which seems good for bike riding, have you seen that?

      I haven’t tried Aldrich’s jeans block, but I have made a couple of pants and shorts where the pattern blocks are similar to the jeans block— no darts but with the extra triangle yoke piece at the back.. they do shape the butt nicely and I think when fitted well they prevent butt cleavages better, so I imagine you’d have a nice pair if you used the jeans block :D

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    Nov 2, 2011, 09.33 PMby roxyl

    Love the shorts and the colour of them. I can never find shorts in the shops that I like, these are so lovely. I want to make some for myself.

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      Jul 6, 2014, 10.47 AMby woman

      Thank you! I have trouble finding shorts and pants because of my bum, it’s such a pear hahah

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.59 PMby kelerabeus

    Fits you like a dream, you did an amazing job! I’ve been craving for similar pair of shorts for some time, but I can’t seem to find the right fabric. Yours is just great!

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      Aug 1, 2011, 03.32 AMby woman

      thank you kelerabeus! i like this suiting fabric because it doesnt crumple up like normal cotton.. i used to think suiting fabric was too formal for me, but then i found all these colourful ones at the fabric store n got all excited.. hahaha

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    Jul 25, 2011, 08.51 PMby MaycieAfterFive

    Very nice! Love that color!

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.11 AMby woman

      thank you! i’m looking forward to making a few more in other colours :D

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    Jul 25, 2011, 11.28 AMby OOTDima

    Those shorts are so cute. :)

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.11 AMby woman

      thank you! i could never wear high waist shorts proper until urm, now.. haha

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    Jul 25, 2011, 08.28 AMby toupinette

    that seems very well made and fit you well! good job!

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.12 AMby woman

      thank you! :D

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    Jul 24, 2011, 09.37 PMby Phamburger


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      Jul 25, 2011, 03.29 AMby woman

      thank you! :D

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    Jul 24, 2011, 06.44 PMby Shira B

    I love your shorts!! I think I’m gonna check that book :) was it hard to make?

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      Jul 25, 2011, 03.33 AMby woman

      thank you! no it wasn’t hard, it’s quite fun actually :D the book really helped me a lot with drafting the pattern, u should check it out! ;-) i believe there is a user on burdastyle called gedwoods who also has instructions on drafting a trouser block which you can modify for it to be a pair of shorts :-)

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    Jul 24, 2011, 06.03 PMby Irina Schwab

    I never tried making shorts, yours look great and very professional. Well done. I might make a pair on day ;)

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      Jul 25, 2011, 03.34 AMby woman

      thank you very much! i think the suiting material helped a lot in making it look good too.. never thought i’d say this but i can’t wait to go shopping for more suiting material in different colours to make more shorts! :D

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