It’s late summer here, and I think it’s time I introduced you to my most-worn shorts of the season. This year I finally realized that the shorts I’ve been making myself are kind of…well, short. This may have been obvious to everyone around me, but it really wasn’t obvious to me until I realized that I wanted some longer shorts and only had one pair that I had thrifted. But I know how to sew, so that’s a problem I can fix! 😀
Enter what is quickly becoming a favorite pattern not only for my husband (see versions one and two of his cargo pants from this pattern), but also for me (my pants version is here): Thread Theory’s Jutland Pants pattern.
My husband loves this pattern because he loves cargo pants, but I love this pattern because, for some reason, it fits me! It doesn’t fit me to the sewing world standard of “perfect fit”. It fits me in the way women would want a pair of men’s jeans to fit for that authentic “boyfriend jeans” look or in the way that you want a pair of work pants to fit.
This summer, I dreamed of a pair of long cutoffs that weren’t tight, but were loose and comfortable. More and more, I realize that I want my summer clothes to be loose and breezy, and my winter clothes to feel like a warm hug. 😉
Before our trip out to visit family earlier in the summer, I cut these jeans out of a non-stretch denim that I bought at Fabric Place Basement, and flew through the sewing! I wanted these done FAST, so I didn’t do much extra top-stitching or any seam finishes beyond zigzagging my seam allowances. I didn’t even hem them, because I wanted them to look like cutoffs. I figured that I was making them secure enough to last, but if they showed some fraying and wear and tear, they would have even more of that authentic look. And let me just say, I LOVE these shorts. In fact, I have to hold myself back from wearing them every day.
The only thing I did differently from my pants version (besides the length) was to use the actual Jutland Pants back pockets rather than the back pockets from the Ginger Jeans. I knew that the Jutland Pants back pockets were bigger and more square, but I just wanted to try them to see if I would like them. And I do!
Another thing I like about these shorts is that you can wear them long or roll them up one or two times, giving you some different options. I probably wear them rolled up twice most often, but I really like all the different lengths I can achieve. Now I’m beginning to wonder if they would look good in canvas and if I have enough left over from other Jutland pants I’ve made…
That might be a job for next summer, though.
- After going to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, I would definitely recommend them! Now I want to go back and go camping! (You can see my last post for some pictures of our trip.)
- I just finished listening to the audio version of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. It was a really fascinating psychological look at what willpower is and how you can cultivate it in your life. I think I need to go back and listen through it again.
- Devon Iott (@missmake on Instagram) does it again! I’ve got her version of Style Arc’s Josie Hoodie in my head, and now I want to make my own!
- This video is a little longer than what I usually post, but it was interesting to learn about the “Pros & Cons of Common Fabrics” both for everyday and as far as environmental impact. I definitely learned some things!