Hot! The “Too Cold for These” Shorts

The Facts
Fabric: Blue and white striped canvas from IKEA $7
Pattern: Simplicity 2245
Year: 2011
Notions: Metal zip $1
Time to complete: 4 hours originally, 2 hours to finish
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Next summer!
Total price: ~$8

I had high hopes for these shorts and I don’t know if I’ll ever succeed. But they are finished and more wearable than I thought.

I think the start of my problems came with the fabric choice. There is just no “give” in canvas. The rest of my problems stem from inexperience with fitting trousers. I still notice some bunching but it won’t keep me from wearing them.

Originally, I was going to submit these for the Red, White, or Blue challenge way back in July. But I put them aside because I just didn’t have good feelings about them. I knew if I studied up a bit more I could make them work. When I went back to them last week I didn’t even try them on, just sewed in the zipper and tacked down the facing. I tried them on only to see where I should hem them. And miracle of miracles they fit much better than I remembered!

Since it’s autumn and I’m not a crazy person, I won’t get to wear them again until next year. So here’s hoping my hips and bum don’t change shape before then!!



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Oh cute! (I know, I’m saying that for everyone this week, but everyone made such adorable outfits!). I really like the wide matching stripes, and they look lovely and comfortable.

  2. I think your shorts are really cute.. And from the photos, looks like a great fit.. Hope you enjoy them next summer.Happy sewing.

  3. They look comfortable, and make a great pair of walking shorts. Kudos for perfectly matching the stripes.

  4. They look great and very comfy. Great photos Liz. I need shorts for jogging in I may have to give this little pattern a go.

    • It’s actually a pattern for trousers but I’ve only tried it for shorts. You have to give a bit more ease to the thighs so you can take them in and hem to your liking. But I’ve never had to make many adjustments for fit around the hips/bum/etc, so that’s a bonus!

  5. I love these, they look like edwardian bathing suit shorts :) I’m sure they’ll get plenty of wear next summer.