Closet Core Patterns Pietra Shorts

I made shorts because, even though it is freezing cold, the sun is shining and I am daydreaming of sunglasses and ice creams and ambling around with skin exposed. Also because I really love this pattern and want to make the trousers – sewing the shorts meant I could test the fit with much less fabric. I only make proper muslins when doing a course and a teacher says I have to. Generally I like to make wearable test versions with fabric I like. This is not always a good idea, but I got away with it this time.

I wanted to practice using the blind hem stitch on my machine, for reasons unknown I didn’t match the thread! The hemming instructions on the pattern call for topstitching, which looks perfectly fine, but I am in the mood for trying new things.

I love the waistband of these shorts, they do wonders for my flat bum and the cut suits my hourglass-ish proportions. Nice to sew, although don’t ask me to show you the inside!


I sewed the size 12, could possibly squeeze into a size 10 if I wanted a slimmer silhouette.

My relevant measurements: Waist 29″, Hips 39″

Fabric: Irish linen from Merchant and Mills

Worn with: Sew Over It Silk Cami in a very very old viscose I dug out of my stash. The pattern is a size 12, but I re-cut the whole pattern above the bust line because I have a narrow frame. Also made the neckline into a gentle V, but I think I prefer its original scoop!


I love them! The interesting construction made for an engaging make at a time when my brain was struggling (lockdown lethargy) and they gave me an enjoyable focus. I love the cut of these shorts, right now its hard to imagine going anywhere, but I think one day I will take these on holiday where they will enjoy many an excursion.

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