Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t use “home decor” fabric to make clothes. When I saw this adorable print by Amy Butler, which is technically in a “home decor” weight cotton twill, I decided to chance it anyway. And you know what? EVERYBODY LIVED and I have a fabulous new pair of shorts. I’m a regular Maria von Trapp, y’all. The pattern is the Hepburn Shorts by Pattern Emporium, which is available for download on Indiesew.
The thing I like most about this pattern is that it’s amazingly modular. Choose between a pull-on elastic waistband or a side zip with front pleats. Pick a hem length anywhere between the shorter “play” shorts (the version I made) or the longer “urban” ones. Want belt loops? They’re yours. Need pockets? Coming right up. I made the pleated zip version and added pockets, because POCKETS.
The only spot where I ran into some trouble was the zipper. I did not follow the instructions and ended up buying an invisible zipper instead of the regular one the pattern called for. Not only did this result in not being able to follow the instructions as written, but I had a really hard time with the seam allowances. After inserting the zipper, I found that my shorts were HUGE. I had to take in a bunch of fabric along the center crotch seam. As I followed everything else to the letter, I can only assume the zipper situation was to blame.
I really liked how the pattern was written, though. Everything seemed really well thought out; inserting the zipper before sewing the left and right legs together made it easier to do, and there were lots of reminders as to when to finish seams, etc. And the pocket assembly, involving some creative folding, was genius (and totally not difficult in the least). Behold:
And let me say one thing: I LOVE THESE SHORTS. As a child of the ’80s I am deeply suspicious of pleats in any form. I’ve seen what they can do to the human body. But these hit me just right on the hips and actually turned out really flattering. The pockets are just the right size and the hem is short without making me “the girl who shouldn’t have.” The back darts add a nice shape too.
So, to sum up: despite the moments of turbulence and light swearing, these shorts are fantastic. They are totally cute and I will wear them absolutely every chance I get this summer. Break out the home dec fabric (twill, canvas, etc.) and make some of your own!
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