city gym shorts!

citygymshorts

The free city gym shorts pattern was posted on the Purl Bee recently, and I had it printed out the same day. [And yes, it's as great, and as fast!, as I thought it would be!] Since then, I’ve been a bit obsessed with making (and wearing!) these shorts. I like the chambray paired with the Liberty, so I haven’t veered from their design, though if you check the #citygymshorts tag on IG, you’ll find them made up in a variety of fabrics.

I find the Liberty to be a bit thin (not so much for shirts, but perhaps a bit thin for something covering my bottom half!) so I opted to use a layer of Liberty along with a layer of voile. I cut two pairs of each front piece (one each of the Liberty and one each of the voile) and just treated it as one fabric (I think Meredith mentioned doing this?). I really like the extra little bit of weight it provides. So far I’ve made the three pairs above, and also a plain chambray pair, which I was wearing while taking this photo, and I have a lightweight (unlined) pair nearly completed for pajama bottoms.

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And of course Hazel needed a couple pairs as well. Nothing cuter than a little one who’s just learned to walk wearing teeny little gym shorts!

I couldn’t get my act together to get photos of us actually modeling these shorts, though you can see a partial photo of mine here and a pic of Hazel in hers here.

Liberty of London and chambray fabrics purchased locally at Nido (also available online). Liberty is also available at Jones & Vandermeer, Pink Chalk Fabrics, and DuckaDilly.

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As an aside, if you're looking to start a Liberty collection, Pink Castle Fabrics is offering Liberty of London Stash Boxes for a limited time. It includes 45 fat sixteenths of Liberty of London prints - an instant collection, and a great way to get a nice variety for a patchwork quilt!

There are also a few spots left in the Westwood Acres Liberty club (I have a subscription, and love getting a surprise selection each month!).

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6 Responses to city gym shorts!

  1. 1
    sophie says:

    these are adorable! I love liberty Lawns and have used them often but never thought of making shorts before!

  2. 2
    amanda jean says:

    oh my goodness, those are so cute! I’ve been seeing them pop up here and there, but i’ll probably get around to making some in December, when it makes no sense at all to sew up shorts. :) they are stinkin’ cute in Liberty!!! wow!

  3. 3
    Ralitza says:

    Lovely shorts! All of them.

    I have the pattern printed and pattern pieces waiting for the fabric for a couple of days now. Need to cut and sew.

  4. 4

    So, so good, Ashley! I love the prints you used.

  5. 5
    carol mercer says:

    gorgeous fabrics

  6. 6

    Thanks for the link to what looks to be a fantastic pattern. One of these days I’m going to whip some up for myself!!

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