Hey y’all – I have a new pattern for you today! The Oceanside Pants and Shorts are the next pattern in my California Dreaming collection, and I’m introducing them as part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong hosted by imagine gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.
These shorts and pants were inspired by a pair of linen drawstring pants that I wore until the seat was threadbare. And no one should wear threadbare pants - that's a big fashion no-no! So instead I made a pattern with even better pockets than the originals, and voila - summer casual and comfy.
Both the pants and the shorts I made are linen. The pants are a denim look linen, and the shorts have a cool gold metallic sheen. Perfect for a stroll on the beach. Pismo Beach, to be more precise.
Though I was skeptical of the metallic linen when I got it in the mail (I thought it would be linen with some metallic threads running through; instead is has more of a lamé look) I went ahead and sewed them up, and I actually love them. Both of these fabrics are from Mood, and the metallic is 1) not itchy (I was worried) and 2) acts as a neutral, but a popped up super cool one. It also has just enough stretch that these shorts are suuuuuuper comfy. So, I'm happy with the fabric.
The pants are just as fab - slouchy easy linen. If you're a person who hates wrinkles and rumples, then just stay away from linen. I think rumpled linen is fab (and also cool and easy to wear) so I love these. They're great for a beach breeze and I know I'll be wearing them more come fall here.