Thursday, April 21, 2011

Summer Shorts Inspiration

First of all I want to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on yesterday's shorts post. I will definitely be checking out all of your pattern suggestions and picking up a few at the next sale.

First up on tonight's agenda is my current sewing project. I am working on a Kate Spade inspired skirt right now. All it needs is a hook and eye and the hem, which I intend to do by hand*, and then it will be ready for it's photo debut, weather permitting. Since I didn't have time to make an Easter dress I think I am going to deem this my Easter skirt.

* In the not so distant past I had publicly declared my hatred of hand sewing. However, I think I have had a change of heart. A girl can change her mind, right?  I still don't love it, but I think I am starting to see that it does have a purpose and can produce very satisfactory results. In the case of hand sewing, the end definitely justifies the means, even if the "means" are not a boatload of fun.  I decided to hand baste the zipper on my skirt and I became magically converted, and in awe, of the wonders that a little hand sewing can do.

Now, lets get to the main point on tonight''s agenda. Summer shorts! I have been perusing the interwebs for some lovely inspiration, so kick back, grab a snack, and take a look.

I really love the retro flair that these shorts possess, but with their price tag of $230 the only way I will possess them is to make myself a pair. 

I love bows and I love ruffles so of course I love these Modcloth shorts.

The pockets on these shorts, also from Modcloth, are precious! It couldn't be that hard to draw a heart to make a simple patch pocket, right? ( These are precious, but not precious enough to order a pair with their nearly $200 price tag.)

Modcloth definitely has the cutest shorts that I have found online. I really like the pair above, but I am not sure if that pleat would do anything to help my thighs.

I have posted these on another inspiration post before, but I still love them.

These shorts were also on another on my inspiration posts, and like the ones above, I still think they're quite cute.

Readers, what do you think? Do you love or hate my inspiration shorts? Have you seen any cute shorts while perusing clothing websites?

Happy Sewing!


  1. Check out KwikSew 3854 for 3 or 4 of those shorts ...

  2. Honestly, I'm not much of a shorts girl (I own precisely two non-exercise versions), but these inspiration pairs are all absolutely adorable. I can't decide if the heart pockets or the hem ruffles are better details - they're all just awesome. You are going to have amazing shorts, whichever way you choose to go!

    Also, I can't WAIT to see your Kate Spade inspired skirt. I love, love, love Kate Spade (as you no doubt know by now!) - everything she designs is divine. Your version has to be just adorable, I know it!

  3. Not much to say about the shorts (as I'm not generally a fan of them), but YAY FOR HANDSEWING! I, like you, used to despise it. But last summer during PR Wardrobe Contest, I discovered just how soothing it is, and how nice it can be to sit back and relax, put on a good show or movie, and just stitch. :)

    Okay wait I lied. I do have an opinion on the shorts. I like the ruffle and bow shorts, I wanna steal that heart-shaped pocket for a skirt, and I sort of want to turn that polka-dot pair into a skirt. :D

    With all these fantastic inspirations, I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  4. Love the modcloth heart pocket shorts! I'm not a super big fan of shorts (doesn't get warm enough here) but I am loving all these inspiration shots!!

  5. Love the modcloth shorts, especially the ones with scallop pockets and the pair with ruffles! I've just started wearing shorts again, and I think these are some fabulous styles for the summer!