January 24, 2014

Sew: Linen Colette Iris Shorts

I was debating about posting these shorts as they are really simple and don't make for exciting blog reading. I'm not usually a shorts wearing girl but my boys are growing up and some days just call for shorts instead of dresses. I'd seen a lot of linen shorts around in the shops and I like the style of loose linen shorts. 

Even though they are so simple and plain (and extremely hard to photograph!), I do love these shorts. The colour and style goes with most of my tops and blouses. The loose fit is comfortable and flattering. I find RTW shorts too tight in the thighs and way too short. 

I made these up at Sewjourn in December and they were really, really tight when I first put them on. Almost indecent and definitely not comfortable. I'd sized down from my last pair as I knew the linen would bag out. I'm so glad I made this call as they now are a perfect relaxed fit.

Project Details
Pattern: Colette Iris Shorts, size 14
Fabric: Como Storm Linen from Tessuti Melbourne
Alterations: Lengthened by 4cm, omitted pockets.

There's really not much else to say about these shorts. They're lovely and simple. Perfect for lounging around home on a rainy day.

Happy Australia Day weekend!! 
L x


  1. Wow. These look so great on you, Leith! Simple, but perfectly fitted. I've just recently begun wearing shorts again myself, after disavowing them my first year of high school, and love how comfortable and easy they are to throw on. Making yours up in linen gives them such a chic twist. I may try my own hand at a pair of Irises, after such inspiration!

  2. I love this outfit on you, and those shorts are definitely something I would steal from a friend's closet! (keep your eye on them - they're not safe! haha ^_^) Great point about the linen - I never would have thought to make them up a size too small to compensate for bag factor ^_^

  3. I'm not a shorts wearer either but one of our sewing shops has this pattern as a sewing class and I thought it might be worth doing it as I'd lot LOTS of new skills...and the length is good as you say.

  4. Nice legs :-) I think you should wear shorts more often!

  5. Good point about the linen. I could see myself in these - and I never wear shorts!!! Cheers, Karen


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