Choosing the right fabric is always a little tricky, so we thought we’d do a series of posts on picking out fabric for our three new patterns, starting with Iris.
These shorts will work best with medium weight fabrics, and you can optionally use fabrics with a bit of stretch if you like. Make sure the fabric isn’t too stretchy – these aren’t hot pants!
If you use a heavy weight fabric, you may need to use a different fabric for the facing to avoid bulky seams around the waist. Stay away from lightweight fabrics because you’re sure to get a visible panty line (not to mention visible pocket bags).
Any prints you use for these shorts should probably be kept subtle (like the beautiful polka dotted pink linen above from Gorgeous Fabrics). Because there is a seam running down the front, unless you do some meticulous matching, your print will be broken up there.
However, you could use that as a design element, depending on your print. You might even be able to play with stripe direction for some cool effects! Could you see the side front in vertical stripes with the center front horizontal stripes?
Types of fabric
For the shorts in the photo shoot, we used cotton pique and cotton twill with a teeny bit of stretch. Fabrics such as cotton pique, twill, and lightweight denim are good choices for this pattern. Linens and linen blends could work, just be sure to test out the wrinkle factor and make sure you can live with it. These fabrics all come in a multitude of colors. You could even make a pair of fancy Iris shorts in silk dupioni if the notion appeals to you.
- Use a fun fabric such as gingham or floral for the pocket lining.
- Contrasting or textured buttons on the pockets.
- Use a contrasting color for the waistband.