Monday, August 20, 2018

Two Pair Navy Linen-Cotton Shorts- Grainline Maritime and Simplicity 8134

Simplicity 8134 wrap shorts and Grainline Maritime Shorts  in Mood Fabrics' stretch linen

I needed navy shorts, my pair was just worn out, you know the ugly navy faded out color.  My first thought was I need to go buy some shorts.  What, Lori?  Are you serious?  Well, I really do like the Loft shorts, they fit nicely and are a good length.  Well, I thought about it some more and knew I had some great linen-cotton stretch fabric.  Hey, Lori, make yourself a pair!

I loved my pair of wrap pants, Simplicity 8134 and wanted to try the shorts.  Especially after I saw Anita's pair, aren't they fabulous and doesn't she look amazing.  I had this Mood Fabrics' linen-cotton stretch, I purchased this fabric after seeing Erica's jacket.  I was going to make a jacket but the shorts would get worn so much more.  One thing interesting about the fabric - the stretch is lengthwise
from the Mood Site
"this shirting fabric consists of a nice give in the warp, parallel to the selvage, and absolutely no give in the weft. Of a lighter medium weight and with a crisp drape, use this sophisticated fabric for thicker shirts, light-weight suits and jackets, shorts and bottoms"

Simplicity 8134 wrap shorts in Mood Fabrics' stretch linen

I don't consider this a shirting fabric, it has some substance to it, not a heavy twill bottomweight but good for a summer short.  

Simplicity 8134 wrap shorts in Mood Fabrics' stretch linen

I did add a bit to the hips on this pattern, this time, the first pair felt just narrow to me.  Not sure with all the stretch I really needed it, but better safe.  Here is the back of the pants, I think it is a good fit right out of the pattern envelope
Simplicity 8134 wrap shorts in Mood Fabrics' stretch linen

I wanted to try something different on my Pfaff Creative Icon, the Stitch Creator.  You can program a combination of decorative and/or text stitches for a specific stitchout.  I went with this pattern name and stitched it out on the inside waistband.  It shows be the back and reminds me the pattern name
Pfaff Creative Icon Stitch Sequencer for pattern name in waistband

I did run the stitching uphill  a bit, I was too busy taking a photo for Instagram and took my hands off the fabric!  I will know next time to keep hands on it and stitch it straight!

I had enough fabric to make one more pair and went with my favorite shorts pattern,
Grainline Maritime Shorts.  I have made these four times before and like them best with fabric some stretch.  I only have the floral pair still in my closet, the tan pair (no stretch) ended up a bit small and not too comfortable to wear.  I wore the other two pair so much, they were just worn out! 

The shorts do show some wrinkles but I wore them a bit before photos.

I made the inseam 5 inches on these and added the back pockets
Maritime Shorts in Mood Fabrics' Stretch Linen-Cotton - back with pockets

A few changes I have made to the pattern.... Here is the photo from the Grainline website's tutorial for the shorts
Source-  Grainline Studio

I taped this pattern piece to my front pattern piece and just cut it all at once.  Seemed a bit easier like this.  I changed the front pocket construction like the Ginger Jeans, too.

I used some binding for the inside of the waistband, it is such a pretty finish.  I use this

So two new pair of navy shorts to finish up the summer.  I like how they are each quite different, the Maritime will get worn more but the wrap shorts are just fun.

Anything you are trying to finish up for summer?  I have several things I want to finish before the seasons change.  I always get this feeling for a big push at the end of a season to make a few more garments.

Oh, one more thing, I made a cute granddaughter outfit before I changed serger thread. 
Simplicity 8706, view D and I used some leftover Rifle Paper & Co fabric to make this little dress.  It has a side pocket and I had the print rayon which looked really good with the navy floral.

I did have just enough fabric to make this work but had to had a center back seam.  While sewing the hem, I noticed a hole in the fabric.  I used a bit more of the print rayon and covered the hole.  A design element!


  1. I love both pair of shorts. The second pair look great with the binding in the waistband.

    1. Thanks, Sandy, the binding sure finishes the garment nicely. Sometimes I get in a hurry and do a quick serged edge! :)

  2. Both pair look great on you !

    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen, I wore the Maritimes yesterday and love them.

  3. Super always inspire me.
    Happy Sewing,
    Mary G.

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