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Shorts for Basma

Added Aug 27, 2016

by Maria Hayek

Asker, Norway






My little sister Basma wanted shorts, she liked a pair at M&S but for some reason they went crazy with the prices and it cost $60!! What?! For M&S?! She asked me if I can make her a pair and I of course said yes :)
I aimed to match the M&S model as much as I can (see last pic), used a linen fabric from the stash but it was too see-through for shorts so I lined it with thicker linen.
The Burda pattern was very similar to what we wanted, so the alterations are quite small:
- Ditched the piping.
- Added another pocket at the back.
- Added 6 belt carriers.
- Created a belt with 2 D-ring buckle.
I like how it turned out and Basma likes her new shorts. A win-win situation :) And at a price tag of $15! Eat that M&S :D

Material Notes

Thin linen (or linen mix with viscose most probably)
Medium weight linen-viscose for lining




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Blends, Linen

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    Sep 13, 2016, 09.54 AMby sewing fanatic

    These are so good, impressive results! X

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      Sep 14, 2016, 06.02 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Nadia! We’re quite happy with them too :)

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    Sep 7, 2016, 12.16 PMby TeenyUK

    I prefer your version over M&S’s. You can’t beat a nice linen for summer wear and your sister looks great in them. Happy days!

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      Sep 7, 2016, 07.15 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you! :)
      I’m happy enough with these to agree with you that I beat both Marks and Spencer :D :p

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    Sep 5, 2016, 03.14 AMby RedBelka

    Very well done!

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    Aug 30, 2016, 12.11 PMby dovign

    Nice job. Your sister look’s great in those shorts.

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      Aug 30, 2016, 05.17 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you very much :)

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    Aug 28, 2016, 10.54 PMby Tzai

    what M&S? your shorts are way better and your sister looks gorgeus and very satisfied wearing those!

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      Aug 29, 2016, 05.42 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Aida! We’re indeed both satisfied: The maker and the wearer :)

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    Aug 28, 2016, 09.07 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Stilig! Så flott den ble! :)

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      Aug 29, 2016, 05.40 AMby Maria Hayek

      Tusen takk Ellen :)

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    Aug 28, 2016, 04.19 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    First, I have to say that your sister is very beautiful! The shorts are great too:) I’ve never added lining to pants, it sounds troublesome…

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      Aug 29, 2016, 05.36 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Elpida from both me and my sister :)
      Yeah, I thought so too so I cheat-lined it, just pretty much cut everything twice and used them as one piece…

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    Aug 28, 2016, 01.12 PMby SurMesure

    Very nice bermuda shorts, they look great!

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      Aug 29, 2016, 05.33 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Aug 28, 2016, 09.29 AMby Mary Athey

    Wow fantastic shorts. I love these on your sister. The full outfits so cool. You did better than marks and sparks x

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      Aug 28, 2016, 10.12 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thanks Mary :) After I saw them on my sister and looked at the originals again, I have to agree with you :D

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    Aug 27, 2016, 10.28 PMby Beccki

    Super cool shorts and they fit her fantastically, M&S loss and Basma’s gain for getting a great pair of shorts from her sister.

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      Aug 28, 2016, 10.10 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Beccki :) I do like how they turned out too!

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