Top Four Favorite Shorts Sewing Patterns for 2015
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After living in Colorado for the past few years, I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with our 300 days of sunshine. My mood loves these warm, life-giving rays. My energy levels are off the charts. And yes, being able to hike all year round is pretty great. The weather here agrees with my soul.
But my wardrobe? It's nowhere near suited for this kind of weather. I moved here here from Portland with a suitcase full of leggings and jeans. I could wear those items twelve months of the year in that temperate city. Yes, my skin stayed shockingly pale in Oregon, but I was never too hot. I’ve lived here four years and if there’s one thing I don't love about Colorado, it’s our hot-hot-hot summers. This summer I vow not to sweat my butt off in leggings and jeans. This summer is the summer of shorts.
So in my research to sew up a few pair of shorts, I’ve rounded up the top four sewing patterns for 2015. These patterns take the cake in this category. Let’s see why.
The Hepburn Shorts
by Pattern Emporium
are relaxed-fit shorts for every wardrobe. Kate, the Aussie designer, has created a versatile pattern with two different looks. Sew up the pull-on style shorts in the urban length with an elastic waistband for the ultimate lounge shorts.
Or sew up the more fitted version with pleats, a side zipper and pockets like you see above. The Hepburn Shorts above are sewn in a bottom weight fabric with a slight stretch. I’ll be wearing these shorts with wedge sandals and a tank top on the hottest summer days.
The Emily Culottes
by Itch to Stitch
feature an a-line shape, contoured waistband, and an invisible side zipper. If you’ve never heard of culottes, they’re trending right now for summer fashion. Paired with a flowy tank, a simple clutch and peep-toe pumps, culottes are a great alternative to skirts and dresses for more formal events.
Our Emily Culottes pictured above are sewn in a linen rayon blend. Sewn in a breezy fabric these tailored shorts are a great addition to the intermediate sewist’s pattern collection. What's better is that this pattern has full instructions on how to shorten or lengthen your culottes to suit your taste.
If you’re looking for a shorts pattern to personalize, the Coachella Shorts
are your ticket to trim town. These lounge shorts have an encased elastic waistband and the option to add pom-pom, lace, or other trim. I sewed my Coachella Shorts in a rayon challis and used lace trim as an accent.
The Coachella Shorts are great for lounging next to the pool or to wear as pajama shorts. Plus, Mandalynn, the designer of Striped Swallow Designs
, has recently added a slim fit option. The slim fit option works great for heavier fabrics like denim or twill.
A favorite shorts pattern of many sewists, the Juba Shorts
combine comfort and style into one design. These shorts are have a 4.5" inseam, elastic back and a drawstring front. These shorts are a comfortable mid-thigh length, perfect for playing sports or doing work outside.
The Juba Shorts will be my go-to gardening shorts this summer. With an elastic back waistband and flat front waistband, these shorts provide comfort without looking like pajama shorts. Paired with a breezy tank and flip flops, the Juba Shorts are a great summer staple.
So rummage through that fabric stash (you won’t need much yardage!) and start planning your summer shorts sewing projects. The Coachella Shorts are a great first project for newbie sewists. If you’re ready for a more tailored look, try your hand at the Hepburn Shorts. Experiment with trims and waistband options.
If you’ve sewn up a pair of shorts from a pattern we sell, we’d love to see them! Upload your creation
and share some sewing inspiration with the world. And stay tuned! Next Monday we release the Indiesew Summer Collection with five sewing patterns to keep you cool this summer.