While most of the states are gearing up for fall, California is just entering the heat of summer. September and October tend to bring the heat and I am really hoping that’s the case. After a foggy, wet summer, I am finally ready to bust out my shorts and skirts. A day at the beach is calling…Which leads me to my new favorite shorts, the Magnolia shorts. Flowy and comfortable to wear, these shorts look exactly like a mini skirt when made from a drapey fabric. I was lucky enough to be one of the pattern testers for Magnolia shorts and I can honestly say that SewCaroline has created a brilliant, quick sew. With only two pattern pieces and limited notions required, you will be amazed how quickly your shorts come together!
For mine, I chose a tropical, black and white rayon from the store because it had a great drape and monochrome palette I knew I could get a lot of wear out of. The fabric washed up beautifully and was easy to cut. I used my rotary blade and was done in about 5 minutes! To assemble, I followed Caroline’s directions to seam first on my machine and then finish on a serger. This kept my seams from sliding around on my serger and they looked super professional. After some quick pressing, I was off to the waistband.
The waistband requires some simple basting to gather the material and create the skirt like effect. Once complete, it’s a typical elastic waistband finished with two rows of stay stitching to keep the elastic in place and give it a more finished look.I really enjoyed sewing this pattern and already have another pair of Magnolia shorts planned in this fabric. I think they will transition great into fall and be a perfect wardrobe staple. This pattern works for many different substrates which can be seen in Sew Caroline’s samples that she sewed up in voile and knit.
Here’s a little fabric inspiration to get you started!