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Black shorts with gusset

Added Jun 15, 2015

by Sabrina Whar...

York, United Kin...






These shorts were a speed sewing challenge. I wanted to make them in 3 hours, counting cutting. I didn’t quite make that. My sewing time without most of the unpicking (there wasn’t that much though) was 2hrs 30mins, cutting time was about 45-50 mins. Not bad for me as I tend to take quite a while to do things.

I am super pleased with the fit of these, especially at the back, which, as we know, is the hardest part to fit on pants/trousers.

I gave them a gusset for comfort while cycling (like on my Cut21 jeans). I used felled seams on that, but all the other seams are zigzag or overcasting stitch neatened. There is an invisible zip at the back. It’s cream because I ran out of the black ones.

The pockets and waistline are taped to stop gaping and stretching.

The pattern is an adaption of a previous self-drafted shorts pattern, which in turn was based on Aldrich’s jeans block. If I were to make another pair of shorts, I think I would increase the waistline, because, well, I won’t be able to eat a large meal in these! :)

Material Notes

About 0.5m of black, linen-look fabric
1 9" invisible zip
Black 6mm cotton tape




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Vintage
Cotton, Denim, Linen, Wool

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    Jun 21, 2015, 12.45 PMby sewing fanatic

    cute shorts, i’m working on some burda shorts now, but the details are taking ages: welt pockets, waistband, zip, belt loops… haha

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      Jun 22, 2015, 10.02 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      Thank you. Your shorts sound more detailed than mine! Which pattern is it?

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      Jun 22, 2015, 11.52 AMby sewing fanatic

      hello! they are pattern #113A Burda 7/2009…it has too many deet’s lol

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    Jun 15, 2015, 08.40 PMby liliv-1

    Very cute!

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