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Burdastyle swing shorts

Added Aug 8, 2016

by Johanna Lu

Göteborg, Sweden






Shorts with deep front pleats and side pocket. I love how comfortable these are and the pleats makes them almost look like a mini skirt! The side pockets are a welcome addition and I appreciate that the waist hits a bit lower (around the belly button for me).

They do run a bit wide in the legs, I personally like it, but if that’s not your thing, you might consider alter them/make the pleat smaller.

My only gripe with this pattern are that side pockets gets stuck in the pleats, this making the pleats pop out and also creates some creases in the front. But I rather have pockets than not, and it’s not something I think about when wearing the shorts.

I do think the right fabric choice is very important for the success of these shorts. A stiffer/heavier fabric (like twill) wouldn’t probably work for instance, making the pleats stand out and make the shorts look really wide. And too light a fabric will probably make the pleats look shapeless and perhaps a bit wrinkly.

I used an cotton African wax print, that I think had a great weight for these shorts (not too flimsy, not too thick)

Burdastyle labels pattern this novice, but I would rather call it an intermediate pattern.

I also opted for a button fly instead of a zipper on these shorts.

Tutorial: How to make a button fly front

To sum it up. Great shorts with an interesting design!

Material Notes

Cotton African wax print





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    Aug 23, 2016, 12.28 PMby nrobson

    looking great! love the style in this print x

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    Aug 13, 2016, 04.46 PMby Ruth Meiland

    Love the shorts and the fabric!

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    Aug 11, 2016, 08.17 AMby Maria Hayek

    They look really cool. Love the fabric too :) Also nice to see you as a featured member, looking forward to reading it :)

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      Aug 11, 2016, 08.51 AMby Johanna Lu

      Thank you! I love the fabric too, makes me so happy. Need more prints like that in my life!

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    Aug 11, 2016, 05.47 AMby izbott

    great fabric suggestion. i have a pair of shorts in wax cloth. they wear well. congrats on being featured!

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      Aug 11, 2016, 07.13 AMby Johanna Lu

      Thank you! Cool to hear that your experience with wax cloth is great, I think it’s an underappreciated fabric for garments. So many beautiful prints!

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    Aug 11, 2016, 05.25 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab shorts. Love the fabric x

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      Aug 11, 2016, 07.14 AMby Johanna Lu

      Thank you! Yes the fabric really makes these shorts. I need to do more clothes in these wax prints :-)

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