courtney’s floral shorts – how-to!

You may remember a bit more than a week ago when these shorts appeared in one of the Office Style posts. They are vintage by Steel Jeans, and quite of a few of you asked about them – I really liked them too! As you can see above, Courtney, the owner of the shorts, lent them to me for a day so that I could look them over and prepare to make my own pair! I did, and it was super easy! Here’s how I did it!
First I color-copied Courtney’s shorts, so that I could have a real-sized pattern of the patches on the front. It also really helped to have a guide for placement! I have posted the pictures I used on Flickr so you can use them too! Click on the picture, then original size to get the whole huge picture! Print them out and you have the patterns too!
Next I went home and picked out a pair of shorts I wanted to alter, and some pretty fabric for the patches!

You might notice that my fabric is very wrinkly! I highly recommend ironing any fabric you use for this project, but I don’t have an iron, so as for me, I just had to wing it! I folded the fabric I chose for the patches in half, and then drew an outline of one of the patterns on it. You could also use each pattern and draw each side separately.
My shorts are quite a bit bigger than Courtney’s, so I drew my outline out a bit from the outline of the pattern to compensate.
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Then I cut the patches out, and pinned them to the shorts! I used the color copy of Courtney’s shorts as a guide.
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Next, I sewed them down! I used a sewing machine for this part, but I think it would also be very easy to sew this by hand. With the sewing machine I had to be very careful not to sew down the pockets of my shorts!
Halfway finished!
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Ta Da! Finished!
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They turned out pretty good, right? I love them!
If any of you make shorts too, send us a picture of you wearing them at blog.freepeople@gmail.com! I would love to see how yours turn out!

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kristin -June 15, 2009, 1:04PM

hey, i just bought a pair of shorts and some fabric and plan to start on these shorts this week. my question: do you think i’d be alright to hand-sew the fabric on? i noticed it’d been done with a machine, but i don’t have one, not to mention i’m pretty terrible at using them.

ruthie -June 15, 2009, 9:48PM

i’m making a pair of these right now (soon as i get up). i’m going to put fabric on the back too! you’ll get pictures soon.

Nastia -June 11, 2012, 5:47PM

It looks a little awks :P

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