The Prefontaine shorts are an elastic waist design with front pockets, optional back patch or welt pockets, curved hems and bound seams. The design is incredibly versatile and also has a exposed elastic variation. With the right fabric they can be your summer shorts, running shorts or (like in my case) PJ shorts. Apologies in advance for yet another post where I'm wearing PJ's. I made no effort to style the shorts for these photos- they are PJS after all!
The first pair I made were from an earlier version of pattern testing so they exclude any design features. I made them from a blue and green pea flannel with a green pre-bought bias binding. The fit is great and they are fantastically comfy PJ shorts.
For my second pair I made the shorty short variation (hence the tights) with front pockets. I made them out of the left over fabric from Tim's Woodland animal PJ pants. I love these PJ shorts so much! In the instructions Jill includes great tip on making your own bias out of an old tshirt or knit fabric scraps. Because it's knit fabric you don't have to fussy cut on the bias. For this pair of shorts I used left over grey fabric from my Eva Dress to make the (non)bias strips.
This length shorts is perfect for summer PJ's, running shorts or even beach cover up shorts.
Finally I made a third pair of shorts with both front pockets and a welt back pocket. For this pair I chose the left over fabric from my hacked Floral Emery dress skirt and peppermint wrap dress. I used an old singlet top I never wear to make (non) bias for the trimming. I made two button holes in the waistband before sewing down the waistband and used left over bias to make a waist drawstring. I really like this addition. I tried and make this pair of shorts more casual day wear. Something comfy and casual for summer weekends. I don't really own shorts like this, I wear skirts or more fitted tailored shorts. To be honest, I don't think I can pull this look off. But, that may just be because I'm in the middle of autumn here and my legs are super pale.
I absolutely recommended this pattern. They're an achievable make for beginners but with enough versatility to excite a more experienced sewer. If you think you might want to make exercise shorts, summer shorts, PJ shorts or anything in between the Prefontaine Shorts are a winner.