Here we finally are in Grainline Maritime Shorts in size 4. Sorry, looking a little creased we drove around for ages – it was excessively windy! Paired with my gym shirt at the suggestion of ELH.
I couldn’t stop until I mastered these shorts (previous two pairs are posted here…). Yes, I can be a little bit obsessive. I really love these ones, I confess that I am a camouflage print fan (yup, bet you never guessed that!).
Once again I took a massive wedge out of the back seam and waistband pieces after I tried them on (I think if more men realised how much time women spent semi-nude sewing, they would be rushing out to purchase sewing machines for their wives and girlfriends…. just sayin’). The ‘butt fit’ is pretty good I think. The only change I might make (next time) is tapering in the leg ever so slightly.
I made the buttonhole horizontal rather than vertical. I checked all my jeans, denim mini skirts etcetera (I have a rather large collection of denim) and their buttonholes were all horizontal. I think it makes sense. It provides a little bit of ease, the button has room to slide rather than pulling against the buttonhole. I also double stitched the hems – just because.
Fabric is from the stash (it’s just cotton drill – purchased for $3 and even the zip came from the stash!). My workmate explained that this camouflage colourway is referred to as ‘urban camo’ as it is concrete greys rather than jungle greens. If it wasn’t for the reflective logos on my gym singlet you wouldn’t even know I was there…
Here’s one of the things I love about sewing. I would never have even tried a pair of short shorts on in a shop – yet I sew them, photograph them and discover that my legs are not as heinous as I thought. Maybe I am a ‘shorts’ girl after all… ELH agrees.
Nothing much to say – except I love these little fellas. Cute as.
Make ’em – I know you want to…
Pattern: Grainline Maritime Shorts.
Fabric: Cotton Drill from Spotlight, $3
Pattern details & adjustments – check out this blog post…
Now I haven’t made a dress in a while…
You’ve got the legs for shorts and that fit is perfect!
Thanks Jodie! It was worth all the sewing in the end.
Killer! Love these!
Can imagine you in these!
I’ve been meaning to make them the last two summers, but time just got away from me!
For some reason I find sewing out of season more fun and productive – when the warm weather hits you actually do have something to wear 🙂
That’s super smart! I did a little bit this summer, making a blazer and an Archer shirt, which I’m so glad to have right now!
So in a month or so you should perhaps start summer sewing!
Hahaha, yes! 🙂
Awesomely cute! Your legs are the legs I dream I had. I just did a bit of sewing for Alys’s Birthday gift. It was the first time I did a zipper (super duper novice here). I made cosmetic bags, I learned on Youtube, LOL. Who know’s what’s next.
Never knock the power of YouTube – it’s my knitting guru!
Epic work, Liz! And flex those buff calves, woman 😉
Working on having guns like you!
Love the relaxed fit you have achieved with theses shorts. You are definitely a shorts girl and you should make lots more of these for summer. If only I was a couple of decades younger…but unfortunately my days of wearing short shorts are over.
Never too old or young for 3/4 pants, they are a favourite of mine!
Super cute shorts and you definitely have the legs to show off in them.
Thanks Cari x
You’ve got killer legs! Love these little shorts, maybe I’ll try them for summer!
They come highly recommended! Go for it – I need some sewing shorts sistas!
You definitely have the legs to pull these off. Very cute.
I think I’m a major fan of this pattern – I’m also obsessed with making jeans now!
Get those legs out more often young lady. I had a good chuckle about the nudity that comes with sewing clothes for yourself! Must get back to some selfish sewing…
We really should re-label ‘selfish sewing’ to ‘sexy sewing’!
Thanks VK xo
Camouflage print – very on trend this season. Well done!
I’m been ahead of the fashion curve for years then! Thanks 🙂
I don’t even wear short shorts to hot yoga, but if had legs like yours I would, and everywhere else – these look fabulous!
Hot yoga! That sounds hard core!!
can’t imagine why you thought you couldn’t pull off wearing shorts! all the pairs you made are great. i think i’ll try out this pattern next year just to mix it up with all the thurlows i’ve made!
I think I’ve always worn the wrong length shorts, they used to chop me off visually and make me look dowdy.
It will be interesting to see how these compare to the Thurlows. I’m kinda tempted to go back & re-try the Thurlows now…
Very cute! The fit looks great. Wonderful pictures as well. 🙂
My husband is very patient with my pictures, I’m a lucky blogger.
When will I ever get used to this whole Southern Hemisphere / northern hemisphere sewing difference. It feels odd to see you there in super short summer shorts…… When I’m in a fleece and thinking coats. But it is lovely to get some sunshine through the blog reader as well as inspiration! And your photos tend to be in such dreamy locations….graffiti and all! Nice going on these shorts, they look fab x
I do fret a little that’s makes are out of season for so many readers but like you said I’m happy to channel some summer sunshine your way!
Cute shorts! And interesting about the camo colorway–I had previously heard it was for colder climates with snow, but I think your way makes more sense.
Probably works for both – we don’t get much snow where I live 🙂 not even a frost!
These are my favourite pair, maybe because I have a secret penchant for camo print 🙂 Great fit too.
Funny story, I wore camo print pants to Korea and at the airport they thought I was US military! Me! ha – I look the furthest from military you could imagine, plus I was wearing them with pink – bizarre!!
OMG that is hilarious – my husband loves these best too. I actually wore them all weekend… I think there will be more in my immediate future!
So we ended up being the same size! I wore a pair of mine today too!
We must be sewing twins separated at birth. I wore mine all weekend. Love them!
Gorgeous!!! and I love the butterfly camo shot! You’re rocking them so well!!
It was completely unplanned but when I looked at the shots when I got home I was amazed – so cool, so unintentional!
These are great! I wore mine on Saturday – finally had a hot enough day. I’m gonna make another pair in a heavy red cotton from Ikea. C’mon Summer!
Red cotton will be great! I’ve been thinking a navy pair with white stitching & a red striped top. Ahoy summer!
Looking cool! I love the print and they fit you perfectly! I’m too chicken to wear shorts at all, but these do look very comfy… Maybe you have persuaded me to give it another go! 🙂
They are definitely worth a try – especially if you have an ambition to make trousers or jeans as you can practice a fly front, fitting & pockets without the fabric commitment of lots of fabric!
Awesome!!! And I mean your shorts and your legs!!!
Thanks Nettie x
Adorable shorts, they look great! And, the sun….Oh, the sun…..I am so coming to visit you soon Lizzie. Is it okay if I bring Kitty? (ps, never apologize for having muscle!!!)
The good news is we have sunshine pretty much all year round. If Kitty is a cat – that might be a problem… I’m desperately allergic to cats!
Darn it!! (And, did you just ask if the famous sewing superhero Kitty was a cat???? He coughs up a virtual furball on your blog). 🙂
“Mwuah ha ha ha ha” -Kitty
Nasty kitty (unleashes Banjo The Whippet)
A-ha!! Plan backfire!!! Kitty loves dogs. (‘looks smug’)
Oh, Lizzy. They look absolutely great on you! They look so great, I’m almost tempted to go to the gym (naah, I get so bored there – I’ll rather go for a run, even though it doesn’t get me muscels like that…)
Thanks Maria! I used to hate the gym but I like some of the intense classes – I’ve joined a gym three times… and this is the first time I’ve stuck with it… I think…
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