Top Pattern Picks For Summer - 2017 Edition - Shorts, Pants & Culottes

Summer shorts...if I'm completely honest, I feel much more at home in some shorts and a top than I do in skirts or dresses, so this list is essentially all the things I want to sew for myself this summer along with a few interesting picks. Let's dive right in.

Goji Shorts - Deer & Doe

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Goji Shorts - Deer and Doe | Image Courtesy of Deer and Doe

The Goji shorts (& skirt) from Deer & Doe have a real 'secret-pyjama' vibe to them. They are essentially an elasticated, drawstring waist, high waisted shorts with patch pockets. You can choose between version A which has a paperbag waist - very in right now - or version B with a simple waistband. The recommended fabrics for the Goji shorts are light weight woven fabrics such as chambray, rayon, linen, double gauze, etc. While the paperbag waist doesn't really grab me I am very tempted to make version B in a nice lightweight chambray. 

Maritime Shorts - Grainline Studio

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Maritime Shorts - Grainline Studio | Image Courtesy of Grainline Studio

The Maritime shorts are completely up my alley. They are a perfect summer short featuring a more modern fit, fly front closure, curved front pockets and patch pockets on the back. They would be gorgeous made up in a linen or twill or, as is my preference, a medium weight denim. This pattern is right up the top of my list for selfish sewing and I hope to feature some on a future blog for you.

Winslow Culottes - Helens Closet

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Winslow Culottes - Helens Closet | Image Courtesy of Helens Closet

Ok so I'm not sold on the culotte trend. While I love the look of these and they do look super comfortable, I'm just not convinced that they will suit me. I will step out of my comfort zone one day to have a crack at some but I will say it's not at the top of my list. Having said all that, I am well aware that culottes are very popular and so thought it my duty to include some in this list. The Winslow culottes are described as wide legged pants designed for style and comfort. This pattern includes versions for shorts, above the knee, midi length and full length palazzo pants so there is plenty of variation. The design features inverted box pleats, inseam pockets, an invisible zip closure and waistband. Any light to medium weight woven fabrics with some drape would work for these patterns though it does recommend keeping more structured fabrics to the shorter two versions. 

Belize Shorts - Itch To Stitch

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Belize Shorts - Itch to Stitch | Image Courtesy of Itch to Stitch

The Belize shorts (& skort) pattern is a more recent discovery of mine, however is definitely up there on my 'selfish-sews' list. The pattern is SUPER versatile, allowing you to create five different styles with the one pattern. All versions feature an elastic waist and medium length in-seam. The variations offer the option to do pleated front shorts with pockets, flat front shorts with front pockets, flat front shorts with no pockets, skort with front pockets and shorts back, skort with front pockets and skirt back. The fabric suggestion for this pattern include lightweight denim, linen, poplin, twill, crepe or other woven fabrics with or without stretch. 

Soho Shorts - Liesl & Co.

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Soho Shorts - Liesl & Co. | Image Courtesy of Liesl & Co.

Soho is another 2-in-1 pattern with the option for shorts or a skirt. The Soho is a pleated skirt or shorts that sit just below the natural waist and feature a contoured waistband, invisible side zip, front pockets and front & back pleats. The pattern works beautifully with a variety of woven fabrics including chambray, poplin, corduroy, linen, rayon, denim and wool. This is a gorgeous pattern that could be made to look cute and fun or more work appropriate depending on your fabric selection.

Luna Pants - Made By Rae

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Luna Pants - Made By Rae | Image Courtesy of Made By Rae

The Luna pants are definitely a 'secret pyjama' type pattern. The Luna pants are a loose fitting, tapered pant with inseam pockets, and elastic at the waist and ankles. Made in a gorgeous, lightweight rayon or cotton voile, these would make perfect casual summer pants. Other recommended fabrics also include double gauze, cotton lawn, chambray and even lightweight stable knits such as jersey or interlock. 

Flint Shorts - Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Flint Short - Megan Nielsen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Megan Nielsen Patterns

I have made some Flint shorts (check out my blog post here) and I would highly recommend the pattern. The Flint is a wide leg cropped pants or shorts pattern that features a unique crossover closure. The pattern includes plenty of options to customise with the length and waistband options. Fabrics that would work well with this pattern include denim, twill, linen blends, cottons, crepe, rayon or even silk. A must try pattern in my opinion and one I will definitely be trying again. 

Tania Culottes - Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Tania Culottes - Megan Nielsen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Megan Nielsen Patterns

The Tania culottes are probably my first choice in culotte territory as they really do just look like a skirt. The pattern features a fitted waistband, invisible side zip and hidden front & back pleats and comes with options for three lengths; mini, knee length & midi. The Tania culottes are best suited to light and medium weight fabrics with lots of drape such as crepe, voile, lawn, silk, georgette or rayon. 

Botanic Trousers - Pauline Alice 

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Botanic Trousers - Pauline Alice | Image Courtesy of Pauline Alice

The Botanic trousers from Pauline Alice are a wide leg, high waisted, cropped pant. The pattern features pleats, front pockets and a removable belt. The pattern would work well with most light to medium weight fabrics with drape like crepe, rayon, viscose or linen. I'm not sold on this pattern for myself, purely because it is high waisted however some of the versions I've seen look lovely and in a lightweight fabric these would be wonderful for a warm summers night. 

Jessica Shorts - Schnittchen Patterns

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Jessica Shorts - Schnittchen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Schnittchen Patterns

The Jessica shorts are a really simple shorts pattern that feature an elastic waistband, pockets and a curved hem. While it is quite a simple looking pattern, I do think that it would be a great 'basics' pattern to have in your collection. The fabric recommendations for this pattern seem to be a bit 'anything goes'; silk, cotton, leather. This pattern seems like it would be a great pattern for beginners to dressmaking.

Nantucket Shorts - Seamwork

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Nantucket Shorts - Seamwork | Image Courtesy of Seamwork

Another pattern right at the top of my list is the Nantucket shorts. The shorts look simple yet have some interesting design features like the overlapped front panels and the grommets in the waistband to hold the drawstring. The recommended fabrics for this pattern are cotton chambray, lightweight twill or rayon. A great looking pattern that would be perfect for summer picnics or beach days. 

Magnolia Shorts - Sew Caroline

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Magnolia Shorts - Sew Caroline | Image Courtesy of Sew Caroline

The Magnolia shorts are that perfect cross between shorts yet floaty & flowy like a skirt. This is another really simple but stunning pattern that would be perfect for casual summer days or could definitely be dressed up for a date night. The pattern works best with light to medium weight fabrics like rayon, cotton voile, jersey or gauze.

Thurlow Trousers / Shorts - Sewaholic

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Thurlow Shorts - Sewaholic | Image Courtesy of Sewaholic

The Thurlow shorts (or trousers) are a much more structured, dressy pattern. The Thurlow shorts have a slight flare to the leg making them perfect for those of us with curvier hips and fuller thighs...yay! The pattern features slash pockets, optional cuffs, belt loops, fly front closure and a back extension for easy alteration. Most medium weight woven fabrics would work well for this pattern. 

Lander Pants / Shorts - True Bias

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Lander Shorts - True Bias | Image Courtesy of True Bias

I love the look of the Lander shorts (and pants) and I have it on my list of patterns to try though I'm not convinced it will suit my body shape - which for reference is VERY round particularly at my waist. The Lander shorts are high waisted with front & back patch pockets, button fly and belt loops. These would be gorgeous in a corduroy or denim but is suitable for most medium to heavy weight woven fabrics.

Carlotta Shorts - Wear Lemonade

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Carlotta Shorts - Wear Lemonade | Image Courtesy of Wear Lemonade

The Carlotta shorts are another pattern that I love the look of and am just not convinced I can pull off. The are high waisted with a traditional zippered fly front, front pockets and back patch pockets. Perfect for cottons, twill, denim or linen these would be a really cute pair of summer shorts.

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