Waverize It! Maritime Shorts

3 Sep

Ok, this is a liiiittle bit different than a normal post, but there’s still a totally rad finished product being shared, so I hope y’all can get excited about this with me 🙂 A couple of months ago, I was asked if I wanted to participate in the Waverize It! campaign, courtesy of Waverly Fabrics and Joann. I was given a piece of fabric, my only guideline being: Waverize It!

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

I should tell you right now, that fabric they sent me was a total surprise. Upon receiving the package, this was me:


Haha! Just kidding – I actually really like the fabric, although it’s definitely not a color that I wear or decorate with AT ALL. Coupled with the fact that it’s home decor weight, well, that narrowed my options even more. That being said, I am not one to admit defeat, so I racked my brain for a few days. I realized a couple of things:
1. Home decor weight means ~*~BOTTOM WEIGHT~*~
2. Any color can be improved by adding ~*~MORE COLOR~*~

And that was how I ended up with this amazing pair of shorts.

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

I used the Maritime pattern to make these shorts. I have already discussed making this pattern, so I’m not going to repeat myself – but this pattern is a pretty freaking perfect backdrop for jazz up some otherwise basic shorts.

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

Oh lord, did I actually use “jazzed” to describe these?

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

I know they look pretty plain from the front, but then you turn to the side and…

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

Piping! 🙂

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts


Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

To be honest, I didn’t have much of a plan in mind when I started these up. I knew the base fabric, and I knew the pattern I would be using, and that was about it. I decided to pair the green with a solid navy (the same solid navy sateen I used in my lace trench coat) for the pocket lining, and upon realizing just how freakin’good those two fabrics look together, I thought I would add some navy love on the outside as well. I had a lot of ideas floating around while working on these shorts – piping around the pocket edging? Piping at the top of the back pockets? Piping at the waistline? Adding a navy sateen cuff? In the end, I chose to keep things simple with a single line of piping down the side seams, and a little bit of navy top stitching.

Maritime Shorts

I could not be more pleased with the finished piece!
(ps do me a favor and don’t look at my legs in these pictures… I was in the midst of a mosquito attack, hence the furious scratch marks everywhere. I know they look disgusting. Ain’t nothin’ I can do about it now!)

Maritime Shorts

In case you were wondering – I did make my navy shirt, too! Unfortunately, it’s kind of a Monet, though it looks fine in these photos. I will go more into that whole saga later this week with a proper post, but right now I’m still a little bit traumatized.

Maritime Shorts

Maritime Shorts

It’s difficult to see all the topstitching in the pictures, thanks to the lighting, but I used navy around the front and back pocket edges, the front fly, the top of the waistband, along the piping at the side seams, and around the bottom hem.

Maritime Shorts

While figuring out exactly what I would do with my fabric was a little challenging, actually working with it was a total breeze! Waverly makes a nice substantial cotton that sews up like a mid-weight denim – which means it presses well, it doesn’t crazy unravel, and it doesn’t require any special handling to get it to do what you want. I didn’t even have to beef up my machine needle – a universal works fine here.

Maritime Shorts

The fabric selvedge suggested that I dry clean my piece, but honestly? I don’t dry clean anything, like, ever. I can see how dry cleaning may be beneficial if you’re making curtains or whatever, but I wear my clothes hard and I don’t have time to schlep to the dry cleaner every time I inevitably spill something on myself (which is a daily occurrence, ok). Nor do I hand-wash, well, anything. Sooo needless to say, I tossed this bad boy in the washer AND the dryer, pre-cut, and I’m totally thrilled with how it softened up.

Maritime Shorts

I even had a lime green zipper lurking in my stash, how perfect is that?!

Maritime Shorts

The topstitching on the back pockets is my favorite part, too bad you can’t really see it in the photos! Oh well!

Archer Shirt & Maritime Shorts

If you made it through this post, yay! Now here’s the fun part – to celebrate National Sewing Month and Waverly’s 90th anniversary, Waverly and Jo-Ann Fabrics are hosting a Waverize It! Facebook contest through 9/22. You definitely will want to enter this one – winner takes home a $250 Jo-Ann Fabrics gift card and $1000 in Waverly Fabrics! For more info, you can check it out here (or click below, do what you want!). Good luck, my friends!


I really enjoyed the challenge of making something with a fabric I would not have otherwise chosen – and I’m super happy with how the shorts turned out. I still have a bit left over, so tell me – what would you have done with this Waverly fabric?

~~Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive 2 yards of Waverly Fabric to review and keep. All opinions are my own.


49 Responses to “Waverize It! Maritime Shorts”

  1. designcloseup September 3, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I love that green but again I love virtually any bright colour. Your navy blue shirt offsets the green very nicely to tone down the whole look. It’s a Yeah from me! 🙂

  2. angela September 3, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Super cute shorts! I would have probably made a skirt, but shorts are a great idea for that type of fabric. I will have to remember that one 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD September 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      I considered a skirt, but it seemed like such a no-brainer and I wanted to try something that stretched my brain a little 🙂 Shorts are great for this fabric; it’s a perfect bottomweight!

      • Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

        I totally agree. Skirt was a no brainer and shorts are super cute and perfect for this fabric!!!

  3. Rachel September 3, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Those came out so great! I want a pair just like that! Well done taking a big challenge and mako something amazing.

  4. oonaballoona September 3, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    your legs have me rolling on the floor.

    that piping is GENIUS!!!!! i wish i had your legs to rock these shorts, scratched up or no!

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      You can have my legs if I can have your butt. Let’s make a trade. 🙂

  5. Teresa September 3, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Your poor legs remind me of my sweet daughter. The bugs are so attracted to her, she gets eaten alive outside!
    I love the piping addition on your shorts…they look awesome!

    • LLADYBIRD September 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      I don’t know what’s up with the bugs and my legs! Funny, they will eat me up like I’m the most delicious treat around, but I very rarely have itchy bug bites to show for it after I get back inside. It’s so weird!

  6. kate0795 September 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Wicked shorts!!! Loving the colour/print with the navy piping and top stitching…colour combo looks ace together..they fit you sooo well and look fantastic…despite the mozzie attack think you’ve done yourself proud again! Kate x

  7. johanna@projects by me September 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Great colour combo!

  8. Clare Szabo (@Clarebel79) September 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Man I love the colour of these…such a cool pair of shorts and the piping rocks my world. And I agree with Oona… I’ll take your legs scratches or no scratches.

  9. therainbowrevolts September 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Hahaha, got a great laugh out of the monet. So many of the things I sew are full on Monets.

  10. Brigitte September 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    They look amazing! I would have never thought about matching lime green and navy blue but it looks great!

  11. CGCouture September 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Yikes @ your poor legs!! My poor men both get big nasty welts from mosquito bites though, so they can probably relate to you. 😦 I’m guessing you didn’t find a remedy that outweighs your appeal to the mosquito palate?

    I actually like these shorts, though I wouldn’t have had the first clue what to do with that fabric if I’d have gotten it in the mail. And who knew that it paired so nicely with navy?!

  12. Marie September 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Love the piping with the shorts. The navy and lime go great together.

  13. lisa g September 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    shorts were a perfect choice for this fabric! i’ve made thurlows a million times, i may branch out and try this pattern next summer. the piping is a genius move! subtle, but definitely adds a great detail!

  14. weefrills September 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Cute! Tell me about the shirt. This is a cute outfit.

  15. Jo September 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Ahaha that picture of Gob is classic! I love arrested development! Way to make it work! The shorts are ace but I’m totally jealous of your legs haha. And your sewing skills! 🙂

  16. Amy September 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Very cool shorts! You’re rocking them! It is far too chilly here in Scotland to be wearing shorts now, sad face. Maybe next summer..

  17. kimmie September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Totally cute! Yes I would find lime green pretty daunting too! Way to make it adorable

  18. Shannon September 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I feel your pain about the mosquitoes… they always swarm around me, too! I can be outside with a huge groups of people and I’m the ONLY one that gets bitten. Go figure.

    But I love the shorts! Receiving anything that colour in the mail would freak me out too, but I love what you did with them, especially with the navy! I too just finished a pair of shorts, but I don’t think I’ll get much more wear out of them this year – the fall weather seems to have definitely arrived.

  19. anto September 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Awesome shorts! The color combination is genius! They look beautiful together and the piping was a great call. All-around perfect pair, in my opinion.

  20. sewcookgardenrepeat September 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Love the use of home dec fabric for clothes! Reminds me of Julia Bobbin’s stripey dress. And I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets ridonkulous red marks all over after scratching! lol

  21. Rochelle New September 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Whoa those turned out super awesome!!!! I love contests when they push you to sew something you wouldn’t think of doing otherwise, especially when the end result is something you unexpectedly love. Well done, Lady!

  22. erin September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Really cute shorts! Now I want a pair in a bright coloured print too!

    • Blue Sunday September 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Love the green and navy blue. Perfect for these transition months in the south where it is still very WARM!! These look awesome!!

  23. Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Those are some freakin’ awesome shorts.

  24. Bec Stitches September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Noice work mate, and um ouch 🙂

  25. joellestlaurent September 4, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    nice shorts! the short format kind of tone down the bright fabric, doesn’t it? anyways, the piping is such a nice touch. i need to get me some piping cord…

  26. Janette September 4, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Looks like you took a lemon and made lemonade! Congratulations for a job well done.

  27. Meghan September 4, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    that pattern works great with shorts! def would have been a bit much (for me) as pants or a dress… would be cute as a clutch or some sort of lining too!

    also, you’ve gained a reader for life with that clueless reference. well played!

  28. LinB September 4, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I love me some Waverly fabric. There are lots of decorator fabric outlets here (middle NC, near High Point) because of all the furniture manufacturers. I made some wackadoodle jeans from two scraps of what must have been meant for draperies, just last week (Vogue 1054 — side panel and upper yoke are cut in one piece). DH’s initial response to the first wearing: “What have you got on?! [long pause] I mean, those are nice.” The reason you are instructed to dry clean these cottons is to preserve the polished finish, so greatly desired in window dressing. To dress your body? I prefer the softer effect of the washed cotton. Happy wearing of your jolly, green-and-navy maritime shorts!

  29. sallie September 4, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    GAH! Mosquitos!! I hate them!! One bit me right on my eyelid the other day!! My freaking EYELID! Not pretty…
    But your shorts are pretty!! Great use of the fabric! I think these would also be cute as the Papercut Patterns shortie shorts! Or maybe its just your fabulous piping that has me thinking that…

  30. Chuleenan of C Sews September 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Nice job on the shorts! Top stitching looks great and you look fab in the shorts as well. Love the piping! Mosquitoes love me – so I feel fortunate to live in a dry climate where they just aren’t around. But I was on the East Coast last month and got nibbled by a few.

  31. Ayana September 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    What’s interesting is how being limited to a fabric you wouldn’t have chosen led to so much creativity! I love how these shorts turned out, they’re super cute, and the piping and topstitching are brilliant. Congrats!

  32. nishi September 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Ow! Mosquitoes are evil! There are millions here in Singapore and they like the taste of me (seriously – I went out with a friend of mine and she didn’t get a single bite; I got 28!!!), so I totally feel your pain. Hope you didn’t get too badly bitten while photographing your AWESOME shorts! I love the piping and that topstitching rocks!

  33. Max California September 5, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Those shorts make you look like a total Betty 😉 nah you’re always gorgeous, however! those shorts are awesome. I keep seeing the maritimes everywhere and I’m on a quest for a good shorts pattern this summer, maybe this is a sign. I do love the colour with the navy! Good job!

  34. Carol in SeaTac, Washington September 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Love the shorts. Most bottoms seem to be for really bottom curvey people and these look like they might actually work on my more boyish waist/hips. At my age though, I think I’ll make them a tad longer. I love to see what you make. You are an inspiration.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      These are much more of a straighter cut (I have to take a bit in at the back waist to get them to fit me properly), so definitely give this pattern a try! But yes, they are preeetty short so you’ll want to lengthen them if you’re not keen on showing this much leg 😉

  35. fionaparker17 September 6, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    These are awesome! I think the piping is just enough like you say, somehow adding more like that seems to tone down the whole look overall? Fabrics looks gorgeous to work with too

  36. Becky September 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Could you go any further in to the fabric care issue? I am terrified to start sewing with anything pricey or made with fibers like wool or anything because I don’t want to have to pre- dryclean my fabric or dry clean the finished product for that matter. Have you ever had a mishap with any of the gorgeous fabrics I’ve seen you use by machine washing or drying them?

    • LLADYBIRD September 9, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Weeeeeell if it makes you feel any better, I rarely hand wash my stuff and I almost never dryclean (paying someone to shoot my clothes up with chemicals?! NOPE.). Almost everything goes in the wash and either machine or line dry (line dry if it is something that might need to be ironed otherwise – I get less wrinkles if it hangs; machine dry if it’s a knit or something that benefits from a little dryer-induced-shrinkage, like denim). Stuff that can’t go in the wash, like wool or silk, I usually just let it air out for a day and spot clean if needed. Natural fibers tend to repel smells, so you don’t need to wash those as long as they can air out 🙂

      So, to answer your question – I put *most* everything (cotton, denim, knits, rayon, etc) in the machine on cold and dry it in the dryer to prewash. If you’re concerned about dye bleeding, wash it by itself (or with dark colors), but I’ve never had something bleed… yet. I know the feeling of it being scary to throw something in the wash, but I figure I’d rather have it ruined *before* I spend all that time making it, rather than after the first time I wear it! For wools, obviously you don’t want to prewash those in the machine… you can either take them to the dry cleaners or preshrink it in your dryer (I do the latter, very good results!). Hope this helps!

  37. missjoiedevivre September 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    These are super cute, I think you did an amazing job! I love the colour but then I’m well known for my excessively garish taste, but I’d never have thought to pair it with navy which is the perfect foil for it. Genius.

  38. Dot Du Bois November 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    The shorts are adorable! They are so well constructed. I had not looked at your legs until you mentioned them! Poor girl. I’m glad for you that there are no after effects from the bites.


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