October 15, 2012

Sew: Colette Patterns Iris Shorts

Due to the fact that I am a farmer's daughter, let's talk about the weather!! On Thursday, Melbourne didn't reach 12 degrees. Yesterday and today were sunny and well over 20 degrees. Tropical!! Time to pull out the shorts.

These shorts have been hanging on my sewing room door for well over a week waiting for some warm weather and sunshine. True to their word, these shorts were quick and simple to sew up, taking only a few enjoyable hours. I made a straight size 16 with no fit alterations. I extended the length by 10cm as I wasn't sure about wearing shorts, let alone short shorts. I think they turned out nicely.

I did make the pockets according to the instructions but once finished they drove me nuts. I do not need any more bulk in my lower tummy region (thank you Mr N & Mr H!) and I was always fiddling with the pockets to make them sit flat. I ended up simply overlocking the pockets off but leaving the opening to create a faux pocket detail.

Project Details
Pattern: Colette Patterns Iris Shorts
Fabric: Echino Polka Dot Fuschia Pink 85% cotton & 15% linen from Kelani Fabrics
Alterations: lengthened shorts by 10cm and used a 5cm hem, no fit adjustments

These shorts will be perfect for outings with my boys on warm summer days. I am planning two more pairs in a dark denim and a natural linen.

Perfect with my new Saltwater Sandals! 

L x


  1. They look great, love the colour. That pattern's on my summer sewing list too.

  2. So cute!! Love the polka dots! ^_^ I meant to sew these but summer's gone now so I'll have to wait til next year :)

  3. Great fit and without (fit) alterations is awesome! I concur about the variable weather especially yesterday - I struggle to decide what to put my toddler in for childcare when the temperature range is from 10-27degC!

    Where did you buy the saltwater sandals? I love the silver

    1. Thanks Claire! I got my saltwater sandals from Lady Pinwheel online.

  4. They are lovely summery shorts. I love the spots.

    I am looking forward to some warm weather as well. My son was complaining only last night because it is still not warm enough to swim and even when we get a nice day the water is freezing.

  5. "Perfect with my new Saltwater Sandals" ... and a bright orange pedi :)
    Not bad for a make straight outta the packet! I'm liking them.

  6. These shorts are super cute! Great fit too.


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