The Coachella shorts – a new Näh-Connection pattern translation

As you might remember from my blog post about my Birkin Flares, Annika from Näh-Connection translates great English pdf sewing patterns into German to make them available to all the German sewists (sewer? seamstress? The endless question!).

This time she translated the Coachella shorts from Striped Swallow Designs. I had been eyeing this pattern for quite a while and was more than happy sewing it as a design example for Annika.

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Deciding on the version I wanted to sew nearly took longer than making these shorts! There is a regular version and a slim fit version, you can choose between a longer and a shorter version and between three different rise heights. And you have to decide whether you’d like to use trim, bias tape, pom fringe, or basically whatever can be folded around the edge of the Coachella shorts. Oh, and the style works for both wovens and knits!

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I went for the longer slim fit version, combined with the mid rise. I decided to use a super soft brushed twill from Miss Matatabi, the same I used for this cute pencil skirt. I was looking for some organic looking bias tape to go with it and got lucky at a local store – I love how the trim looks together with the soft blue and how natural it looks in this colour!

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Sewing the shorts wasn’t a problem at all – there are not more than six pattern pieces, the instructions are very clear and adding the trim is done in no time. The waistband is made of the main fabric, combined with an elastic. It’s super quick and comfy, but at the same time it might be the only thing I’m not too happy about with these shorts – I’m a zipper and button girl, I rarely go for elastic waistlines. I feel more elegant without an elastic waist!

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But I know that the sewing world loves the Coachellas and I also know that a lot of women love wearing shorts and pants with an elastic waist, so that’s just me being… well… me? I keep wondering how I could hack the Coachellas to make a version with an invisible zipper!

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I love the fun front of the shorts and how summery they look! And – mommies out there, keep reading! – there’s a children’s version, too! That means you can make super cute mommy-and-me outfits! Annika has the children’s version in her shop, too! You can even buy the two patterns as a bundle.

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And you absolutely have to head over to Annika’s design example round-up! There are so many pretty versions there, they make my version look pretty boring!

If you speak German, it’s your lucky day – you can buy the pattern (both versions!) at 20% off until next week!

(Oh – and if you’re wondering why I’m looking so serious, I’m just a little stressed from work! Everything is fine, and next time I’m sure I’ll smile again!)

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15 comments on “The Coachella shorts – a new Näh-Connection pattern translation

  1. I can’t believe that you went from icy mountains to green green grasses in such a short period of time! That’s worth a smile!

    Your shorts are lovely… and American sport shorts always (?) have elastic! (Perhaps we need a zip for a bit of class?)

    • The seasons change so quickly here! Well, at least spring and autumn, those feel really short. As soon as all the snow is gone it just takes days until everything is green! I know that it’s really normal sewing relaxed pants like these with elastics, and I’m sure those are the most comfy pants! But I don’t even own a pair of sweat pants! ?

  2. These are cute! I think the appeal of elastic is it is less intimidating for beginners and they fit if one gains a little weight. Ha. Love the fabric and trim.

  3. Love the trim!

  4. naehconnection

    Ich mag deine schlichte Version total gern!

    • Vielen lieben Dank, Annika! Die vielen lieben Kommentare überzeugen mich auch langsam! Und ich glaube ich muss mal eine dünne coachella aus Rayon oder Voile nähen, das sehe bestimmt nochmal ganz anders aus!

  5. Wundervoll! So schlicht und rein! Ganz zauberhaft 🙂
    LG Ivonne

  6. Schlicht und wunderschön – gefällt mir gut 🙂

  7. wunderschön – immer noch 😉
    Wie läuft die Überzeugungsarbeit beim Chef?
    Liebste Grüße Dominique

    • Vielen lieben Dank! Naja, entweder habe ich überzeugt, oder auch nicht – mal sehen! Ich gehe davon aus, dass die Entscheidung schon gefallen ist, aber da das eine öffentliche Stelle ist, muss das durch so einen speziellen Rat und so, die entscheiden dann letztendlich… Kann also nur warten! =p

  8. […] cotton twill from Miss Matatabi – the same fabric I used for my Camellia skirt and my Coachella shorts. I can’t believe that I managed to make three garments (OK, the shorts are pretty […]

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