Tulip Style Sleep Shorts | Simplicity 1501
The newest addition to my wardrobe is another pair of shorts; tulip style sleep shorts to be exact. And yeah, I did sleep in them before I took these pictures :)
I’ve made Simplicity 1501 before, and I have nothing but good things to say. It’s a fairly straight forward sewing pattern, suitable for beginners.
The elastic waist and loose fit make sizing a breeze. I added a row of zig zag stitches because my elastic was rolling after I washed them.
Here’s a shot of the inside. I used my serger to finish the seams. How do you like the pink and purple thread?
Pardon the wrinkles! I’m too awesome to iron today.
The trickiest part is hemming the curved edges, but my fabric wasn’t too fiddly. Using trim is probably a little easier than this very narrow hem. (Here’s my previous version with lace trim.)
Okay, now the wrinkles are really starting to bug me.
Simplicity 1501 is designed as sleep shorts, but I intended to wear these as active wear. If I bend over or if the wind catches, the tulip seams open right up. This makes them extremely comfortable to sleep in, but not so modest for day wear.
In other words, they’ll show your butt. I will tack down the tulip seam and see how that looks. Another option would be to top stitch down to the hem.
I used my own print at My Fabric Designs; Caravan in amethyst. Every design is available in 26 different types of fabric. This is the cotton silk, it’s a dream to work with. I wash and dry it in my regular laundry cycle, too.
I love designing fabric with My Fabric Designs; I recieve a nice commission when anyone purchases my designs. (Which is great, because I’m spoiled to the good stuff.)
Tulip Style Sleep Shorts
Cotton Silk from My Fabric Designs