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Summer Wardrobe Essentials – Sea Scallop Shorts

I’ve had Simplicity 3688 in my stash for ages but it wasn’t until I saw My Happy Sewing Place’s version of the pants that I decided to actually make them. I figured the simple high-waisted style would translate to an easy shorts pattern.

I traced the pant legs in order to make my own shorts pattern and just cut them short. I wasn’t quite sure in the end how long I wold want the shorts so my pattern was extra long just to stay on the safe side. I cut my pieces and sewed my pleats and waistband so all that was left was the actual scallops. I ended up using a can to make a pattern though I wish I had used a larger circle so my scallops wouldn’t be so teeny.

Im officially bored of taking photos in my backyard. I need to find a boy or a nice friend to take awesome pictures of my projects!

Im 3/5 of the way through my Summer Wardrobe Essentials. Im working on the swimsuit next… scary!!

Has anyone else made a swimsuit before? Have any tips for me?

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15 Responses to Summer Wardrobe Essentials – Sea Scallop Shorts

  1. Screamstress says:

    Hi! High waist shorts are going to be everywhere soon! You should see the pair I’m working on at the moment. I’ve made swimwear before, I suppose my only advice would be to use ugly fabric the first time to get a feel for it – bought patterns’ leglines can be just wrong for your shape. And base the elastic requirements on your body rather than what the pattern tells you. I’ll look forward to seeing how it turns out!

  2. adelaide b says:

    Super cute shorts!

  3. I like the idea of the lady above, in fact I would love to see a vintage inspired swim suit, they are so adorable, especially the 50’s ones. I love the scalloped shorts, I’ve actually seen them on various bloggers and they look so cute, but I always think that making your own clothes to fit your body makes them much more special. =)

  4. Catherine says:

    Ooh I love the tenny scallops. I need to try this idea on the hem of something soon!

  5. Tilly says:

    Beautiful! How difficult was the scalloping to do? I’ve got a scalloped blouse on my to do list…

  6. Kati says:

    I’ve made swimsuits before. I found that the patterns out there for swimsuits aren’t really my style (the bottoms are too highwaisted) so I made a patterns from my existing suits. I’ve also made 2 from the burdastyle alison pattern that turned out quite nicely.

    Oh and zig zag, zig zag, ZIG ZAG!!!

  7. Callipygian says:

    The whole outfit reminds me of the late ’50s/early ’60s, or at least the late ’50s/early ’60s as interpreted by “Dirty Dancing”. Your backyard looks just like the backyard of my old house! I found that the cement walls and blue skies were a reasonably good background for pictures.

  8. julia says:

    I love the scallops. And, your backyard pictures are pretty nice – when I take self photos they usually involve a messy background of a bedroom in various states of disaray. 😀

  9. Grace says:

    I think the size of the scallops is fine. They fit you great.
    Oh, and I totally feel you on the “I need a boy or a friend to take awesome pictures” situation. I only have timer on my point and shoot.

  10. Ali says:

    Very pretty! Can’t wait to hear about your swimsuit adventures! :)

  11. Angie says:

    Ya im jealous of those girls with talented boyfriends… lifes so unfair haha

  12. Tasia says:

    Love these shorts! I keep seeing scalloped-edge shorts and skirts in magazines and want to try it out, your version turned out really well.
    I have my boyfriend take pictures now and then, but most of the time mine are self-timed off the tailgate of my car. I find an interesting spot, back up the car, pop the tailgate, and run into place. Your self-timed shots are really good – just find a new fun backdrop!

  13. ohmyyy! these shorts are beautiful. i wanted to make some myself, but i was afraid of trying out the scalloped edging! i would have no idea where to start :S but yours are lovely :) xxx

  14. learningnewtricks says:

    Super cute shorts! LOVE the scalloped edge. Too big might be a bit much for a short, these are the perfect size.

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