Saturday, July 19, 2014

Patterned Shorts DIY

I'm back with a quick refashion using a free pattern I found online and this thrifted maternity top I picked up for $2.50. I loved the pattern and border along the bottom hem.

The shorts pattern can be found here at Elle Frost, a fashion blog with inspiration and diys, and if you jump over you'll see that the final product is different from my own. I'll explain why along the way ;).

The bottom border was what sold me on this top as the perfect piece to become shorts. I cut across at the waistline and laid the pattern pieces to make sure I'd have enough fabric(after having printed, cut out, and taped together). I used them 'loosely' as a guide when cutting out the pieces for my shorts. I didn't want to do more sewing than necessary, so I kept the side seams of the top intact and opted out of making the rounded hem and side slits that the pattern calls for. Then, all I had to sew was the front and back seam, the legs and the waistband (with elastic). Super easy! Here's how they turned out.

This is my first pair of patterned shorts and I love them! They're light and comfy for lounging around, but also for being out in the heat. I did add a little bit to the width of the pattern pieces as I knew I wanted them to fit loosely. Can't wait to make an actual copy of the original pattern with some leftovers from my stash! Hope you stop over at Elle Frost for this free pattern and more fashion inspiration :).

Hope you liked can find this post and many other refashions at my blog Little Did You Know.



Elizabeth Hill said...

These are so cute! Do you have plans for the leftovers?

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Ellie Frost said...

Wow! So cool to see my pattern in use, they are beautiful!
Elle xx

Andrea said...

Yay! Glad you've seen them Ellie! Though, I think I forgot to post a comment on your pattern letting you know :-/ I know these are a 'loose' translation of your pattern, but I've plans for another pair!

Elizabeth, I'm considering a cropped top and adding a lace border to the hem or removing the sleeves (which are voluminous) and unpicking them and making them into a skirt for the bodice (if I've got enough). I'll play with it until I come up with something ;)

Andrea said...

Oh, and Ellie, I found your free pattern by way of LeeLueDrew's instagram when she made a pair and posted the pic and pinterest link! Gotta love social media :)

Love Street Salvage said...

These are awesome Andrea! Thinking about trying this out with a large vintage scarf...I think the patterns and border would be great for this! I still need to try your kimono idea as well. Now that I'm not stuck in an office full time, I should be able to. Thanks for always inspiring me!!