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First up is my dressier pair of Prefontaine Shorts. I made these as part of my May Sew the Show outfit, and they have been in constant rotation ever since.
These were my first pair of Prefontaines and I followed the pattern almost exactly. But for these, I decided not to use a contrast binding on the hems and pockets, opting instead for a solid short. As a result, these shorts have all the comfort of well-fitting running shorts, but are nice enough to throw on with a tank and kimono for a casual date night.
These are made with a white linen/cotton stretch twill from Girl Charlee. Unfortunately this fabric wrinkles easily, as does all linen, but they are still really comfortable. Rather than using a contrasting knit binding, as the pattern directs, I cut bias strips of my fabric and used that to bind the pockets and hems.
Next up are my “mom shorts.” For these Prefontaines, I used a scrap of Essex linen left over from a pair of pants I made for Albert. One of the great things about this pattern is that it only requires about a yard of your main fabric — that is almost unheard of for a women’s pattern!
For the binding, I used a fun quilter’s cotton that has been sitting around in my stash forever. The patterned binding on these makes them casual enough that I’m not going to wear them out on a date, but with a t-shirt or tank they’re great for running errands on the weekend.
For this pair I also drafted a separate pocket facing piece. The pattern as-drafted does not include a pocket facing. Instead, the pocket piece is sewn directly on to the front to finish the pocket. While I didn’t mind this in my white pair, where the thread blends into the fabric, in general it’s not a look I’m fond of. Luckily, drafting a pocket facing is easy-peasy!
And finally onto my last, and most casual pair of Prefontaines. While I love these shorts and wear them a lot, the patterned fabric makes them feel really casual to me, so I typically only wear them when I don’t mind looking like I’m wearing my workout clothes.
In other words, they’re great for playing around the house with the kiddos, or a weekend hike with the fam, but I’m not typically going to wear them out and about.
This fabric is a black anchor chambray by Robert Kauffman. It’s nice and lightweight and feels lovely to wear. I bound the hems with a hot pink bamboo jersey reclaimed from my Red Velvet/Tiramisu dress that I made after Baby J was born. That dress was comically big on me after losing baby weight, but I love the fabric, so it’s destined to bind many a garment from here on out 🙂
For this pair, I also chose to use my self-drafted pocket facing. But rather than accent the pocket with a strip of binding, I did a more traditional pocket finish to make the pockets a little less noticeable. This is probably my favorite pocket finish of all three pairs.
Pattern: Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made With Moxie.
Cost: $10 USD
Size: 6/8. My white pair is a straight size 8, but they’re just a tad loose in the hip. For the other two, I changed the outside seam to the size 6, and now I love the fit!
Fabric: White — Linen/cotton twill from Girl Charlee (no longer available); Blue — Robert Kauffman Essex Linen from Hart’s Fabric; Anchors — Robert Kauffman chambray from Michael Levine (no longer available)
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner.
Techniques required: Fitting and alterations, topstitching/edgestitching, attaching binding, working with knit fabric.
Modifications: For the blue and anchor pair, I drafted a pocket facing rather than sewing the pocket piece directly to the front.
Fit: Wonderful. I love how these shorts fit, and they are quickly becoming my go-to shorts block to modify other patterns.
Pattern Format: PDF. This PDF was fine to work with. There’s not an unreasonable number of pieces to tape together, aided I’m sure by the fact that the pattern does not include a binding piece (which it shouldn’t).
- Great fit.
- Fabric choices and simple modifications can give different looks.
- Super comfy.
- Easy sew.
- Only needs one yard of fabric!
- I don’t like that the pattern doesn’t include a separate pocket facing. This is such a simple thing to do and I think it really enhances the look.
Overall Grade: A. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with shorts. I want to love them, but I usually hate the way they fit. These, however, are a love/love situation. They’re cute, easy and comfy. I’d love to make a couple more!