Earlier this year, I lived in my Elizabeth Suzann-inspired wool Pomona Pants (shared here). Naturally, I decided to make the shorts version for summer. The original pattern provides two pants and one shorts view – I opted for a simpler variation of the Pomona Shorts by omitting the external pocket.
Size & Fit
I made these in a size 4, which is the same size as my pants. I like the looser fit and prefer the little bit of extra fabric around the hips.
If you’ve browsed the #pomonashorts hashtag on Instagram, you’ll notice that the original pattern has a fairly generous inseam. So I made two small changes to the pattern:
- Reduced hem length by 1”, for a 3.5” inseam more proportional to my 5’4” self
- Trimmed the top portion of the pattern to accommodate a 1.5” waistband instead of the 2” that the pattern calls for
I’ve really enjoyed working with Blackbird Fabric materials for apparel sewing, and used Midweight Linen Viscose Noil in Latte for this project. It has a nice drapey weight and unique texture to the fabric that keeps it interesting.
I was able to squeeze this out from 1 meter of fabric, which cost $21 USD in total (shipping split between this and another fabric in the same order).
For the waistband, I used the last of my Fantastic Elastic. It’s a softer 1.5” elastic waistband that would not have worked for a heavier weight fabric like wool, but is great for this viscose linen noil.
Super comfy and easy make! I enjoy the higher rise on the Pomona Shorts – they are great for tucking in longer tops or pairing with cropped tops without revealing too much. The topstitching on the center seams is also a nice touch, especially with solid fabrics where it visible.
In the future, I may try adjusting the back slightly. It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the back hem is slightly lower than the front unless I pull up the back waistband a bit. It doesn’t bother me much, but I think it’s due to having too much length in the backseat area.
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