French Terry

  • Pattern Review of the Summer Lovin’ Shorts

    Pattern: Summer Lovin’ Shorts
    Designer: Peek a Boo Pattern Shop
    Fabrics: French Terry from Sew Unique Fabrics
    Measurements: Waist: 39″; Hips: 47″
    Size made: XXL
    Adjustments: Adjusted the front and back rise by 1.5″
    Pros: Very easy pattern and super comfortable. Perfect for, as the title suggests, summer shorts 🙂
    Cons: No real cons, but a little size restrictive, it tops out at a XXXL. Hopefully they will revisit it to size up at some point.

    The Wrap Up

    After my recent success at seemingly cracking the code to my body for pants fitting, I was eager to try some other shorts and these seemed like the perfect comfy, loose summer shorts. I’ve also not made shorts from French Terry before but they are delicious! So soft and comfy.

    The construction of these came together incredibly quickly which is always a bonus. If you are an experienced sewer, you should be able to put them together pretty much without looking at the instructions at all. The pockets are simple as are the back patch pockets. I originally cut the back pockets out but during construction I decided I didn’t want them anymore.

    This was also the first time I used the program Inkscape to digitally make alterations to my pattern. It was incredibly helpful at playing ‘Pattern Tetris’ as well before I got to cutting. It was a bit of a bug bear of mine that I couldn’t lay out my fabric and place all my pieces down to try and get the most out of my fabric before cutting, but now that I am getting a better understanding of Inkscape, I will be able to do that again.

    It is hard for me to learn a new program like this as I am a graphic Designer by trade and Adobe programs are my bread and butter. However, because I have fallen so hard for projector sewing, investing the time to watch YouTube videos on basic functions and how to utilise it is definitely worth it.

    Patten tetris, digital style

    So I was able to add the 1.5″ to both rises in Inkscape fairly easily, my next challenge will be to do a Full Bust Adjustment in it. I think thats a while off though, I need to watch a bit more first. If anyone has any YouTube videos to suggest, feel free to comment them below or email me at

    Now excuse me while I go make allllll the pants and shorts 🙌🏼