(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)
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.
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!