Tulip Shorts | Simplicity 1501

Tulip Shorts | Simplicity 1501

Finished project: Simplicity 1501. (I win.)

Simplicity 1501, 70's inspired tulip shorts

I don’t have a ton to say about this make, except that I love these shorts. There are several indie companies with similar patterns; like the Coachella Shorts from Striped Swallow Designs. Grosgrain Fabulous has a free pattern, the Pinwheel Shorts which fit up to a 40″ hip measurement.

Simplicity 1501 has a wider leg than the patterns mentioned above; it almost looks like a skirt when wearing it. With the right fabric and trim, these shorts could be vintage inspired lingerie. I started a gorgeous pair with my Amethyst Caravan silk from My Fabric Designs, but ran out before I could cut the waistband. You’ll see this pattern again, once I find a coordinating print.

70's inspired tulip shorts, Simplicity 1501

This women’s shorts pattern can be made with knit or woven fabric. The edges can be trimmed with lace or pom-poms, or use a narrow hem. For this pair I used jersey from Girl Charlee and elastic lace trim. I love the casual vibe when paired with a tee and sandals. This is a great project for instant gratification too- I finished in about an hour.

Happy Friday!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Diana Rambles

    Those shorts are so adorable, but they would not look good on me!

    • Diana

      Cute design, though!

  2. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    These are so cute! I’m desperate for new jammies and seeing these cute shorts has pushed me into making my own!

    Oh, and if you’re wondering, I have finished a couple of bras. Yay!


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