Completed: Bikey Maritime Shorts

31 Jul

I love it when a single piece of clothing incorporates a bunch of my favorite things at once.

Bikey Maritime Shorts

Bicycles? Check.
Maritime shorts? Check.
Roisin? FUCK YEA.

Bikey Maritime Shorts

I know they look like polka dots from a distance, but seriously there are teeny-tiny little bicycles all over these shorts and OMG SO CUTE.

Bikey Maritime Shorts

I’m a sucker for bicycle printed fabric – this is a true fact, and I don’t think I even need to say it, because most of y’all are probably nodding your heads (and/or rolling your eyes) from how often I mention it. That’s ok, I’ll say it again – bicycle fabric rules! This stuff is extra special, though, because it came as a gift from my homegirl, Roisin. Recently on her honeymoon in Paris, Roisin posted this shit on Instagram after a fabric shopping bender (seriously… she went home with some really beautiful stuff) and I nearly had a heart attack over the BICYCLE PRINTED DENIM. Because she’s an amazing sport, Roisin offered to go back to the fabric store and pick me up my own 3m length. On her freaking honeymoon! Do you see why this lady is amazing? Because she’s amazing.

Bikey Maritime Shorts
Bikey Maritime Shorts

And because of her, I now am the proud owner of these cute little bike shorts! Yay!

Bikey Maritime Shorts

I’ve made this pattern – the Maritime shorts – a million times, so there’s not a lot left to say about them. I cut my usual size, and sewed these up as normal. I knew I wanted to stick with a good tried-n-true to be absolutely positive that we would have no fitting issues here, especially after all that trauma I had trying to make jorts. Speaking of which, I think I figured out the issue with the zipper – after inspecting the zipper of my jeans (the ones I bought, not me-mades), I noticed that the fly extension is tacked down right at the base of the zipper, which takes a lot of the strain when you’re pulling them off and on. It’s amazing that something as simple as reinforcing the extension with a bartack really makes such difference but it does. After realizing this, I checked the pattern and it does instruct you to tack the extension down. I guess I skipped over it in my jeans haste? I dunno. But hey, now you can learn from my mistake! πŸ˜€

Bikey Maritime Shorts
Bikey Maritime Shorts

Sorry ’bout all the wrinkles. I took these photos after wearing the shorts all day, so most of them are from sitting and moving around. While this fabric is a denim, it’s pretty lightweight for shorts, so it tends to wrinkle. The fabric softened up quite a bit after prewashing, and also set a few wrinkles in permanently (such as the one you see by the side seam).

Bikey Maritime Shorts
Bikey Maritime Shorts
Bikey Maritime Shorts
Bikey Maritime Shorts

Some additional notes:
– I debated on topstitching with a contrasting thread – either white or gold – but ultimately decided to let the bikes take center stage and kept the topstitching navy. I love how it’s subdued and classy – well, as classy as a pair of short shorts covered in bicycles can be πŸ˜›
– My pocket lining is Liberty fabric, left over from my recently Liberty make! I know it doesn’t exactly match the denim, but I couldn’t resist pairing these two special fabrics together – after all, they’re both from some of my favorite bloggers, so it seemed only natural πŸ™‚
– You may have noticed that I didn’t finish the edge of that fly extension. Actually, I did. It’s just up under the waistband because I’m fucking stupid haha. Oh well!

Bikey Maritime Shorts

I tucked my chambray button-down in so you could really see the way the shorts look, and I surprised myself because I actually kind of dig the way it looks (even if it does scream ~Fashion Blogger on Pinterest~, which we all know I most certainly am NOT haha!). For the most part, though, I wear the shirt untucked, as in the above photo.

Bikey Maritime Shorts

The best part – those lil’ shorts use barely any fabric at all, which means I still have about 2m left to play with! I’m debating what to do with the remaining yardage. It’s too heavy to be any sort of top (well, any sort of top that I would wear) and I’m not keen on making a matching pair of pants… but a dress, perhaps? What pattern would you suggest?

Thanks again, Roisin, for being such a star and making these cute shorts a reality! When I finally get my butt to London, I owe ya a drink πŸ™‚ Or two πŸ™‚

57 Responses to “Completed: Bikey Maritime Shorts”

  1. Katie July 31, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Go double Grainline, the rest would make such a cute Alder!

  2. Nicole July 31, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Ack! I was just thinking that I need to make some shorts, as I’ll be in Kansas during August and it’s gonna be miseable. These are super cute, so thanks for making these, so now I can gett off my butt and make them. Well, once I make it to Kansas- right now, no sewing until then!

  3. Miss Celie July 31, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    These make me want to weep!!! I have had a hard time finding nice bicycle print fabric that’s not too cutsey. Love these as shorts. Also, because you like bikes, I totally bought his/hers vintage Raleighs last month. My holiday cards are going to be awe-some this year.

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      Omg I love that! I want a holiday card now please πŸ™‚ haha!

  4. Helen // Grosgrain Green July 31, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    Gorgeous!! Absolutely perfect. I want them and I don’t even own a bike! Wonder what Roisin will make with hers since it will clearly not be shorts!!

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      I wish she would! She’d rock the hell outta some short shorts!

  5. Kerry July 31, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    That fabric is fantastic and great shorts. How nice is Roisin?!

  6. sewinsteady July 31, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    SO adorbs. You should use the leftover fabric for a Chardon, or some other kind of skirt. Would be super cute. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      Ooh, you’re right! Love that Chardon pattern, maybe this should be my excuse to finally buy it πŸ™‚

  7. puu July 31, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    duh, lauren, liberty matches everything πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      You just stop enabling me right now πŸ™‚

  8. sallie July 31, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Oh so sweet!! I have such a deep love for my real life bicycle (her name is ‘Lipstick’ – cuz she’s the color of lipstick…) it’s amazing I haven’t snatched up some bicycle fabric myself! Probably because I’ve never come across any fabric as sweet as this. What a wonderful present! They’re perfect as shorts, and I love the touch of liberty on the innards. I think you should use the extra yardage to make a fitted little dress, like a shirtwaist with a pencil skirt.

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Fitted shirtwaist with a pencil skirt is exactly what I was thinking! I just need to find a good pattern…or a good mash-up, I guess πŸ™‚

  9. Anonymous July 31, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Pedal-pushers, of course. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

    • Inclement July 31, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      (Er, that was me, in ding-a-ling mode…)

      • LinB July 31, 2014 at 10:03 am #

        HAHAHAHA! Jealous that I did not think of saying that.

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      HAHAHAA ok it took me a minute to get that joke, but when I did it was fucking brilliant πŸ˜‰

  10. Jen July 31, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Wow, this print is totally awesome, I can see why you went nuts for it. Makes really cute shorts.

  11. Jenny Rushmore July 31, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Yay for things that look like polka dots from a distance but are cool close up!

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Ahhhh that’s so cute! I want some of that fabric!!!

  12. Suzie July 31, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    These shorts are just so perfect!!! That really was awesome of Roisin to get the fabric for you while on her honeymoon πŸ™‚
    As for what to make the the leftovers….how about a Hawthorn dress (would there be enough for that?) or an a-line skirt of some sort? I recon either would be seriously cute!

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      I was thinking A-line something! I like the idea of a Hawthorn, but I might be pushing dangerously close to blue Hawthorn overload right now πŸ™‚

  13. ekabby111 July 31, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    You should make a matching crop top.

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      You know I love crop tops πŸ˜›

      • ekabby111 August 1, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        They go great with your hair. πŸ˜€

  14. Heather Lou July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    These are fucking rad. Roisin rules.

  15. Haylee July 31, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    These are soo cute Lauren. The fabric, the cut, the fit, the pattern, everything is so cute. I love your whole outfit actually, those shoes are way cute. I’m actually impressed how UNwrinkly the shorts look considering that you’d been wearing them all day. I have shorts made of similar fabric and I swear the moment I do anything in them they look like I’ve never ironed them before. Infuriating!

  16. Whitney July 31, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    These are awesome and you’re making me think I need to end the summer with some short shorts….

  17. LinB July 31, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Never apologize for bicycle-printed fabric. Never. My vote for using your remaining yardage? Use the rest to make a shirtwaist dress; any scraps from that for a tote or tiny duffle with shoulder straps — or a bicycle messenger bag, perhaps. Or craft the scraps into a vest to wear open over the shorts for formal occasions. Or make spats for your shoes when you wear the shorts, if not enough left for a vest.

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      I really want to do a shirtwaist! I wonder if I have enough fabric? Might need to figure some cutting layouts. And omg, spats hahaha

  18. Alice July 31, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Ahhh! So cute! I love bicycle prints and polka dots, so bicycles that look like polka dots are a winner in my book. I think it’d make a cute Hawthorn or a Hollyburn.

  19. Lynn July 31, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Very cute! How about a bikey Hawthorn?

  20. atatphares July 31, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    OMG these shorts are so perfect! I would love to find fabric like that. My vote for leftovers would be a button front skirt similar to a Beignet from Colette.

  21. Birgitte July 31, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Maybe a Belladone? It looks like it would be a good weight for it, and then you can have two bicycle-themed Belladone’s!

  22. clareyszabo July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Dude these are so so so good! I love the fabric and the shorts are just such a great fit and shape on you. WHAT.A.CUTIE! xxxxx

  23. weefrills July 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm #


  24. Rachel July 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I love this fabric, I really did think they were polka dots at first, Such a great fit as well. I need to make some shorts myself before the summer is over

  25. Roisin Muldoon July 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    DUDE! These are so cute and I am really stoked that you liked the fabric! It was absolutely my pleasure to get it for you and going back to the fabric shop was no trouble – although by the end of our honeymoon I swear the people were like, “this one again? She needs to get a life.”

    I haven’t used mine yet but I am going to echo the person above who suggested a Belladone – that’s what ivd been considering making with mine. Ooh or a Ginger skirt would work too!

    • LLADYBIRD July 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

      We should do matching Belladones! That would be so adorable hahaha ❀

  26. SeeKatSew July 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    So cute it hurts. Any ideas for the remaining fabric?

  27. Naomi July 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    girl you look damn fine in shorty shorts! Hmm, maybe a sleeveless Mortmain dress with the leftover fabric? It seems like the fabric is perfect for pleats. And you can probably make it out of 2 meters as the skirt isn’t too wide.

  28. hannah July 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    The shorts are awesome, and thank you for not taking the front shirt tuck styling all the way into top-knot-pointy-patent-flats-and-“sunnies” territory. View A of the Alder Shirtdress maybe for the rest of the fabric (her denim version looked pretty good after all)? Seems like it has enough structure to be interesting, but simple enough to be a good canvas for prints.

  29. CGCouture July 31, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Cute! As for the rest of it, three words: bicycle sheath dress. It’d be so freakin’ cute under your little yellow sweater.

  30. Tracy August 1, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Very cute shorts I love the story behind the it turns them into something very special. You have the most amazing friend to be buying you fabric on her honeymoon

  31. Liz August 1, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    Fab shorts! I just had to buy some bicycle fabric the other day. Not such tiny cute bicycles as those though!

  32. Bellbird August 1, 2014 at 4:27 am #

    These look so good! I think you did the right thing with the navy topstitching. It looks super classy. Don’t you think this fabric would make a gorgeous Belladone?

  33. Hannah frost August 1, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    Omg you should make dungarees! Like a cute version, not a farmer version. Or a cropped waistcoat πŸ™‚

  34. megthegrand August 1, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Bicycle printed denim?! BE STILL MY HEART. Love the shorts on you so much!

  35. Lynne August 1, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I love these shorts, they’re brilliant! As is Roisin, I was luck enough to receive some honeymoon fabric from Roisin too as part of Sew Dolly Clackett. I made a Belladone with it, and am another who thinks this bicycle fabric would make a great Belladone. Good luck with it, whatever you make .

  36. Katja August 2, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Ohhh such a cute fabric! I think it would make a nice hawthorn dress!

  37. Tilly Buttons August 2, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh I waaaaaaant!!!

  38. missjoiedevivre August 7, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    These are cute, and you look damn fine in them too! And what a fabulous thing of Roisin to do.


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