Are those denim shorts to bland for you? Are you looking for something with a bit more detail? Mood’s got it, offering many different eyelet fabrics to spruce up your look or to create a whole new design! The shorts I have constructed are from a delightful peacock blue, stretch-cotton, sateen, a build that is made for comfort because of its soft hand. The eyelet is a brilliantly bright orange, embroidered cotton sure to grab peoples attention! I used the orange eyelet over top of the peacock blue to compliment one another nicely, and the result is bold and bright for the lovely summer weather.
The pattern I used was McCall’s M6361. I specifically used cut C for the shorts. This pattern was designed to put a zipper in the shorts but I made some alterations. On the front pattern piece, where it curves to normally set in a zipper, I extended up from this area squaring it off with the waistline. By doing this, it allows for an elastic waist band. Then, to make the shorts more sleek I omitted the pocket giving less bulk. This pattern piece set came with a skirt, pants, capris and Bermuda short patterns. If you like your shorts a bit shorter there is a cut line on the Bermuda pattern to shorten them or you can make the judgement all on your own. I followed the Bermuda length on the pattern and rolled them to my liking.
After I altered my pattern work I doubled up my fabric and cut out all pieces of both the cotton sateen and the eyelet (side note the waistband is cut 4). Then I fully constructed the peacock blue pair of shorts with the matching color thread ( 100385). Separately, I constructed the eyelet fabric into their own shorts with matching thread (100302). Once I had two pair of shorts, I then set the blue inside the eyelet attaching around the circumference of both legs. This leaves them connected around the legs yet still separate around the waistline so I gave a quick basting stitch around the circumference of the waistline. After the basting stitch I attached the waistband leaving an opening to slip the 1″ elastic through and finished it off by stitching that closed.
Note when making garments with an eyelet overlay it may have little to no stretch, even if the fabric underneath has stretch, the eyelet might make your garment a bit snug. If you are thinking of making a pair of shorts like these, you could set in a zipper for an exact fit ( following the exact instructions for McCall’s M6361) or you can make them with an elastic waistband like the pair I constructed. Eyelets are perfect to attach to garments that are already constructed as well. Take any eyelet to use as a peek-a-boo affect on any pair of pants or around the leg of your shorts for a fun and flirty take on an old pair of denim! Eyelets also make extremely cute sleeves to a blouse or dress!