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Sailor shorts w lips pocket

Added Jun 7, 2011

by junespoon

Belfast, United ...






No zip sailor style shorts for summer.

I drafted this pattern, loosely based on a really comfortable pair of shorts i bought about a million years ago. I’m about a Burdastyle 38 (UK 10) and these are fairly snug on me, but it shouldn’t be very difficult to change the size, just give yourself more or less ease at the side seams I would say.

The fabric i used is actually cream curtain lining at £1.50 per metre (cheaper than the muslins!) and then i stamped on the fabric with a simple hand-carved lino stamp and red fabric paint. I’ve got fed up paying over the odds for simple patterned fabric, and so i’m trying to embellish my own and save some money!! (to be spent on more craft supplies of course!)

The luscious lips pocket just occurred to me because of the “i love you” stamp that i used on the fabric. It was so easy that i’ve now decided i must try loads of different shapes..maybe theme it in with the fabric stamp or whatever. The idea for the “i love you” stamp on fabric is from Burdastyle 2/2010 Page 37 where a model is shown wearing shorts made with similar fabric…i just made mine a little bit less serious!

Material Notes

cream curtain lining with fabric paint stamp embellishment.




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    Aug 15, 2012, 09.03 PMby janene

    Just Brilliant. Love that you designed your own fabric too. Not sure I’m that hot at pattern grading yet but I’m going to have a shot. I really shouldn’t be wearing shorts at my age but I can’t resist… especially these ones!

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    Apr 23, 2012, 10.05 PMby Meg Hardin

    So, so, so cute!! I’m definitely going to try these. (:

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    Apr 12, 2012, 09.10 PMby diss0nance

    really cute, my friend wants me to make a pair for her :) but the fabric she choose has pin stripes… and the back piece has a the grainline on a serious diagonal… is this pattern going to work for stripes??

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    Apr 9, 2012, 04.01 PMby fasionlover

    hi i love these shorts and i made 3 pairs with different prints for me and my two prints and ive reccomended this to many of my family hat love sewing but i would like to know what type of fabric paint and fabric would you reccomend ? love your pic and paterns

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      Jul 27, 2012, 12.14 PMby junespoon

      i just use the dylon fabric paint rollered onto a lino stamp using a gloss roller. The fabric is not so important, but i’d say go for one that won’t stretch over time as you don’t want the shorts to go baggy!

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    Sep 1, 2011, 03.37 PMby praskovas2010

    Help me please!!! :( When I download the pattern I get only the instructions in PDF. But I will too much the pattern. Is so cute! What I´m doing wrong? :( :( :( Many thanks in advance!

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    Aug 25, 2011, 12.43 AMby patriciavennes

    I can’t wait to make this. What is the seam allowance?

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      Aug 25, 2011, 08.15 AMby junespoon

      I used 5/8" (1.5cm) for most of the seams, except where the instructions say otherwise. Good luck, they’re very quick and easy!

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    Jul 20, 2011, 05.30 PMby bunique

    How much fabric u used of each material?

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.37 PMby junespoon

      umm..i didn’t measure before i cut them out but i’d say not more than 1 metre should do fine – maximum a metre and a half i’d guess,

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    Jul 19, 2011, 10.14 PMby bunique

    these shorts are simply unique!!! i love how u stamped the ‘I LOVE YOU’ on there also. im going to try 2 create my own style, good thing we’re the exact size in bottoms. hope it works out!!

    question: what’s the best paint you would prefer using that wont fade after wearing and washing??

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.40 PMby junespoon

      i used a Dylon fabric paint that you “cure” by ironing with a really hot iron. I haven’t noticed any fading of the paint but then i didn’t use much paint so that it already looked kindof-washed-out. I suppose you could lay down a thicker layer of paint if you’re worried about fading.

      Good luck with yours – i’d love to see them!!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.03 AMby zsmagyar

    I love these and decided to make them, but I am a little stuck on the waist line… the “sandwich making” bit. I am worried I’m going to get it all wrong…

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      Jul 26, 2011, 04.49 PMby junespoon

      o right! Umm…i guess it is a little hard to explain. Ok…you have 2 front waistband pieces and then the shorts front (made up of the left and right side sewn up the front seam). Lay one front waistband piece down on your table, curved edge facing upwards and right side of the fabric facing up….then lay the shorts front on this, right side of fabric facing down…pin the top of the shorts front piece to the long curved edge of the waistband (it’s a little awkward because one is curved and the other isn’t)…then lay your other front waistband piece on top, longer curved edge upwards and right side of fabric facing down….pin the top of this curved bit to the other two where your pins already are….then sew along the seam……does that help any???? It’s really hard to explain!!! good luck!!

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    Jul 15, 2011, 12.51 PMby seasidelaundry

    Just have to have these, even if only to place in my secret cupboard of wish I was 21 again! They could not be any cuter! Thank you!

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    Jul 2, 2011, 04.53 AMby Sanne K. Astrid

    ohhh those look adorable. :) maybe gonna try the lips pocket.

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    Jun 10, 2011, 07.07 AMby sewlikeabee6

    That is so cool, you always come up with neat stuff Now whats next in the surprize box? really cool !!!! super idea way to go.

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    Jun 10, 2011, 07.07 AMby sewlikeabee6

    That is so cool, you always come up with neat stuff Now whats next in the surprize box? really cool !!!! super idea way to go.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 07.42 PMby junespoon

    Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!!! If you have a go at making the shorts please post the pics!! – i’d love to see your take on them!! xx

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    Jun 9, 2011, 05.28 PMby jadekikyo

    I LOVE these. I printed the pattern but I’m not sure if the size will fit and I don’t want to cut fabric unless I know it will. I wear a size 9 juniors in the US. Any idea if this might fit or if I need to alter it?

    Thanks for any advice and for sharing your pattern. :-)

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      Jun 9, 2011, 07.37 PMby junespoon

      Umm not sure what size that would be…basically those shorts fit me exactly and i’m 27" waist and about 38"/39" round the widest part of hips. I think if you are smaller than this then you could just sew with a larger seam allowance at the edges and it wouldn’t change the pattern but you could shrink them a couple of sizes…hope that helps!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 03.17 PMby gempje

    i love the pocket. and its so creative. really cool

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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.06 AMby metropolitanfrock

    MMMMMUUUUUAAAAAAA! So cute and kissable! Love it!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 07.06 AMby VintageFusion

    great idea with using cheaper fabric and stamping on the print might have to give that a go sometime making patterns printing and carving them :D.

    shorts turned out really fun and flirty

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    Jun 9, 2011, 12.20 AMby ccsinspirations

    These are adorable! The whole project is fabulous, printing your own fabric, making your own pattern, and that incredible pocket! Thanks ever so much for sharing your pattern here.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.44 PMby lizajane09

    I have no words for how awesome these shorts are. Seriously. The lip pocket? So freakin’ cool.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 07.15 PMby carrotflowers

    totally awesome! and you made the print, wow!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 06.44 PMby Amor Allure


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    Jun 8, 2011, 05.31 PMby Jules20

    ok I need to try this out like now. This look really cool

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    Jun 8, 2011, 04.46 PMby leonx

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA i sooooooooooooooooooooooo want them shorts you are the best seamstress on this website!!!!!!

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      Jun 8, 2011, 06.44 PMby Amor Allure


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      Jun 8, 2011, 06.52 PMby junespoon

      Haha!! thanks but no way!! I wish i was as good as some people on here!! This pattern is super-easy – i know anyone can make it look good!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 04.07 PMby gaviccaabri

    Awesome project!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 02.33 PMby groovymama

    I loooooooove these shorts. So unbelievably cool!! Must make some for my daugher. Thanks so much for sharing, Junespoon.


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    Jun 8, 2011, 12.20 PMby becia

    Stamping your own fabric – very creative. I’m also inspired by Burda projects.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.29 AMby iin

    super cool.

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