It’s summertime, a.k.a. my favorite time of the year, and nothing says summertime like a good pair of shorts. I live in shorts all summer long…and actually, since it’s summer–or feels like summer–in Florida most of the year, my shorts-wearing season extends well past the typical months elsewhere. Because of that, good shorts patterns always catch my eye. My favorite go-to is an out-of-print Simplicity pattern, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enticed by other things out there. Enter the Scallop Hem Shorts pattern by Pattern Runway. I knew immediately upon discovery that I’d be making some Euclid Scallop Hem Shorts.
I LOVE the scallop-hem detail. It’s a little bit feminine, very stylish and also quite flattering.
The higher-waisted fit is comfortable and also flattering, plus, the side-zip closure makes for a pretty easy install.
I always like a good detailing opportunity, and the hem finish is a good place to slip in a little bit of something fun. On mine, I used a print from Carkai.
The pattern is pretty straight forward and not too tricky in terms of its construction. Like I mentioned, having a side zip is a little easier than doing a fly. I’d say the most challenging part of these shorts is the welt pockets in the back, another detail that I love, and a construction aspect that was a good challenge for me. If you’re new to garment construction, I have two thoughts about this. First, you could just omit the back pockets OR install a basic patch pocket if you don’t want to be bothered by the welt. Or, you could take on the challenge if you’re up for it. The instructions are well-written and a good guide to welt success.
In case you’re wondering, the top is another home-sewn goodie and personal favorite. It’s based on the Linden sweatshirt by Grainline, view B. While the pattern is written to be used with a knit, converting to using a woven fabric, like this one from Carkai, isn’t too big of a deal. Making the same size that I would if it were for knit, works fine for me, and the only adjustment I made was to create darts at the back shoulder within each of the raglan seams. That helps shape the shoulders a bit better so the neck doesn’t gape–not a problem if using knits, but something to adapt when using a woven.
Yay, for home-sewn clothes!
Shorts Pattern : Scallop Hem Shorts by Pattern Runway
Top Pattern : Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio
Top Fabric : Carkai