We’re fully in the middle of summer and with it uncomfortably hot weather. I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts, but they are a necessity when temperatures rise into the 90’s and even 100’s. When I decided to sew my own shorts, I began looking for a good basic pattern. I’ve always liked J.Crew’s basic chino shorts. Simple silhouette, with a zip fly, nice deep side pockets and the split welt pockets in the back.
I went looking for a similar pattern and I was so happy when I came across the Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studios. Other than the pockets in the back, this pattern is exactly what I was looking for! Grainline Studios has some great patterns for those articles of clothing you wear again and again. I’m eyeing the Alder Shirtdress and the Archer Button Up Shirt for my fall/winter wardrobe. The Maritime Shorts pattern is such a great basic. I plan to also make these in an organic caramel colored canvas I have waiting in my stash. For those I’ll create the split welt pockets in the back. This first pair, I used Robert Kaufman’s Brussels Washer Yarn Dye linen/rayon blend in the denim color. This material is lighter weight for shorts, but certainly substantial enough. Plus, it has a beautiful drape, so it makes for a little bit of a dressier short. I opted to leave out any back pockets because I didn’t want the bulk of a welt pocket or the casualness of a standard back pocket. I’m certainly happy with leaving the back bare of any pockets.
When you purchase the Maritime Shorts pattern it comes with a full picture tutorial. All the pictures are clear graphic drawings and easy to understand, but there is also a full photo tutorial on her blog that has the option for a curved hem. I personally prefer photo tutorials to graphic picture tutorials. My mommy brain has a hard time remembering if the shaded side was the right or wrong side. Am I the only one?
The photo tutorial became especially useful when I was installing the zip fly. I have never installed a zip fly and I was a bit nervous of messing things up, but I took it real slow and waited for my kids to be asleep to get to work. The directions were super clear and my zip fly looks perfect. It lays nice and flat and everything lines up beautifully. It may have taken me awhile, but I don’t think I could have done a better job. Seriously, if you are having any hesitation about trying out this pattern because of the zip fly, just do it. The directions are really well written and they will get you through it successfully.
Now, I just need to start sewing up all the tanks I have planned to go with these shorts. Next up is a pale pink Ella Top!
Pattern Used: Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studios
Material Used: Robert Kaufman’s Brussels Washer Yarn Dye in Denim
And, my little helper!