I am not a lover of shorts. Many year ago, when I was waitressing, the managers suddenly decided we all had to wear navy t shirts and navy shorts. Not a good look for me (I’m sure I made what Mr D now calls “the face”) and I haven’t worn them since.
But look – navy shorts and smiling! I saw this pattern and really liked the tailored look, and the drapey style. I love the way they turned out, and wore them a lot on holiday. I particularly like the waistband, which is below my natural waist and closely fitted. This means they look great with a fitted vest top, as well as the looser style pictured. Also love the pockets, side zip, everything really.
The linen is a dark navy, very soft and drapes beautifully. These shorts were worn and washed several times before these pictures, and they still look like new. Details of the fabric below – it’s on sale for £3.99 a metre! It is slightly sheer, so I underlined with a silk cotton lining fabric. I used a City Poplin Liberty print scrap for the facing.
Pattern: New Look 6100 – £6
Fabric: Navy Linen & Viscose (Minerva Fabrics) – £3.99
Liberty print from Honiton Vintage Fabric Fair – £8
Zips, lining and Liberty scraps from stash