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Ruby Shorts RESTYLED

Added Mar 8, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






As part of our RESTYLE series we made a navy wool pair of Ruby shorts for Nora. Still using the basic design of the pattern we shortened the length and used navy wool for a cute sailor’s look. We removed the back pocket flap pieces and did welt pockets instead for a more grown-up look from behind. We also eliminated the belt to simplify the waistline.
We still love the look of the original Ruby shorts, but this style can be worn to the office with a blouse & blazer, or even at night with pretty stockings and a fancy top.

Material Notes

1 3/8 yards ( 1m 20cm) woolen suiting, linen, or cotton twill, hook & eye closure for waist, 10 buttons



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Casual, Preppy, Rock, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Suiting



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    Mar 12, 2010, 08.09 AMby sew4my3

    Wonderful restyle! Plus Nora you look uber pretty!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 09.26 PMby alisondahl

    You can certainly wear these shorts at the BurdaStyle office :)

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    Mar 11, 2010, 12.49 AMby lucrezia31

    Umm… Confused… Since back pockets were specifically mentioned, why isn’t there a picture from the back? Otherwise, very cute and I feel like ever someone curvy like me could pull these off… (to wear – don’t know so much as a super beginner to make)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.49 PMby spiderlily

    The shorts look great. Thank you Burdastyle.

    Why is this model considered a “real woman” ? I mean, shouldn’t she be referred to as an “average woman”?

    I think the models and women everywhere who are tall and skinny probably take offense to being left out of the real woman category.
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      Mar 18, 2010, 04.27 PMby lilo

      I never ment to leave out anybody, but I DO dislike being left out myself by the fashion people using models at the tall&skinny end (real = repreasenative = average, just a matter of wording; we could debate on that, but I prefer to admit my not being native English speaker and I bring my excuses to the tall&skinny&trendy people who felt offended). I also (at the other end – not short but fat) want to follow the fashion and look as good as possible – seing clothes on women closer to how I look like is helpful, seeing them on tall&skinny helps me least possible. And of course I will give honest comments from my own perspective.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 04.43 PMby Daniel Parker

    Oh jeeze I love short shorts!! I wear shorts in the office all the time

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    Mar 10, 2010, 12.14 PMby tobogon

    I second all of the above posts and have taken all of those points into my opinion. I would still like to see a photo of the back. Especially since you mentioned the rear pockets specifically.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.24 AMby lilo

    Thank you for using a model looking like a real woman, she is beautiful! The photos give a good idea about how the garment would look like on my daughter (also normally shaped).

    As for the shorts I find the proportions unflattering (the low waist and shortened length). For this restyle of Ruby I would have chosen for an extra high waist together with the shortening. I like though the idea of making them more grown-up (choice of fabric and the welted pockets).

    For sure a no-no for the office! Cute for the evening with nice stockings.

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      Mar 10, 2010, 05.39 PMby wzrdreams

      I don’t necessarily agree that shorts are inappropriate for work. I work for better womens suit company and we have (on occsion) produced shorts with our summer suits. However, the length was much longer than these. Still, I like the update and think appropriateness has everything to do with your employer’s dress code, and careful styling.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 04.10 AMby binkydoll

    While I DO like the shorts, I have to say no. shorts are not office wear. or at least, they should not be….

    it’s juvenile and unprofessional.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 10.15 PMby losteardrop

    Maybe I’ll do it , but I don’t know if it will pretty with me :/

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    Mar 9, 2010, 08.52 PMby sandrasews

    I really like your new restyled series. Love seeing different variations on the same pattern.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 06.41 AMby sarsaparilla

    The shorts look great in these fabric :)

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    Mar 8, 2010, 09.18 PMby hanbanan

    Thanks for using real people as models! It makes a huge difference!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.48 PMby nikkishell

    Haha! You are a hoot Nora!! Love the new look shorts. :)

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.38 PMby carottesauvage

    Certainly adds quirk to the business meetings :) :)! Funny picts and cool styling

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