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!
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!
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.
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.
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…
Have you found any cute summer shorts patterns?