I picked up a little less than a yard of this gorgeous watercolor floral print fabric from the remnants at JoAnn Fabrics a few months ago. I had planned to make a pencil skirt with it. Though I’m sure a skirt would have been pretty, shorts are much more practical for my everyday life. I love the fabric too much to let it sit in my closet most of the year.
These are made using the Prefontaine Shorts pattern from Made with Moxie. A few weeks ago I wrote a post comparing and contrasting this pattern to the City Gym Shorts pattern from Purl Soho. My first version of the Prefontaine Shorts ended up as lounge wear. I tweaked the fit and used a bottom weight fabric this time and I’m really happy with the finished shorts.
On the first pair, I tried the exposed waistband option. This time, I made a casing for the waistband and added an extra line of stitching to keep the elastic from twisting. I made the size 4 again, but this time I took out about 1/2″ on the front center seam to eliminate the bunching I had on the first pair. I added a pocket facing piece to give the pocket a finished look on the inside.
I made my own bias binding from a scrap of lightweight denim. The denim was a really dark, which would have been to much contrast for my taste, so I turned it over and used the wrong side. It looks more like a light chambray and coordinates well with the chambray top I had in mind to wear with the shorts.
Today is the last day of “Shorts on the Line” over at Imagine Gnats. I’m entering these floral Prefontaine Shorts in the contest. You can see all of the contest entries at Kollabora and vote for the ones you love by adding them to your favorites.