Reviewed: Lily Bird Cuffed Shorts

Well, I finally completed these Lily Bird shorts! Lily Bird gave me the pattern well over a month ago and I've been so excited to make them. Life is making me slow, friends!

shorts pattern review

How cute are these?? The Cuffed Shorts have a very girly fit. The fabric is fine corduroy from JoAnn Fabric. 

This pattern uses less than a yard of fabric and a 4" zipper. Budget yourself at least 4 hours to cut out and sew. They took me two weeks. Hopefully it won't take you so long!

I made a few changes to the pattern:

  • I omitted the button tabs on the leg cuff because I got impatient
  • Extended the waistband to make a button tab
  • I didn't do all the top stitching suggested, for time sake
  • I'm just realizing I also omitted the belt loops!

The pros:

I really love the styling of these pants. The zipper, the button tab on the legs (that I omitted!), the pockets. All very, very cute. I think they're be super cute with a contrasting band like these from Mama Gwen. Now THOSE are darling.

The Cons:

This pattern isn't for beginners, that's for sure. My poor seam ripper got a work out! I also had difficulty hiding the zipper pull. That's annoying but not the end of the world.

Things I'd do differently:

Make the leg band longer (making the finished band roomier). My girls don't have chubby legs but the band was tight and makes for a bit of a strange bunching.

  girls' shorts pattern review

The next Lily Bird pattern I'll be trying will be the Katrina dress. Such a cute summer dress.

And, because I couldn't help myself…

Jack 6 mo labeled
Yes, he turned six months yesterday. Poor fourth child doesn't have many photos of himself so I made a point of taking a good one. Scrumptious, if I do say so myself!

Have you found any cute summer shorts patterns?

Linking: Creative Itch, Sugar Bee Crafts, Making the World Cuter, Fireflies & Jelly Beans


  1. Lucinda says

    So cute! I actually just finished making a pair myself last week, and had much the same experience as you – definitely NOT for a beginner sewist! I thought the pattern was tricky to follow, and the end result was too small for my daughter. So I’ll give another whirl and hopefully learn from my first experience and your helpful tips! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Alicia says

    If you have anymore of this fabric (half yard) I would LOVE to buy it from you. I am making a dress and miss cut the pattern and now I can’t find it in the store.

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