I have made up these Burda Style shorts before. I made a red cotton pair, which I wear a lot in the summer. They’re great to relax at home in.
The adjustments I made to the pattern are outlined in the post Making the scarlet shorts.
The linen I used for this pair were from the Sew Incidently meetup in August 2013. It’s a beautiful colour. There was only about half a metre of it. There was just enough for these shorts.
For the facings I used some Liberty Tana Lawn scraps that were left over from the Contrast dress. It did feel a bit strange to use a Liberty fabric as facings, but it’s actually a good use of little bits of fabric. It actually gives the garment a different feel too - a bit of luxury. Something special that only you know about when you’re wearing it.
I had another attack of the ‘waist Bermuda triangle’. I have used this pattern before and the facings went together with the waistline with no problems. But, on this pair the facings were about 1 inch too short. I don’t know what happened. I had to add a small piece at the end to lengthen it.
Before I sewed the shorts up, I embroidered along the hem line. I marked out the area in tailor’s chalk and used a small embroidery hoop. I used a lighter blue colour embroidery floss . It gives the fabric some texture, but it’s quite minimal and subtle. I used a lazy daisy stitch for the flowers and it’s freestyle. Just like scattering a few flowers along a path. It was very relaxing embroidering these flowers. I did it whilst Wimbledon was on.
The only new thing I bought especially for this make was the concealed zip. I used materials I already had at home, so it feels like it scores well on thrifitness.
I’m so happy with these shorts. I’m enjoying wearing them.