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Introducing the Kirby Shorts!

Fabric, fitting, and styling tips to help you sew these shorts.

Posted in: Patterns • June 1, 2024

Meet the Kirby Shorts, your new warm-weather essential.

Kirby has a relaxed fit with a topstitched elastic waistband, so you can easily pull them on. Slash pockets, accented with decorative flaps secured by buttons or snaps, add a charming touch. A right-hand back waist patch pocket also features a button or snap for a cohesive look. The 2” hem cuff and 4” inseam strike the perfect balance between style and coverage.

Fabric and Fit

Fabric recommendations: Look for medium-weight woven fabrics such as cotton twill, linen, linen blends, denim, canvas, chambray, and rayon twill. For the pocket linings, look for lightweight wovens such as cotton lawn, cotton shirting, cotton poplin, acetate, rayon, and silk.

Fabric qualities to look for: If you choose a stiffer fabric, like denim or canvas, the shorts will have a fuller silhouette. If you choose a drapier fabric, such as rayon twill or linen, your fabrics will have a looser, more flowy silhouette.

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Fitting tips:

  • Learn some pants fitting basics you can apply to shorts.

  • Seamwork members learn all about pants fitting, including crotch depth adjustments, full belly adjustments, thigh adjustments, rear adjustments, swayback adjustments, and balance in this video sewalong.

  • Understanding ease will help you pick the right size or sizes. This tutorial will teach you all about design and wearing ease.

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Seamwork Style Ideas

It’s fun to style shorts because you can transform your look depending on the top you wear. Here are some outfit ideas using Seamwork patterns.

The Clarke tank top’s silhouette looks great with the Kirby shorts. It can be cut on the bias and sewn in wovens or knits.

If you want to invite a little bit of camp into your wardrobe, wear the Romie blouse with the Kirby shorts.

The Riley top can cinch at the waist, which looks cute paired with Kirby.

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