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Harper Shorts

Hello, friends! I figured it was time I dusted off the old blog and showed off some of the things I’ve been sewing recently. I really didn’t mean to stay away from here for almost a month but somehow that’s how long it has been. I am happy to be back with this fun pair of shorts!

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These are the Harper shorts from Megan Nielsen patterns. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that 3 of the patterns on my (currently completely abandoned) Make Nine list are Megan’s patterns. I’m happy to say that I’ve made two of the three that I put on my list, the Acacia Undies (free pattern!) and the Flint trousers. I’m hoping to get to the Matilda dress before the end of the year!

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This month on Megan’s blog the Harper shorts is the pattern of the month. They have been running a sewalong for the pattern and even posted a really cool wide leg trouser variation. This pattern sort of slipped under my radar when it was released, I think maybe because I wasn’t sure how I would like the back zip. But I was excited to give the pattern a try since Megan’s patterns tend to fit me pretty well.

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You know when you go to Google to look up something how you instantly start getting ads for similar things popping up all over the place? I am pretty sure I’d barely opened the listing for the Harper shorts in Megan’s shop when I saw an ad for a really cute pair of black shorts from JCrew factory. The shorts had slash pockets and a scalloped hem that made me swoon. The Harper shorts pattern lists various options for customization and one of the ideas was a scalloped hem. I knew right then I wanted to try it.

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I ordered some of this black chino twill from La Mercerie to make my shorts. It’s a great weight for shorts or pants and I love that the color is a true, dark black. I did make a muslin because I wanted to check the sizing and length. I cut a size L graded to an XL and it fit me really well. I decided to lower the front rise by 1/2″ but otherwise made no fit changes beside adding length.

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The Harper shorts are finished with a waistband facing and are fully lined, unlike my inspiration shorts. I haven’t made a pair of lined pants or shorts before– I definitely think the lining bumps these up to fancy shorts status. I toyed with moving the center back zip to the side seam but I thought it might be tricky to try to insert the invisible zip into an area with a slash pocket. The bottom of the pocket opening area can get bulky, so I left the zip in the back. I added faux welt pockets to the back of the pants to look like my inspiration shorts and to break up the expanse of my backside.

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The Harper shorts have front patch pockets but I modified my pattern since I wanted slash pockets. The skort version of the Harper pattern has slash pockets so I used the pocket pieces from that view as a guide to make the changes. I really like the clean look of these shorts with the slash pockets and no front zip.

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I was a bit nervous about figuring out how to do the scallops but when I did a google search for how to create a scalloped hem Megan’s blog showed up! I was happy to find this tutorial, which worked so well for me. I ended up having to add 3.25″ in length to the pattern to get the shorts to be as long as I wanted. Adding the scalloped hem really shortens the hemline quite a bit. I wish I would have made them about 1/2″-1″ longer, actually, but it’s too late to change that now!

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It seems to me that there was a bit of a scallop miracle when I made these. I used an Offray ribbon spool as my template, since I wanted my scallops to be wide and shallow. I was worried about marking my scallops and ending up with a weird fractional scallop at the end of my leg opening. Somehow the circumference of the leg opening and the width of the scallops matched up perfectly and I ended up with my last full scallop ending exactly where my first one started. Yay for not having to do any math on this pair of shorts!

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My fancy shorts turned out just as I hoped they would! I am so pleased with the fit! I used rayon bemberg as my lining and it’s sort of a hot mess on the inside. One of the pieces got really distorted and I had to do some free hand cutting as I was sewing to get things to match up. Thankfully no one will see the inside but me! When I make these again I think I will probably skip the lining so that the shorts will seem more like my everyday shorts I can wear with flip flops and not just a pair that I should wear with my platform sandals.

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I would love to try the wide leg pants variation a try soon and I think next Summer I’ll be revisiting the Harper shorts since these fit me so nicely. Have you made any Megan Nielsen patterns lately? Newsletter subscribers were offered a discount on the Harper pattern this month– I’d recommend signing up for her newsletter if you’re interested in future pattern discounts!

Thanks for reading!

~Teri

p.s. The Harper pattern was given to me in exchange for review. The opinions expressed are my own. (I am a big fan of Megan’s patterns and have purchased many of them previously.)

p.p.s. My tank is the Durango tank from Hey June patterns. This is a free pattern that I waited far too long to try. I love this pattern and highly recommend it! I modified the armholes to be finished with bands instead of bindings. The minute I finished this one I cut another one and I have been wearing both on repeat.

 

 

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