As the weather starts to heat up in Sydney, I have been taking stock of my summer wardrobe. I hope I am not the only one who declares “I have absolutely nothing to wear, what on earth did I get about in last summer??”

I do actually have a distinct (bad pun warning ahead…)”short-age” of shorts in my wardrobe. The perfect no brainer item for summer, dressed up or down. My sewing journey thus far has included dresses, skirts and tops, but the only pants I have attempted are of the elastic waisted pajama kind, not for wearing outside the confines of the home.

I decided to go on the search for must-make shorts patterns and have compiled a list of my favorites. I do have Simplicity 1887 in my stash already which will start my short making journey with something simple. I originally bought this pattern to make some comfy pants for a long plane flight to Europe but alas this never happened (the pants, not the trip). After seeing Melissa’s great version I must revisit this plan.

Here’s my top 10 pick (in no particular order):

  1. Pattern Runway Scalloped Hem Shorts
  2. Salme Paper Bag Waist Shorts
  3. Deer and Doe Chataigne Shorts
  4. Grainline Maritime Shorts
  5. Thread Theory Jebediah Shorts – one for the gents
  6. Plan B Anna Evers DIY Summer Shorts
  7. Colette Iris
  8. Burdastyle Pleated Shorts
  9. Burdastyle Ruby Shorts
  10. Lisette Souvenir Shorts

Have I missed any other fabulous ones? What’s your favorite?

  • Maider….Masustak

    I love pattern runway scallop hem shorts! If you want a more loose fit, you will have to check the jimmy shorts and they are for free!

    • i am very tempted by the pattern runway ones too – I had not known about the Jimmy shorts – these look great, and the blog too – thanks for the tip Maider!

  • Very comprehensive list! I’ve made both the grainline and the colette ones and they are both great patterns. I’ll be returning to the colette ones for sure.

    • Thanks Kirsty – I have given myself quite the task to work through which ones to make – maybe I need to set myself a shorts making challenge and work through the whole list – although how many shorts does one need??

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