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my very first pair of shorts!

Added Apr 15, 2010

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






..or anything with legs and without elastic waistband for that matter!
I really wanted to sew low waist shorts out of some stripy fabric I had in stash, but since I never did that before this one actually started as a muslin for that project! I had this gray cotton as a leftover from my earlier project (boys vest? girls vest!), and as there was less than a 1m of it I thought that in the worse case it wouldn’t be such a terrible waste.
In the end, after finishing them I couldn’t force myself to sew the one I planned in the first time! Couldn’t find any suitable pattern so I took some basic trousers pattern and modified it. There was so many details I wanted to add but I run out of fabric (think this was the first time that I used every inch of material), but I saved all those ideas for my next shorts!
I think they turned out great for a first try! Fit is ok, though I couldn’t decide about a length. Next one will be shorter!

Material Notes

cotton, and for inner side of pockets and waistband I used some green/blue lining (also a leftover from my vest)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Satin

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    May 6, 2010, 11.02 AMby anajan

    Odlicne bermude!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 12.07 PMby kelerabeus

    Well, thank you so much ladies! This is great and quite unexpected feedback, now I’m so excited to try it all over again!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 11.21 AMby keren

    They look great! Well done! They look very well fitted and comfortable and flattering.

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    Apr 16, 2010, 11.18 AMby bellbellsews

    Nice work! Especially for a first go! I recently made a pair of shorts from a pattern and they were a disaster – I couldn’t get the length from the waist to the crotch right so I have to wear them Harry High Pants style hehe… I also love the sweet lining on the pockets – a lovely touch:-)

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    Apr 16, 2010, 12.14 AMby meowatthemoon2

    Beautifully made, very flattering.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 09.03 PMby nidhi

    Great fit!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.02 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Nice job! Great idea to modify a trouser pattern. Looks like a great fit!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 07.20 PMby stitchywitchy

    Excellent fit – good call on modifying a trousers pattern! I’m planning to make my first shorts as well soon, I hope mine turn out as well as yours!

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      Apr 16, 2010, 12.16 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I was quite surprised when they turned out alright, hope it wasn’t just beginners luck :) I’m sure yours will turn out great too, looking forward to see some pics!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 04.40 PMby Natalia *

    Great job. I just bought a pattern to make shorts for the summer, as it is fast approaching here, and so Im really excited to make my own pair. It’ll be my first time making any sort of pant. Hope they turn out as great as yours. What pattern did you use -just for future reference, because I really like the yoke at the back.

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      Apr 16, 2010, 11.55 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks ;) I used pattern from Burda magazine 1/2010, model 120. But back yoke is not part of it, I added it myself. It’s very simple though!

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      Apr 16, 2010, 02.07 PMby Natalia *

      Well it looks fantastic. Great job.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 04.12 PMby amberlove

    They look fantastic! Great job.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 03.11 PMby dilshadburman

    Nicely done! especially if its your first try! This gives me hope that I too will someday be able to sew shorts!! :)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 01.26 PMby scheryka

    Well done it’s not often to get a very wearable muslin.

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      Apr 16, 2010, 12.17 PMby kelerabeus

      Yea, you can imagine my surprise! Thanks :)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 01.19 PMby nutmeg1

    I think they look great!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 01.04 PMby susanne2011

    I think they look pretty awesome. Well done, I haven’t dared to sew trousers so far…

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    Apr 15, 2010, 11.14 AMby niña blanca

    Hola chica….hlačice su ti zaaaaaaakon….ful mi se sviđaju i ja baš šivam sebi jedne …:)

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