July 09, 2013

JIMMY SHORTS WITH PATTERN

shorts with free pattern

Summer is officially here, time to celebrate it with some shorts!

shorts with free pattern

The Jimmy shorts are lined and pleated with a loose fit. There are handy side pockets for introvert comfort, a fly zipper and a pant hook waist closure. They aren't high-waisted, I would call them a regular rise. The fit could be considered slightly "man-repelling" however they are certainly short enough to make up for it and I love a blouse-y short right now.

jimmy shorts with free pattern

I decided to try my hand on a bit of beading. I used silver glass beads and beaded over the fabric pattern. These shorts give such a lovely sparkle in the sunlight. The sparkle from glass is just oh, so much nicer than the sparkle from say plastic sequins. If you do try out some beading make sure to leave at least a 1" gap from any seams or areas of topstitching.

beading shorts

It took 10 hours to bead the two front and two back panels. Yikes. Luckily I was able to do about 2 hours of it with this lovely view. 

david lam park

This fuschia pair is made from a lovely breathable linen. You might recognize them from the previous Elise Tee post. Thanks for all the encouraging comments on getting this pattern out!

jimmy shorts with free pattern

What a catalogue shot.

jimmy shorts with free pattern

I have a greater understanding of why I created super simple patterns previously because this one took forever! Expect a return to simplicity.


jimmy shorts with free pattern

Happy sewing!

xoxo Melissa

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for this pattern! Your shorts are lovely - and the beads such a good idea :-)

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  2. I have been searching/buying/muslining (yeah it's a verb! Toiling at muslin making!)/altering/searching/trying to draft from scratch/photocopying my fave pair of shorts from many weird angles/etc. in search of a SHORTS pattern not just like this, but EXACTLY this! (Ok the lining is an added plus). You are awesomeness. I have just printed this out... everything about it - the clarity clarity and quality of the presentation, from typeface to logo, instructions/illustrations combos, well-written instructions that give plenty of detail - but not too much as to overwhelm or insult. . . I'm super-impressed! Oh, and it's NOT $20 (although I have happily paid that for a quality pattern from an indie designer). It's not five bucks. Free. Wow. Thanks. So much! All of your patterns seem great - can we (those of us who make your stuff) do anything to thank you? Post pictures in a Flikr group? Or reviews on PR? Regardless, thanks so much - I can't imagine how much work this is, and I'm sure not the only one who appreciates it!

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  3. I thought I recognised the pink shorts, glad you made the pattern!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your extraordinary job :)

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  5. I have found your pattern, in Burda and I love it!!! Thanks for sharing all the amazing patterns you have created!

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  6. You should start charging soon! I am so excited to try these shorts! I'm going to print Monday when I'm back at work! I'm excited about the lining; hopefully it'll help keep them in place when it's especially humid and hot outside. :)

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  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments. Glad you all like the shorts!

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  8. So glad I found this through Pinterest, thanks so much for sharing!! I've been wanting to try to make my own shorts this summer and your pattern is perfect :)

    A Splash Of Tan

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  9. OMG, I love these! I would pair them with some colorful tights, heeled oxfords, and the Odette for the fall season! Thanks again for sharing your talent!
    -Julia @handicraftiness.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for the great pattern! It's my first time sewing shorts and it's been going great. One question.... when do you sew the back sides together? I feel like I'm missing that step. I got to the part of sewing the front and backs at the side seams but when do you do the back seam?

    Thanks!
    Sivan

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    1. Hi Sivan!

      Thanks for catching this! You finish the back seam (crotch curve) after you sew the inseams and outseams. I have updated the pattern with this missing step if you would like to download it again.

      Melissa

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  11. hi ~ Hello ~ I am Taiwanese friends ~ very pleased to have the opportunity to your website ...
    I want to download shorts mode ... but it has not download> "<... Will not download yet? Thank you ~
    My mail is babe5499@gmail.com

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  12. did you delete the pattern? bummed :(

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    1. Hi Caroline! I think I just fixed it. I think it has been broken for a very long time. If it still doesn't work for you, you can always find my patterns on Burdastyle.com.

      Thanks for letting me know what's up,
      Melissa

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    2. oh oh oh! THANKS! :) Didn't realize you were on BurdaStyle too. Muchas Gracias!

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  13. I couldn't love these more! And especially the idea of a 'blousy' short. So great to discover your blog too!

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  14. This project has been diabled? But why?

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    1. Hi!

      I blame dropbox! They recently did an upgrade of some sort. It should be enabled now!

      Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  15. Thanks for this amazing pattern - I love it and they fitted perfectly first try. I've made two pairs already!

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