Wardrobe Planning with Ann: Utility Shorts

(Crossover Halter post here)

Autumn in South Texas consists of hi-70s and mid-80s with low humidity.  YES to the low humidity!!  Shorts are still a go-to item in our wardrobe rotation.  As life continues to be centered at home, Ann needed a pair of utility shorts in a neutral color like navy.  Plus, Ann has picked up a new hobby-gardening!

(Post for camisole top here)

Mood Board

Even basic shorts can use design elements so we looked at RTW for inspiration.  Ann uses Pinterest as a mood board to organize and narrow down ideas for each project. Have you tried a mood board for inspiration?  Can you see the design elements Ann used?
(Click on the Mood Board for more ideas)


Utility shorts need a sturdy fabric!  The 6.5 oz cotton twill has a firm weave but light enough to wear in the summer and into the fall.

Ann made sailor shorts last year so this was a great starting point. This is the 3rd time (second time here) Ann has adapted this self-drafted pattern.  She wore these shorts on a quick mini-vacation after her husband’s graduation.  Because the pattern was already adjusted for fit this was quick to make.

It’s The Little Details:
Utility shorts are a wardrobe basic but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  As I mentioned above, we selected little details that are not only useful but add a lot of style.

Pockets are meant to be functional. By adding design details you can go from something you just put your hands/change/phone in, to something that’s eye-catching!  The front pocket is a rectangular patch pocket with a diagonal corner.  On the right side, Ann included a coin pocket.  The back has traditional jean pockets.  This adds dimension to a solid colored fabric.

Ann made a fabric belt with multiple rows of topstitching.  This adds texture to a fabric with a flat surface.

Ann has decided to try her hand at metalsmithing to design a belt buckle!  For now, she’s using a hook and eye.

Ann added a side seam and center back seam to the waistband.  This makes any necessary alterations easier. 

Belt Loops/Fly Zipper
Belt loops, of course, are needed to hold the belt and the fly front zipper includes a zipper guard.

Left – Shirred blouse
Middle – Crossover halter top
Right – Chambray top

Let me know in the comments if you like adding design details!

And as Ann always says, “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.” 😉
Up next… The Marfy Challenge Remnant Blouse and Classic Trousers!


  1. Debbie
    October 17, 2020 / 6:04 am

    Love these shorts and switching up the details! I’m also in the process of moving to S TX for the winter…love that winter weather! And I’m just doing the same exact thing with a shorts pattern! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • Roz
      October 17, 2020 / 11:30 am

      Debbie, I’m glad you are inspired! Please let me know when you make your shorts and welcome to a South Texas winter 🙂

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