I just have to start by saying that I am so glad I took this Ready To Wear fast… It really has changed the way I look at fashion. I would probably be the LAST person on earth to be spotted wearing printed shorts. But then… once upon a time…. shortly after I had started my fast, I noticed this lady in the cutest shorts. They were white shorts with little black elephants all over them. That’s the day I decided I would make a pair of printed shorts for myself…And here they are…
I decided to style these adorable shorts two ways….first with a casual cotton tee. The ONLY white tee that currently exists in my wardrobe… because I am too lazy to make another one!
The pattern calls for inseam pockets, but I omitted those for two reasons: they add bulk and while I love pockets, I don’t like the added bulk on the hip area. Also- I wanted to simplify the project.
For a more dressy look, I would wear this with a flowy cotton blouse that has bell sleeves and a lace cut out. It is perfect for these hot summer days.
I really love the lace on the top. Something about it is so romantic…
Here is the back view. For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of shorts, I can truly say that I will be wearing these quite a bit!
I don’t plan on wearing these with a top tucked in, but if I did, it would look like this. I prefer the proportion of a longer top. They are “kinda” high-waisted. I will lower the waist band on the next pair I make.
PATTERN: I used Mccalls M6756 . I cut the size 6. To my utter shock and surprise, it did not require any alterations except removing about 5/8th of an inch on the centre back seam. This pattern is labeled as easy. I would say its a pretty simple pair of shorts, but I would probably not recommend this as a 1st project to anyone.
FABRIC: I used a Navy & White Anchors Apparel Fabric from Hobby Lobby. You can find it HERE. Similar fabrics HERE and HERE
SEWING: For the most part the sewing is easy. If you have installed a waist band and zipper before, this should be easy. If this is your very 1st time sewing, I suggest making a muslin, complete with the zipper and waist band to get one round of practice. Pressing is really important when making a tailored garment. Read my article HERE on how to press while sewing.
I hope that this insipred you to sew something! It’s hot as blazes outside. Go sew a cute pair of shorts 🙂 Or leave me a comment and let me how you are staying cool and fashionable.