I seem to have developed a pretty big love affair with anything that happens to be on the Mustard colour spectrum. I’m not sure what it is about mustard in particular, but I just can’t get enough of it. When I was given the opportunity to test the Modelo chunky stretch cord fabric, as soon as I laid my eyes on the Mustard colour way, I couldn’t say no - gimme all the mustard!

When the fabric arrived, I was most impressed with the feel of it. This isn’t a regular cord fabric, it has the added bonus of 3% elastane, meaning it has a really nice stretch and recovery. The main fibre is cotton, so it’s nice and breathable. The face of the fabric is very soft, as you would expect with a cotton chunky cord, and the reverse of the fabric is similar to a light cotton twill, which feels nice against your skin.

I hadn’t yet decided what I would make out of this fabric when it arrived, and because cord is usually more of a winters fabric, I instantly thought I would be constricted to trousers. However, as the fabric is breathable and more light weight than I’d imagined it would be, I thought I’d think a little more out of the box and try to see how I can make this fabric work for the warmer months. Cord + mustard tones always makes me think of 70’s summer time sitcoms (in a good way, obvs) and coincidentally I’ve currently been pinning a lot of 70’s summer camp style shorts on Pinterest on my sewing inspo board. Summer camp shorts - you know the style. Cut short at a slant, with a high elastic waist and slightly sporty feel. And so, the idea for the chunky cord summer camp shorts was born.

I have a well-used and well-loved vintage pattern in my stash - it’s a Sew Easy by Simplicity, number 8245. It’s quite oversized and so I size down a few. I omitted the pockets, and to get that summer camp aesthetic and vibe, I cut the leg openings on a slant, longer at the inner thighs and higher at the outer edges. Cutting the fabric was straight forward, but it is rather fluffy and may tickle your nose a little. These are a really simple pant to sew. Sew the front and back seams, the side seams, the crotch seams, then overlock elastic on the top of the waist, fold it down and topstitch in place (I used a 3 step zig zag stitch for this - my favourite stretch stitch). Lastly, I overlooked the raw edges of the legs, turned up 1.5cm and top stitched that in place using a regular straight stitch.

This fabric is really great to sew with, I didn’t use an iron at all whilst constructing the shorts and I managed to complete them within an hour. Speedy, easy sewing is my favourite kind and makes a great palette cleaner between bigger projects. 

I’m really happy with how these shorts have turned out, and I think the fabric and style pair together nicely. The added stretch to the fabric means they’re super comfortable and easy to wear, and I can see myself wearing these a lot during the summer.