I know! I know! What took me so long?! The sewing world has been singing the praises of the free pattern for City Gym Shorts from Purl Soho for a long time now and I was deaf to its song. That is until my sister emailed me a link to the pattern with an winking emoji happy face.
Apparently, she wanted a pair of shorts. That is, after all, what the winking emoji happy face was invented to communicate…it would be great if you could sew this for me! So, I finally got to it…and I stitched up a pair for myself while I was at it.
This is the pair for her…in a lovely, soft blue chambray from Imagine Gnats and classic Tana Lawn pattern of Liberty of London that was actually purchased at Purl Soho. For my shorts I paired an olive chambray, also from Imagine Gnats, with a Liberty print from Duckadily Fabrics. I’m so pleased with both pair of shorts. The combination of Liberty lawn fabric and chambray kind of knocks all other shorts out of the park. I mean, this is what comfort and luxury is all about in my world.
It’s beauty meeting softness meeting utility and for a farm girl raised in Minnesota, such as myself, it doesn’t get any better than that. Fancy shorts, that is all I need.
I followed the pattern exactly and it’s really simple to sew but it does take a bit of time to make these shorts because you have to hand-make the bias tape edging if you want it to match. I also added some stitches to secure the elastic in place (I hate when it rolls around inside a casing!) but that was a simple fix. Either way, I’m loving my new shorts and wearing them way more than I expected. Thanks sister and your winking emoji.