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summer shorts with bow

Added Jun 1, 2009

by lunatepetal

Portland, United...






I made these shorts last Sat. while my husband was looking after our daughter.

I used Burdastyle-Ruby as a base pattern, but instead of using buttons on the side for closure, I just used a zipper fly in the front.

It was my very first time making shorts/pants,
so it was a bit challenging, especially trying to figure out how to insert a zipper fly.
I used a sewing book for a reference.

I also made the belt to tie a bow on the waist. You can place the bow anywhere you like – front, side or back!

and, yes, those white things you see in the first photo are my daughter’s cloth diapers :P

blogged here.

Material Notes

linen, cotton, button, zipper




Garment Type
Cotton, Linen



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    Jan 27, 2011, 02.56 AMby froggypondd

    I’m currently making my first pair of shorts and I am so confused by the fly! It doesn’t help that it’s a hot day and I need to finish these either today or tomorrow! Could you offer any help or what sewing book you used as a refference?

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      Jan 28, 2011, 03.10 AMby lunatepetal

      Hi, sorry for the late reply…
      I just used my basic sewing encyclopedia that I have as a reference. and just googled on zipper fly how-to, and this one seems a good step by step(with pic) instruction.http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Fly-Zipper
      and I am sure there are tons of Youtube(or whatever) clips online!
      hope this helps!(or maybe you’re already done with your shorts??) good luck!! look forward to seeing them here once you are done!

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    Jul 5, 2010, 11.11 PMby tashmopolitan

    omg! These look exactly like shorts i have from bannana republic! Im so gonna use this pattern! I think seersucker would be the perfect fabric! They look awesome! Great job!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 04.57 AMby monikakey

    I love the bow! Great addition.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 04.06 AMby petitmoutonbleu

    cute!!! very cool summer shorts

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    Jun 7, 2009, 01.50 PMby evette

    Super cute!

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    Jun 4, 2009, 11.18 AMby effervescence

    Awesome job..love the short ..and the color…and the bow
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    Jun 3, 2009, 01.36 AMby mjb14

    I really like them and I like the fabric you used.

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    Jun 2, 2009, 03.36 PMby cam557

    Beautiful! I love the bow and the colour. Great job!

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    Jun 2, 2009, 02.11 AMby sewella

    Well I must say they look fabulous! Excellent job!

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    Jun 1, 2009, 11.38 PMby sew4my3

    Awesome shorts! I can’t believe this is your first time to make shorts/pants! They really look store bought! That’s a big compliment!Haha I could see the JJill store selling these! I love that you added a sash too! Nicely done!

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