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    I'm Sabrina, and I love to make pretty things, visit inspiring places, eat really good food, and take lots of photos along the way. Though I live with my husband in Atlanta, GA, I consider the world my home, and I can't wait to see more of it.

handmade: black and white colette iris shorts

In the time since I took a nasty spill in the middle of a run, I’ve been to urgent care twice and my sports medicine doctor once. I’ve had two sets of x-rays and had my arm in a sling for a few days. In other words, it was way worse than I thought…much more than just a skinned knee and elbow! While I (amazingly) didn’t break anything, I now have doctor’s orders to avoid running, biking, lots of stairs, big hills, yoga, lunges, and squats for three months. THREE MONTHS! I was just starting to feel like I was making good progress in my running, so this directive is pretty disappointing. 🙁

In happier news, I finally finished my Colette Iris shorts for the Black and White Challenge…and I absolutely love them!

Colette Iris shorts

As I mentioned when I shared my muslin, I made several changes to the pattern:

  • added 1/2″ length
  • moved the pockets to the side seams
  • moved the invisible zipper from the side seam to the rear
  • graded the hips down so the shorts will fit me in the waist and fit my narrow hips

All that work with the two muslins paid off! They’re a perfect fit.

Colette Iris shorts

I love this pattern so much, I’m planning a shorts wardrobe overhaul for summer! Once I sorted out my adjustments, making them was pretty straightforward. I really like the clean front and the invisible zipper, as it makes these slightly dressy.

With the custom fit, they are incredibly comfortable too!

Colette Iris shorts

Have you ever made shorts before? What’s your favorite shorts pattern?

April 29, 2013 - 11:14 am

Kristin - Your shorts look fantastic!! I hate making muslins, but it seems to have worked perfectly in your favor! I’ve never made shorts before, and I don’t usually wear them, but this makes me want to try. Fantastic job!

April 29, 2013 - 1:38 pm

MammaNene - I love your shorts! And they fit perfectly indeed!
My Black and White entry is coming soon, I’ve sewn and made pics, “only” to write post and edit pics LOL


April 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Tiffany - Nice! I love the fabric.

April 29, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Rachel - They look so comfy and stylish, best part is you can make more with your alterations already done. Hope you heal really quickly 🙂

April 29, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Sabrina - Thanks, everyone! And Kristin, I’m not a fan of the extra work muslins create, but I’m beginning to really see the value in spending a little more time upfront to get a better (and more repeatable) outcome.

April 30, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Diane @ Vintage Zest - So cute! I made shorts before, but they were a mess. (http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/03/sewing-rewind-first-clothing-attempts_5.html)

These are fabulous, and the fabric is great! They definitely look dressier than most shorts and lie in the golden area between tween daisy dukes and mom bermudas, where there is a serious lack of cute options. Great job!

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