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Shorts on the Line

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

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After eleven days in a dusty cow pasture, I’m back to Indiesew, but not yet back to my sewing machine and serger. I’m still in Montana, but excited to get back to Colorado. The Red Ants Pants Music Festival was a huge success, but my heart is yearning for some good old fashioned creating. Today a blog post will have to suffice.

There is the occasional summer where I tend to reach for shorts over skirts when getting ready in the morning (or, ahem, midafternoon). And this is one of those summers. Shorts are comfy, versatile, and so much quicker to sew than a pair of pants. Not to mention, they require very little yardage.

Luckily there is an awesome summer sewalong happening right now hosted by my friend Rachael at Imagine Gnats. If you don’t follow her blog, you should. Rachael is hosting the Shorts on the Line Sewalong from July 28th through August 8th. During the next few weeks you'll see an awesome lineup of bloggers posting more shorts inspiration than you thought possible.

But shorts inspiration aside, what is a sewalong without some good hearted competition? Luckily, Rachael has that handled. You can submit images of your shorts creations to the Shorts on the Line Kollabora Project Page. The prizes for the contest will be announced on Friday! Not the competitive type? Peruse the entries on the project page and be totally inspired for your next handmade project.

Need a shorts pattern? We've got you covered. The Movies in the Park Shorts by Dixie DIY is a great shorts pattern for the novice sewist. These mid-rise shorts feature bias binding trim on both the hem and sides. This pattern has front pockets, back darts, and button closures on both legs.

Movies in the Park Shorts | Shorts on the Line

What's even better is that this pattern allows for a completely custom fit. Each buttoned side gives you the option to bring in the shorts as much or as little as you like, and gives you the flexibility of easily altering the shorts later without needing to remove the waistband.

We’ve seen plenty of awesome Movies in the Park Shorts creations, but our favorite by far is Meredith’s from Olivia Jane Handcrafted.

Olivia Jane Handcrafted | Movies in the Park Shorts
Movies in the Park Shorts | Olivia Jane Handcrafted
Olivia Jane Handcrafted | Movies in the Park Shorts

Meredith's shorts were made with Robert Kaufman's chambray dot, and paired with a Liberty button down. She topstiched the bottom of the shorts closed, and used four small buttons for the top closure on each side.

So you agree that shorts are where it’s at? Then sew some up and submit your creation to the Shorts on the Line contest! Full details can be found here. You could win a pretty stellar Indiesew prize among lots of other awesome swag. But hurry, you only have until 9PM EST on Sunday, August 10th!

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