Maritime Shorts

I had never really thought about making shorts for myself, even though the few pairs I own are all either hand-me-downs or cut-offs from old denim. I rarely shop for clothing, and shorts have never made it high on the priority list. In fact, when I was pregnant with Eliot, I gave away all but 1 pair of my shorts (realizing that I didn’t like any of them. Does any one else think skinny jean shorts look a lot like biker shorts?) and planned on buying a few new pairs this summer. But I never got around to it. (I did inadvertently create one cute pair when I made my American Flag Denim Quiltūüôā

When I spotted these Ikat Maritime Shorts that awesome and super friendly Jen (of Grainline Studio and Hound) made, I loved them. They are chic, simple, flat-front, mid-rise…what’s not to love? So of course a couple months later when she released the Maritime Shorts Pattern for sale, I immediately bought it. Jen is an expert seamstress and pattern maker. I devour the sewing tutorials on her blog, and am still amazed by the finishing details on the shirt she made me for the Button Up Refashion Swap.¬†Jen’s¬†patterns are really well designed, explained in detail, and so easy to follow.¬†The¬†Scout Woven Tee¬† I made with her¬†pattern¬†is still one of my favorites.

Making these shorts was a great learning experience. I lengthened the pattern to hit at the knee by extending the inseam and side seam by 10″, just following the same angle as the pattern, and I love the way they fit. I had never before inserted an actual, functioning fly, and the step-by-step in this pattern was so simple. I also loved putting pockets on! I almost always add pockets into the sides of dresses and skirts, but back pockets were something new for me! I did end up choosing a size too big on the pattern, so before adding the waistband I took in the side seams to fit, then cut a new waistband in the correct size. Next time, I’ll cut the right size from the start!

Now that we’re getting ready for fall, I can’t wait to wear these shorts with boots (in fact, I almost wore them with boots the day I took these photos, but the 80 degree weather swayed me back into my flats!) I’ll definitely be making another pair or two for next summer, and am excited to try a couple variations with them.¬†High five to Jen for such an awesome pattern. Keep’em coming!

p.s. I got a little tired of my diy ombre hair, so I had it dyed back dark brown. Isn’t it amazing how a little change can be so refreshing?!

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  1. Posted September 11, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Really?? You did it! They look amazing, too! I kinda want a really close up shot of the details though.. I love me a good close up, especially when it comes to sewing! I’m going to make a little pair of skinnies for Merritt using the same pattern that I just made for Jo (same size even, wha??) and THEN I think I’ll have enough courage to try some jeans for myself. Oh man, am I really going to do this??

    • Miranda
      Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. I love them. I attempted some close ups, but I think I need take some when the shorts aren’t actually on me. Or have someone other than the tripod/remote take them for me:)

  2. Posted September 11, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Oh ps, love the hair! I need to do SOMETHING with mine. It was once an intentional melt, but now it’s just lazy grown out whatever…

    • Miranda
      Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. I’m digging my pony being the same color as the rest!

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