I lead a pretty casual life.  Whilst this next project is not especially interesting, it does get plenty of wear. 

Denim shorts.

Pattern:  Marfy 0293 from the Spring-Summer 2007 catalogue.  I had to grade the pattern up, as the free pattern that came with the catalogue was not large enough for me.  The lovely thing about Marfy patterns is that they use a metric grade, so it is easy to grade up using any ruler that I can get my hands on in this house.

I added extra length.  This is an unusual length for me.  I have taken inspiration from the J.Crew's 5" chinos.  I did scoop out the front waist a little (which I don't think that I have marked on the pattern...note for next time!). 

Fabric:  Frankie B.  stretch denim from EmmaOneSock.  I am not familiar with Frankie B.; however, the denim does seem to be good quality.  This one has an almost purplish tinge to it.  I made these shorts last year, but I wanted to see how the denim washed and wore before I showed you. 

I deliberately kept details to a minimum, as this seems to be the current fashion.  The only decoration is silver rivets on the pockets. 

I have stitched a simple design onto the back pockets.  It is hard to see in this photo...it doesn't especially stand out in real life either, but that is what I wanted.


  1. They fit like a charm and I really like the 'longer' short look on you. I remember that Frankie B denim over at EOS - I was umming & ahhing over it but eventually decided no. Wish I had got some now ;)

  2. Good looking shorts - yu will get a lot of wear from them.

  3. We all need casual gear and your shorts look really comfy.

  4. It must be summer as I notice a common theme with many Aussie sewists. We are all sewing casual summer basics. :) Great shorts and definitely an essential item. Not boring at all. :)

  5. Not boring whatsoever! Super useful. I really like a longer length on shorts. I'm not a huge fan of shorts to begin with but if I do wear them they are usually around this length.

  6. Very nice! They are a nice neutral colour and neat fit, you will get a lot of wear out of them!

  7. They look professionally made. We should sew more for our casual self.