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my Goji shorts

Added Mar 27, 2017

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






This is my version of Goji shorts, the latest pattern from Deer and Doe.

While I always loved feminine and slightly retro aesthetic of Deer and Doe patterns I never had a chance to try one, so when Camille asked me if I would like to review one of the patterns from their upcoming spring collection I was more than happy to say yes! Plus, with this collection Deer and Doe introduced PDF patterns – which meant that I could download my pattern and start working on it pretty much right away!

The pattern I received was Goji – a high-waisted summer skirt or shorts. After seeing the technical drawing my initial instinct was to go for the skirt because, in all honesty, I just wasn’t sure the shorts would look flattering on me. With the elastic waistband and a drawstring combo – I was afraid it would end up looking like a boxer shorts! But going through my fabric stash I saw this rusty orange linen bland and in a moment I could envision these shorts, with a drawstring with gold metal hardware, so I thought what a heck, let’s give it a shot. And in the end I’m so happy I did because I absolutely LOVE them!

I did whip up a quick muslin first (I wouldn’t dare to cut into this gorgeous fabric without one!) to help me determine which size to make. My waist is a size 40 and hips are a size 44, but due to the loose shape of these shorts I didn’t thought that I need to grade up a whole two sizes for the hips. I ended up making straight size 42 – I had to grade one size up for a waist so that I can pull the shorts over my hips.

As I’ve said before, this was my first time sewing with Deer and Doe patterns and I was very curious to see do they live up to the hype – if you sew, chances are you’re already familiar with annoyingly good reputation that follows this indie brand, as well as a small army of loyal fans. And after finally trying one of their patterns I can understand why! The pattern is practically impeccable – drafting is on point and instructions are excellent. I have to admit, I was very surprised that I liked the instructions that much! I work mostly with Burdastyle patterns and I’m very used to their (almost nonexistent) instructions – I’m not a fan of hand holding and over explaining that is usually present with indie patterns so I tend to ignore the instructions altogether. But to my surprise, I found myself following Goji instructions step by step, as written! The construction is very clever and explanations are short, concise and followed with an illustration – as simple and as perfect as they could be. I was very impressed with that part.

And I was also very impressed with how much I love my finished Goji shorts! As I said, I didn’t have very high expectations at the beginning so I was pleasantly surprised when that took a turn, and in a big way! These shorts are so flattering and easy to wear, I’m positively smitten. I like how high waisted they are, as well as the fact that they almost look like a skirt – but with all the benefits of the shorts! I also love huge pockets (don’t we all!) and hem facings – once finished, everything is very clean, polished and professionally looking.
In a million years I wouldn’t predict that I’m gonna like this garment as much as I do and I’m so happy that I went with the shorts version. But let’s not kid ourselves, I’m probably gonna make the skirt as well :)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    Apr 19, 2017, 02.53 PMby matkailijakirppu

    Very cute and the styling is the pics is lovely! :)

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      Apr 26, 2017, 06.08 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I made several outfits around these shorts and I’ve been wearing them all a lot this spring – it’s such an easy to wear garment!

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    Apr 18, 2017, 01.08 PMby liliv-1

    Very sweet outfit! The colors are so you!

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      Apr 26, 2017, 06.06 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! The colour is very autumnal and it makes me happy, so I decided to make it work for the summer too :)

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    Apr 16, 2017, 02.30 PMby sewing fanatic

    love the color for shorts, feeling inspired now =P x

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      Apr 26, 2017, 06.04 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, so good to hear that!

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    Mar 27, 2017, 06.03 PMby Mary Athey

    These are lovely on you and the colours fab x

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      Apr 26, 2017, 06.04 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Mary! I was surprised how much I like them – never considered myself for a shorts person before! :)

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    Mar 27, 2017, 06.12 AMby Maria Hayek

    They’re very cute Vesna! I’ve never tried Deer & Doe either, but had a similar happy instructions experience with Colette patterns. Think how nice to have something like this if you’re just starting to sew!

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      Apr 26, 2017, 06.02 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you Maria! I haven’t worked with Colette (I get the feeling that there’s a lot of fit issues and bad drafting with their patterns, so I stay clear from them), but I was really impressed with short and on-point instructions for this pattern. Your are so right – this would be a dream for a beginner!

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