The Orion shorts
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 11th July 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Let me introduce you to the Orion shorts, one of my newest patterns for summer.
Featuring a high waist and side tucks, they have a vintage flair reminding me of old movies, bicycle rides and afternoons at the beach. You can emphasize that look by choosing the side buttons closure (the other option is an invisible zipper). I made two winter versions in a grey suiting and a black crepe with an invisible zipper (and I’ve been wearing them to death).
But for this very summery version, I really wanted the button closure, paired with a crisp, breezy and light-colored fabric, thick enough to avoid underwear showing through. I went for Lady McElroy’s Reykjavik Fabric, selected by Minerva for this season. It is a cotton/linen blend with a subtle play of blue and white yarn that gives it visual texture. From a distance it looks a very pale blue.
Let me tell you more about the cut. I wanted shorts that you can just throw on in the morning without thinking about it, for a summer stroll to the beach or to the groceries. I wanted them to be as comfortable as denim shorts, with added style.
Also, each designer tends to have a specific figure in mind – in my case, I tend to design for the so-called ‘pear shape’ figure, meaning wider hips and thicker thighs with a small waist (of course these shorts will also fit you well if you have an ‘average’/’balanced’ figure). The belt and tucks are meant to flatten the tummy while adding extra room for the thighs, making the legs look slimmer : everything I love.
If you do have wider hips you may also want to keep it simple without the optional invisible side pocket: I personally never use pockets because I find they add bulk and often show through the fabric. I know, I know! It’s a dilemma between style and convenience. I say this is why we ladies have the luxury of carrying handbags! In summer I see many people carrying phones and wallets in their pockets, and I think it often distorts the lines of their clothes. Ah well, enough about my personal tastes!
The back of these shorts is also minimalist, making them very quick and easy to sew. They have deep darts to give an extra bit of shape.
I like my shorts to be very short, but you can easily make them longer – length is indicated on the pattern instructions. Also, to give an indication, this is me on the pictures and I am 5 feet 7 inches tall.
These shorts can be made in many types of fabrics: lightweight denim, linen, crepe, tencel, leather (I’m thinking of making myself a leather version for this Fall). One piece of advice : don’t choose cotton or tight-woven linen if you are overly concerned about wrinkles, because shorts do wrinkle easily. I personally don’t mind, but just so you know!
I hope you liked these shorts and this beautiful summery fabric, and I wish you a great summer and happy sewing!
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