Hot! The “Summer Camp” Shorts


The Facts
Fabric: Khaki canvas from a previous project 12 years ago
Pattern: McCalls 6287
Year: 1962
Notions: zipper from an old pair of pants & button from the inherited stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Jan. 2012
Wear again? Yes. Once these legs have some color on them.
Total price: $0

Sadly I didn’t take part in the MTL challenge. My OCD convinced me the challenge had to be the exact pattern and the exact fabric. I could have pulled something from my stash, but I wouldn’t have been satisfied with it not being exact. This is something I still need to get over. But I did however take part in the Down Under Challenge. Since I live in Southern California, we have been having temps in the high 70’s. So the shorts may not be for a Winter season, but they worked for the nice warm day in late January. My legs aren’t exactly ready to be seen in public. Must do yoga and must get out in the sun more often.

The funny thing is the pattern and fabric were cut 12 years ago, when my mom was going to make me shorts for Summer Camp. Sadly, the shorts never made it to camp with me since my mom only got as far as cutting the fabric. The pattern it came from belonged to my Mom when she was a teen. So you can imagine there could be some missing pieces. Well, the only thing missing was the instructions and the pattern pieces to the front and back of the shorts. You can also imagine, that as I have never sewn pants or shorts before, that I went into freakout mode. I literally figured how to sew the front and back and the waist band together by guesstimation. That’s not the only issue I ran into. I had no idea which was the front or the back. They looked the same! So I made another guess as to where my button and button hole would be on my waist band. When I finished I had made my shorts backwards….Well I decided to wear them properly and just have the waistband be backwards. No biggie.

I have a feeling the shorts are supossed to appear shorter on women with longer legs than mine own. This is pretty much the shortest I can get away with, modestly and age appropriately. I made the shirt too, about 2 years ago. I don’t ever wear it. I made it way too big and it was my first sewing machine project for myself. It also came from a vintage pattern that belonged to my Mom.




Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. Maybe you will wear the shirt more that you have shorts to go with it? I think they look good, good job working with what you had.

  2. Those shorts and that top look great together! Very cute!

    • I thought so too. I wanted to wear a top that would show the waistband, but this seem to work out,a nd I got to showcase 2 projects at once.

  3. Nice sew job with the darts. Looks Greta – way to go with no directions.

  4. Good shorts, are you sure they are backwards? They look right to me! Fab job.

  5. Wow, I love that this pattern was originally intended for you years ago, and now you’ve made them yourself. I think the shorts look great, and the top as well. And it really would be perfect for the kind of weather California’s had this past weekend.

  6. These are super cute! Well done sans instructions- they look great :D

  7. So cute! I love the high waist and the pleating.

  8. These are SO cute high waisted, don’t wear the shirt long like that over it! Tuck in a cute blouse and show off that cute skinny waist of yours!

  9. They’re fab shorts, the darts look perfect, well done.

  10. Wow, I would have run in the other direction once I discovered the lack of instructions! I love the stitched down pleats and your legs look great, yoga or no yoga.

  11. I’m amazed at how these all came together – they are darn cute.

  12. Love these shorts – the zipper looks fantastic!!!