The “Lake Lure” Shorts

The Facts

Fabric | Denim left over from several projects
Pattern | Jalie 2908 shortened
Year | modern
Notions | rainbow top stitch thread, zipper, interfacing
Time to complete | about 4 hours
First worn | Saturday.
Wear again? probably
Total price | I’m not sure.  Everything was already here at the house.

When the new themes were posted I really couldn’t figure out what to do for this week’s city theme.  I haven’t actually been to many major cities and unless I wanted to make myself some soccer mom style capri pants (which I actually do need) I wasn’t doing my suburb.  So I sort of planned to skip this week.  Then I got around to tracing my Jalie Jeans pattern.  I wanted to test the fit without using a lot of fabric so I folded the pieces up to be the length of cut offs just like the ones that Baby wore in Dirty Dancing.  What does this have to do with the theme?  Well I grew up in Rutherford county only on very small town over from Lake Lure NC where Dirty Dancing was filmed. I didn’t move there until a few years after the move came out though.

I wore these all day Saturday and I think I’m pleased with the fit.  I took my measurements and ended up tracing the pattern two sizes smaller then I did for my pink cords.  The rise is lower and they are fitted but I think in a good way.  One thing I really like about this pattern is the way the rise is much higher in the back then the front so I can have low rise pants without a plumbers crack.




Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. I loved that movie and being that I often spent my summers in the Catskills I can totally relate. Love the rainbow top stitching detail, really adds a great fun factor. Nice job on the fitting!

  2. I’ve heard good things about the Jalie patterns – it is very good to hear one more. Great way to use up a leftover and make a wearable muslin. The coloured thread is a nice detail.

  3. Love those ‘cut-off’ (and your pink cords) and the rainbow top stitching is a lovely detail.

  4. These are so cute. I love your decorative stitching!

  5. Love the shorts! The rainbow top stitching looks fantastic!

  6. Hehe… is that bridge catching you a la Patrick Swayze?!