Easy To Sew: Shorts & Skirt


A few words that I am always keeping my eyes peeled when looking for patterns: easy to sew.  Yasss!  Especially when it comes to bottoms, like skirts and shorts.  Now skirts in general can be fairly easy to sew, especially when using an elastic waist.  This is what drew me to Simplicity 2258.  I also loved the details for each of the views - like cuffs for shorts, waist bows for the skirts and ties for the capri pants.  Too cute!

I bought this pattern a little over a year ago and completed both of these looks last summer.  I'm proud to say that I have continued to wear them this summer too.  My first go at this pattern was View C for the short skirt with waist bow.  I cut size 14.  The fabric is a beautiful native American type pattern that I found at Hancock Fabrics last year.  I love all the colors and texture in it, to me it has a boho feel.  I remember it being rather simple to put together.  I was concerned about the fit, but did a little research on PatternReview.com to see what other people were saying about it.  I ended up cutting out a size smaller than what my measurements were.  I think it fits greats!  Sometimes I wear it with a black tank top, vintage tees, or a chambray tank.

The shorts I made a few months after making the skirt.  I remember that sewing experience being fairly easy as well.  Again, I cut out size 14.  I used this chambray fabric with a dotted textured detail that I purchased at Joann's.  I used turtle shell style buttons for the cuff.  After I sewed it up I was on the fence whether I liked the elastic waist for the the shorts.  But wearing the shorts this summer with a tucked shirt and belted, the style has grown on me and now I really like it!

Have you had any good luck with shorts patterns?  Let me know in the comments below.

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