Chambray Burda shorts

Burda shorts

I spied these Burda shorts on Kathryn’s blog and thought I’d give them a go with the leftover chambray from my Kelly. The pattern is available to download here.

Burda shorts

It’s my first time doing something ‘tailored’ and my first sewn crotch (ha ha – besides culottes but they barely count). Therefore I was fully expecting them to be completely awful, so I’m pleasantly surprised that they turned out not so bad. Almost wearable even.

Burda shorts

The pattern is very high waisted with deep front pleats which led to some weird front puffage going on. I skimmed some excess fabric out of the front seam to make them lie a little flatter. I also skimmed in the inseam a bit as the legs were palazzo-baggy, and added turnups to the hems. I love the neat side seam pockets but ugh that invisible zip is, well, highly visible. Must try harder next time. I might treat these as a hackable project and try to lower the waistband a little for a better fit.

In summary: I will wear these in the garden if not in public, and might have another go at shorts sometime soon. Perhaps the Grainline Maritimes as they look a better lower-waisted fit but oh my, front-fly fear. I love these Papercut ones with long-length option too – hope it’s back in stock by the time my confidence increases.

5 thoughts on “Chambray Burda shorts

  1. emily

    I really like these – I downloaded the pattern after seeing Kathryn’s too, haven’t got round to printing it off yet though…

    Have you got an invisible zipper foot? If not, it’s really worth the money, it’s made a massive difference to just how invisible my zips are!

  2. Kelly

    Don’t fear the fly! I was super scared of the fly front, but after sewing a few it comes together easy now. I think the best instructions (that I have used) are in the Sewaholic Thurlow pattern, but there is a full tutorial on the Grainline site too. It seems like everyone has a different way to do it.

  3. Kathryn

    These look awesome in a chambray. I had the same issues with weird puffiness in the front and wide legs, I shaved a bit off each when sewing. I think they do work best in quite a drapey fabric or they look a bit triangular…

    Invisible zips are my nemesis, the only thing that works for me is sticking them down with wondertape first, even though I have a special zipper foot they always want to pucker.

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