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Baby Blue, denim shorts

Added Aug 21, 2011

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






I always seem to lack shorts, and I tend not to buy any since I feel uncomfortable (self conscious) in most of them. A couple of years ago I found a pair that I really like though, a sample pair from Swedish brand Whyred, high waisted, rather tight, with short legs. I love them! Such a rare feeling for me to relate to shorts.

So I figured high waisted shorts might be my thing.

Therefor, I was thrilled to see clioscolors’s version of pattern 111 in the June-issue of Burdastyle magazine (found here ). They looked quite similar to my favourites in shape.

Said and done, I picked out the last bits of scraps from a pair of sailor pants I’m working on (a copy of an authentic navy pair), and I had just enough to make myself a pair (it just happened to be almost exactily the same colour as clioscolors’ shorts).

I made pocket pouches and lined the waistband with a striped cotton I got for the sailor pants (they’re going to be sisters!).

Instead of buttons I used hooks and eyes, out of necessity since I had to leave for my vacation before finishing them and it seemed the easiest option. Now I really like it, it’s more comfortable than a button, and I like the silver coloured metal with the denim.

The instructions were quite difficult to follow. I still don’t know how the pockets are supposed to be constructed, I googled, read my books and winged it. I cut one piece of each pocket in half denim half thinner cotton and one part in cotton (as seen in the last picture). It worked well.

The sizes seem to run quite small to be Burdastyle, I used the size I should according to the size chart (36), I usually size down. I think I made the waist about 1,5 or so cm higher than in the original pattern (I can’t seem to follow any recepies to the point). I’ll update here if I find out how much (ie compare to the pattern).

I’m happy with my new shorts, but I might let the legs down just a tad… they really are short!

Also blogged here

Material Notes

A light blue cotton denim, a remnant of bigger a piece I got as a remnant. How’s that for little waste sewing ;-)?




Garment Type
Cotton, Denim

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    May 21, 2012, 05.03 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Nice shorts, they fit very well.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 06.26 PMby frkbustad

    The shorts look great! The waist height looks very nice, and I guess these shorts would make a good starting point for a pair of trousers also…

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    Sep 2, 2011, 07.09 PMby cantare

    Tres adorbs! Especially with those boots, love your style!

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    Sep 1, 2011, 02.49 AMby nouvellegamine

    so cute! i love high waisted (or i guess natural waisted) clothing. the color is great for you & i love the contrasting lining.

    ps- what a pretty flower!

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      Sep 1, 2011, 07.59 PMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! I agree about the natural-waist… these are even a bit lower than the natural waist! The flower is a Dahlia. I’ve got this thing for old-ladies-flowers :-)!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 11.25 AMby viooolette

    Would you send me the project on my mail?

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      Sep 1, 2011, 07.57 PMby ichigogirl

      I’m sorry, but I’ve got the Burda style magazine that this is in, so it’s a paper pattern and it’s not possible to e-mail. If you buy it through this site you’ll get a PDF.

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    Aug 24, 2011, 05.13 PMby Rebecca Alleyne

    I love these! I am just trying pants for the first time and I can’t quite figure out how to sew the crotch – i keep getting bunching weirdness. I’m teaching myself and all I need to do is figure out the crotch then I can share the pants (I really like everything else about them) here on Burda… You did an excellent job on these – any tips for making a neat crotch?

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      Sep 1, 2011, 07.56 PMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! Hm. I’m not exactily a pant expert, but you should first sew the side-seams and inner seams of the legs, then press the seams open, after that sew the crotch. You then press the crotch seam open but not the curved part of it, only the front and the back-seams. You may also need to trim the seam allowances a bit (not quite sure where and how much, google it!).
      I hope that was of any help and good luck!

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    Aug 21, 2011, 09.50 PMby urbandon

    Very nice shorts. They fit well. Length is good- they show off your hard yoga work.

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      Aug 22, 2011, 02.00 PMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! I must have found like the perfect angle for these pictures, I really don’t recognise my own legs, they’re actually shorter and stubbier in reality (or is the camera a more true eye than the eyes in one’s head?).
      Glad you like them!

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