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Summer shorts and top

Added Jun 16, 2011

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






I was thinking of making a pair of shorts for summer and decided to make my own pattern as an exercise in pattern drafting. The shorts have shaped waistband, pleated fronts, front slant pocket, and darts on the back side. I also made cuffed legs and used button fly instead of zipper. The fabric is linen chambray and the pockets are lined with striped linen.

Also made a simple top to go with the pants. The fabric is nani IRO double gauze, leftover from my husband’s shirt. The pattern is top R from Stylish Dress Book 3 without all the ruffles. I use ready-made double gauze bias tape for the neckline and armhole since the nani IRO fabric was not enough.

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Material Notes

linen chambray, striped linen for pocket lining, nani IRO double gauze cotton




Garment Type


Top pattern

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    Jun 16, 2011, 04.47 PMby jacquipardue

    love your shorts!!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 01.46 PMby secondbedroom

    Bravo on drafting this pattern! The shorts are very cute, and look very comfortable too!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 01.08 PMby threadsquare

    I love this relaxed, yet refined look. I can never pull off shorts, so I always swoon when I see someone do it so well!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 08.38 AMby miss-t-2

    I really love the shorts… Could you tell us howto make the pattern

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    Jun 16, 2011, 08.26 AMby Dee Durrant

    Love the material in both the top and the shorts. I also love the buttons rather than a zip too! Beautiful!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 06.22 AMby keren

    the shorts are super cute! I love them! The pleats really enhance the design and so do the rest of the details (“rolled-up” hem, belt loops, buttons). I like the relaxed fit of the top. Excellent fabric choices! Perfect.

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