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The Story Of My Shrinking Belize Shorts

I'm really exited to share Itch To Stitch's newest patter with you today: Belize Shorts and Skort. This is a wonderful, quick shorts project with several detail variations that you will want to make over and over. In the week long testing phase, I made 3 pairs without having to rush or rearrange my free time. I'm going to just jump in and tell you about them because I have several more versions I want to get made THIS week!

Version# 1, Half Moon At Noon: View C (no skirts or pockets). My hips measured in between a 6 and an 8 on this pattern, closer to the 8, so I sized up for this nylon fabric that has no stretch at all. This version has a very loose fit through the thigh and hip, but because the elastic is customizable, they sit firmly right where they should at my natural waist. I can walk, play with the dog or lounge on the couch comfortably without having to pull my pants back into place. The first thing my Non Sewing Friends had to say about this version was that they had to double check I wasn't mooning them in the back view shot. sigh.

Version # 2 Eve Goes To Belize: View B (Pockets). With Linen's natural tendency to grow when warm, I chose to size down to a 6 for this woven fabric. These feel just as roomy and comfortable as the first pair, and will likely be my go-to size for non-stretch natural fiber shorts. Although I took great efforts to fussy cut and print match where reasonable, I managed to make an unexpected print placement blunder.

Version #3 Secret Tiger Pocket Shorts. These are again, View B with pockets. I've had black cotton sateen shorts on my want to make list for a while, and I thought using a stretch woven would be a good opportunity to see if I could make this pattern work as a slimmer fit. Guess what? SUCCESS! These are a size 4. They are comfortable and slim without having too much extra fabric in the lower back or having to struggle to get the waistband over my hips. This is the size I will use to make several pairs in denim remnants I have stashed away and possible some ponte knit as well.

Tiger pockets using the last of my rayon challis remnant.

I've got one more week before little league football starts. Just enough time to knock out a few more pairs of Belize shorts so I can spend the practice nights comfortably on the sidelines watching my guy play in the blisteringly hot & humid Michigan August.

Will yours be sporty? Lounge-y? Casual or dressy? See what other testers did in the launch post HERE. Then, head over to the Itch to Stitch shop where there is an amazing sale this week.

You can grab your copy of the Belize Shorts & Skort pattern for 20% off-- AND you can take 15% off your total cart when you purchase 2 or more items now until August 8th! (use the code sundance)


  1. Haha, I never saw the "mooning" part of the first pair, and now I can't un-see it. X-)


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