Summer Makes: City Gym Shorts.

Warning: These are addictive.


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So much so, that I couldn’t stop at just one pair.


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And the only reason that I’ve stopped at two (for now…) is because I need to be working on other things. But I’m sure I’ll make more at some point soon.


The is pattern is called the City Gym Shorts, which is a free pattern from the Purl Bee. (And a super cool side note about the tutorial is that they use an Architextures print in the example. Sweet!)


I (quickly) decided to make the first pair a few weeks ago when I saw them come up on Purl’s instagram feed. I’d been really wanting to jump on the cute-crafty-sporty-shorts bandwagon, and so these popped along at just the right time. The pattern is great because they hardly use any fabric at all (both of mine whipped up easily from my stash), and they go together quickly and easily. Plus, they fit great and are quite flattering on top of being super comfy to wear.


The fabrics that I used were both from Botanics (on the fronts), and I used a Robert Kaufman double cotton on the first pair with a voile trim, and then a stripe from my stash on the second pair with some of Robert Kaufman’s lovely cotton lawn as the trim.


I have many other fabrics in mind, and ready, for future pairs.



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6 Responses to Summer Makes: City Gym Shorts.

  1. mary August 13, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    Love your versions, I know the feeling, I’ve made 3 pairs so far…

  2. August 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    They look great. When you are in town (Chapel Hill) this weekend are you being looked after? If you need dinner company at all let me know, we’ll look after that.
    – Michelle

    • carolynfriedlander August 14, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I’ll be in Chapel Hill on Sunday and will definitely be looking forward to seeing you!

  3. Ralitza August 25, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    I felt the same way – two pairs on the first go. Second one planned too. The only reason I am not making shorts every day is I have a long sewing list.

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