One of my summer sewing goals was to make myself some shorts. I made some less than successful Iris shorts and a nice pair of Thurlow shorts. With Shorts on the Line happening right now I thought I should try out two quick sew patterns that I’ve been wanting to make: the Juba shorts and the Prefontaine shorts.
I was a pattern tester for the Juba shorts for men. The women’s pattern is very similar, but it is 3 pattern pieces instead of 2. There is a separate waistband in the women’s version, whereas in men’s pattern the top of the shorts is folded down to create a casing. The shorts have an elastic back waist and a flat front tied with a drawstring.
I made a size large but when I tried them on halfway through sewing I realized they were a lot bigger than I wanted them. I took in the side seams quite a bit– probably an inch or more on each side. There is quite a bit of ease between each size so I’m not sure if I could have gone with a straight medium or if I would have been better off midway between a medium and a large.
I also wanted the shorts to be lower in the waist so I cut off about an inch all around the top before attaching the waistband. I also added an inch to the length of the shorts. These are really comfortable but I think my fabric choice makes them look like pajamas. I got this Anna Maria Horner fabric on super sale. It’s not my favorite but it’s come in handy for making some wearable muslins. Next time I make the Juba shorts I’ll pick less pajama-ish fabric and add pockets.
I also made my first pair of Prefontaine shorts this week. I have been wanting to make these for at least a month and I’m so glad I finally got to them. They were a lot of fun to sew and I loved getting to pick out a contrasting fabric for the bias tape trim.
I made a size 14 but these are pretty loose through the legs. Because of the way these shorts are constructed there isn’t really a good way to take them in during the sewing process. Next time I will make a 12. I added an inch to the length to take the inseam to 6 inches. These are going to be great for playing outside with my little guys. (And at some point I will be making Prefontaine shorts for my little guys since I also bought the kids pattern!)