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Plaid Summer Shorts

Added Dec 15, 2012

by Omar T

Santiago, Chile






On our last trip to NYC, last July, hooked on the TV show Project Runway, my partner and I went to Mood. Overwhelmed by the racks, bins and piles of fabric, we ended up with this beautiful plaid cotton, with the idea of making shorts for this summer.
I finally got the inspiration and time to make them, and this is what I came up with. The fabric is thick but airy and since no poly is added to it, I do not sweat whatsoever (despite the fact that I’m a hot weather loving kinda guy).
I found some great buttons and used a self drafted pattern.
The pockets are an idea from a book called “Making Trousers for Men & Women” by David Page Coffin.
The waistband was not sewn as a separate piece and Ban roll was used to stiffen it. (thank God for ban roll, it really solved all my waistband issues).
For the accents I used an olive green gabardine, and white poplin for the pocketing.
Cotton pre-folded bias tape was used on all seams
I still have to work on the flat felled seam, so any ideas are welcome.
Hope you like it and comment




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Preppy


Mood Fabrics

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    Feb 18, 2013, 04.56 PMby Zsuzso

    Very well done. Love the pockets.

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    Jan 10, 2013, 10.35 PMby Csmall87

    Those are beautiful!

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    Dec 20, 2012, 03.25 AMby Ricardo Abreu

    Wow, really good, congratulations

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      Dec 24, 2012, 02.42 AMby Omar T


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    Dec 15, 2012, 01.32 PMby netpraxis

    ditto to tessi in her comments.. all the detail is fantastic – the pattern matching, choice of materials and design for the pockets and waistband really stand out, they’re so beautifully made and fitted.

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      Dec 24, 2012, 02.42 AMby Omar T

      Actually the not plaid fabrics are scraps from old projects.
      You are super nice!!

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    Dec 15, 2012, 09.32 AMby martinK

    hi guy, what a great pice of craftmanship! My respect for drawing your own pattern. It is always a great feeling to wear selfmade clothing. Show us more!!!

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      Dec 24, 2012, 02.41 AMby Omar T

      A lot of tracing paper went to the garbage can, but it was totally worth it.

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    Dec 15, 2012, 06.24 AMby elguanche

    great craftmanship!!!!!!!!

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      Dec 24, 2012, 02.40 AMby Omar T


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    Dec 15, 2012, 05.59 AMby tessi

    These are wonderful! You did a great job on matching the plaid. The pocket details, the back waistband notch, the side waist tabs………….everything is so well thought-out and executed. I hope you will always wear these shorts with great pride!

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      Dec 24, 2012, 02.39 AMby Omar T

      You bet. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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