June 9, 2014

Round three of the Perfect Pattern Parcel is all over the blogisphere and it was fun to participate again.  I had a hard time choosing which one to sew up this time, but finally decided on the prefontaine shorts pattern as I have been seeing a lot of similar silhouettes in ready to wear.  I liked the idea of dressing them up a bit so instead of making a really casual track short I made a more flowy everyday version.

To achieve this I used a more silky fabric instead of cotton.  I went with this beautiful rayon challis from wanderlust as it is easier to wash and wear than silk, but still has the same movement.  I really love the fabric.  The watercolor type print is so fun and on trend.  Plus in a little short it seems less shocking than a dress or pant so I find it easier to wear.

I also made a few adjustments to the pattern.  First I went up 2 sizes to have more gathering and movement to the shorts.  I think it was the right call although I could have probably went up just one size and been fine.  I also omitted the bias tape and just turned it under 1/4″ instead.  I knew this would change the fit a bit of the short but because of the extra sizing I thought I would be OK and it worked out fine.  I also added an extra pocket piece to have a full pocket lining instead of just sewing it to the front short.  I just thought it looked dressier.

That’s it.  Love the shorts and how versatile they are.  I like that I can wear them around town or as a coverup to the pool.  I think they will get a ton of wear this summer.

If you want to check out all of the patterns in the perfect pattern parcel #3, learn more about it, or purchase click here.  You not only get some awesome patterns, but you also get to choose your price and support an worthwhile charity.

*disclaimer – the patterns included in pattern parcel #3 were provided to me free of charge, but as always the opinions in this post are mine.

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  • Reply Sara Curtis June 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Great fabric choice! I really love how you dressed up the pattern!

  • Reply Jill Dorsey || Made with Moxie June 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I love these as a dressy version of Prefontaines! Super cute and I can only imagine how nice they are to wear. That is a great fabric you chose. 🙂 Thank you.

  • Reply Kristi June 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Great shorts! I’ve seen a lot of rayon shorts around. Your alterations really embrace the trend (and make me wasn’t to sew some for myself!).

  • Reply Michelle June 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I LOVE these! Wow. You’ve really done a wonderful job showing the versatility of this pattern. This type of short is very on trend this season. I’ve been seeing them all over. I don’t think I would have considered the pattern for a dress short if I hadn’t seen your pair! Excellent!

  • Reply puu June 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    the fabric choice is beyond perfect. i’ve been pondering shorts for the summer and will definitely be trying something drapey and chic after seeing this make…

  • Reply thequirkypeach June 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Yes!!! I was totally wanting to do this, but couldn’t find the right fabric! I love the idea of a looser, dressy pair of shorts for summer – this print is just perfect! Do you find with the rayon that they get super wrinkled throughout the day?

  • Reply seamsrighttome June 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    These are awesome! I really like this pattern, and your fabric choice is just perfect.

  • Reply Clio June 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Great shorts – and I love how you styled them!

  • Reply gingermakes June 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Ohhhhh, these are CUTE! I love the print!!!

  • Reply oona balloona June 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    oh kelli, i thought these (very cool) shorts weren’t for me till i saw this. i’m so copying you. again.

  • Reply Rachel June 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I totally love these – I (like Oona) thought they were not for me until I saw yours. You look great in them!

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe June 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    These are beeeautiful. Love the idea of tarting them up with a pretty fabric like this…

  • Reply June 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Beautiful shorts! I love patterned shorts and I also love the idea an elastic waist, comfy! How is the quality of the fabric? I was eyeing in and a few others from that company but was scared because the price was so reasonable…

  • Reply Fabric Tragic June 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    They look great – is the elastic front waistband bulky?

    • Reply Kelli June 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      no, you topstitch the elastic down which helps it lay pretty flat.

  • Reply Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) June 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    These are sooooo cute! You should definitely try to make another pair!

  • Reply sage m June 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    These look so nice! The pattern is lovely too. I hope the pattern becomes available on its own. I saw the bundle a few days ago and I don’t have a need for any of the other patterns. Don’t you hate that? 🙂

    • Reply Kelli June 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      im sure that it will. probably after the parcel is over.

  • Reply Nilla June 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  • Reply Scruffybadger June 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    I love them too!! I can’t wait to sew mine once I’ve got a few w.i.p.s completed. These shorts and the bombshell were too irresistible and I snapped up the pattern parcel !! It’s great seeing different takes on the prefontaine popping up!

  • Reply April Boyer // Modern Handmade June 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    These are great! I love the fabric and the changes you made look amazing. Sounds like a versatile pattern!

  • Reply Gail June 11, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Cool. Seems funny to see people wearing shorts. Its getting a little chilly here in Sydney town.

  • Reply Crab and Bee June 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Yep, I would live in those. I’ve got a few similar vintage patterns I snapped up awhile ago and may have to copy you by sewing some up in a dressier fabric!

  • Reply lili ash June 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    These shorts are so cool! I love this print- the colors are so fun & summery.

  • Reply Beth – Sew DIY June 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I love these! I purchased the parcel and have been trying to decide what to make first. I have lots of silky prints in my stash and had not thought about using them before.

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