Today I share with you my Made with Moxie Prefontaine shorts. I made them before my Upton maxi dress, but they have been constantly worn since. There are a few patterns like this one out there, but for some reason, these struck me as the ones for me. If you are looking for a similar pattern that is free, check out Purl Solo’s City Gym shorts (goes up to 46 inch hip). The Prefontaine shorts, however, go up to a 55 inch hip and have pockets. I could have graded up the City gym shorts and altered them for a pocket, but I decided to go with the Prefontaine shorts. I’m glad I did.
Shorts are a continuing mission for me. I need to break that scarrier (a barrier you are scared of…lol). This year is all about fashion challenges to myself and conquering fashion scarriers, because of what people and magazines told me growing up.
Shorts are a scarrier for me. I haven’t worn them in public since I was in my teens and the last time I wore them…I had some mean girls at school make fun of my legs for being fat and super duper white and pale. I guess they were making fun of my entire fat body, but I was wearing a flowy peasant top a la mid-90s with cut off jean shorts so that translated to me hating shorts. I immediately went home and tossed the shorts in the garbage and never wore them again. My legs also become a huge object for my hatred after that. I’ve been pretty honest about my struggles with mental health. My legs were a target for self harm for most of my teen years until about 21 when I stopped harming myself for good. YAY ME! Ridiculously proud of myself for how far I have some in uh…almost 15 years.
Shorts are still a scarrier, though. They are a big part of me healing myself and saying “eff you, bullies of the past!” and healing the mental health scars internally. With all my health issues, I can’t change my body very easily so it is important to me that I embrace it and love it and work past these scarriers. 2 weeks ago, I posted this on Facebook and IG:
My body does great things on a daily basis just trying to keep my joints from flying off to Nantucket. I have to appreciate it for that and for how it helped me my whole life. Sure I will still curse every time I have weird things happen like dislocating my shoulder by putting on a bag. But it’s the only body I have. So I embrace its flaws and appreciate its strengths.
Shorts and trying out different dress silhouettes (tent dress, maxi dress) is really important to me. Next one is a two piece swimsuit to get into the pool for exercise.
Back to the Prefontaine shorts.
The thing is that I’ve made them, but there is no way I would or could wear these shorts out in public unless I was at the beach or back from the gym. They are a lot more like pajama shorts than I originally anticipated. That is totally okay, of course, pj shorts with pockets are an amazing thing and I will have tons of these, but I was looking for a nice short to wear around the city and feel confident in. On reflection, maybe a loose-fitting pair of shorts was never destined for that, but I didn’t know unless I tried.
The fit on the Prefontaine shorts isn’t really what I was hoping for. I graded up to a size 28. I could definitely have just done a size 26 or maybe with the ease tried the size 24 since my hips are 56 inches (to 58…depending on the time of the month) and the size 24 is for 55 inch hips. I think the ease might be a little bit more than the pattern suggests. For size 26, it should be only be a couple of inches of ease, but my shorts measure at 62 inches. Edit: the size chart is also not very detailed. It is more detailed with the finished measurements than anything else. So the ease for a 26 could be correct, but it’s hard to know without a complete size chart. It could definitely have been my grading, though. I’ll for sure be making the pattern again, but I will try sizing down next time. The butt fits okay, though, so even if I do size down, I want to keep the crotch curve almost as is on the back with a slightly larger adjustment. I’m not a huge fan of how the front looks. I have a shorter front crotch curve, which I discovered while making my Misty Jeans, so there is fabric pooling and pouching. Not the greatest look at all! Sizing down may help, but I also plan on shortening that curve for a better fit. I love the pockets, though, and the bias tape edges. It makes for a fun around the house short.
My main reason for not wearing them outside of the house is the potential for the crotch to ride up as I walk and for me to get chub rub. The shorts aren’t super functional unless they stop me from chafing. Around the house, they are fine, but I need something functional for walking. If I were to make these for outside shorts, I would have to lengthen them to cover my thighs, but I think I really just want to make a bunch of these for pj shorts for around the house.
I already have the Jennifer City Shorts from StyleArc cut out, but I just got the Itch to Stitch Belize shorts for a shorter short since the Jennifer City Shorts hit about knee level. The other plus of the Belize shorts is they seem to have a higher waist, which I much prefer. I also love the elastic back with the flat front and the skort version, but I don’t think that will be my first version of them. I’d prefer to try to get the fit correct and I think I might be lazy with the skort since that would just cover it up. I will need to grade the shorts up to a size 26.
And now here is a mini-rant. I know that plus sized women often aren’t the market for shorts, but there is a serious lack of patterns for them in bigger sizes. Shorts are becoming more popular in plus size fashion. I wish for two things: 1) that sewing patterns would hurry up and meet fashion trends so I can sew them and 2) that sewing pattern companies were more adventurous with their options. Release all the plus sized crop trops, short shorts, tank dresses, bodycon dresses, swing/tent dresses, sleeveless everything, and lingerie, for god’s sake, give me PLUS SIZED lingerie patterns! I just want more options and to get past more and more scarriers so that other women like me look at how I am rocking it and say, “hey, I can do that too!” or maybe they get past a different scarrier. End rant.
And back to some details on the shorts. They are made with a midweight soft as heck purple cotton that I bought years ago during a Fabricland closing. The hot pink bias tape is from a local shop. I recently learned that I have access to way better bias tape than 90% of the world. The stuff in packages is apparently what most people have, but my local stores actually make bias tape with their cotton fabric so you can match the bias tape perfectly to the cotton solids colours available in their shop. The bias tape isn’t a poly/cotton blend, but a nice cotton. It’s prices comparably to the stuff in packages. So now I get why people say they hate purchased bias tape. Before I was all “this is a good alternative.” But now I realize my privilege in having access to much better bias tape. There are higher qualities and 100% cotton bias tapes in the packages, but they aren’t everywhere like the scratchy poly/cotton stuff.
Even though most edges would be finished in the bias tape, I also finished them with my serger.
Construction went okay. I was watching Stephen King’s The Mist while making them. I’ve seen that movie about 20 times and got reminded of it while recently devouring Stranger Things on Netflix. People who have seen both can understand a bit of the correlation with Stranger Things in my mind. Even though I’ve seen the movie a lot, certain things distracted me. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a really good movie imho. The ending in the movie is controversial for book fans and even for movie fans, but I think it’s a good cinematic ending and it kills me every time. Basically, the movie is emotional, scary, and a great psychological trip.
But….it’s not good watch while you sew material…
I sewed the pockets to the front crotch curve during a particularly tense scene. So that happened. After ripping that out, everything was fine. The instructions are really clear.
I wore the shorts with a new Concord tank top with cotton lycra covered with cats in crowns. How much better can a shirt get?! Here pictures of me without makeup or having done my hair at all and I pretty much don’t care! I kind of love them. You can see the wicked hot pink and purple argyle KT tape on my shoulder that my Physiotherapist put on me. She gets me. She said she would have offered most people the black stuff, but not me. 😉
The elastic in the back isn’t twisting or anything, just wasn’t sitting right for the picture. Too lazy to retake it!
- Pattern: Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts
- Pros: Nice deep pockets (I made them deeper in this version, but I am going back to the original length for the next pair because they are good as is). Bias tape edging is a great design detail. Lots of ease for a casual pattern.
- Cons: Not wearable in public because of potential for crotch riding up. But that’s a personal thing. Might have more ease than the pattern suggests.
- Make again?: Yes. I want to size down, decrease the front crotch curve, and leave the back crotch curve as is in this version. If I were to wear these in public, I would lengthen them, too.
- Rating: 4/5 stars
15 thoughts on “Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts”
Well done you for fighting your demons! Just before I logged on I was explaining to my BFF why pretty bras are such a huge problem for me. At age 12 in a public changing room with my Foster Mother she announced “You are so lucky, you have the kind of body any adult woman would kill for” I had an 18″ waist and 38 B breasts not the most desirable thing for a 12 year old (to be fair she didn’t know I’d been sx’y abused for previous 10 yrs) at 59 that comment still haunts me. So I really admire your attitude.
Your shorts really do look good on you and as an overweight woman myself I know about being hyper critical 🙂 I think with the changes you’ve suggested for comfort/better fit you should go for it.
I can’t get as radical as shorts 🙂 But I’m going to follow your example and make a pair of culottes that stop just below the knee, one of my “scarriers”. I’ve been making my own bias binding when I make clothes by cutting narrow strips the full length of the fabric.
Love the top, I have 4 cats and this fabric makes me think of them 🙂
Congrats on kicking self harm too, I’ve got mine controlled but happening 😦
You are one very courageous lady and I wish we lived closer as I’d love to meet up and chat.
Lucy Caitlyn ~ UK
Thanks so much, Lucy. I had a similar experience with having developed large breasts at a young age. There is nothing like telling a 12 year old about her adult body to drive a 12 year old to cover herself up like crazy. I was also sexually abused and felt like more of a target because of it. 😦 I’ve come a long way since and have a ton of pretty bras, but for a while bra shopping was grabbing the nearest bra that was vaguely the size of my last one. 😦 I’m glad your self-harm is controlled. Congrats on that! ❤ ❤ Many many hugs to you!
I'm glad you are trying out culottes! I have a pair made that needs me to rip out the waistband and resew it smaller. So we can be twins! Even if we aren't in the same country. 😉
Aww bless you Andie, I’ve not been with you long and don’t FB or Instagram but what I read here just resonates with me so often. I really do feel like we’d be great friends in the world outside of hyperspace 🙂 Sent you an email directly last week, don’t know if you got it? Know your a busy lady so if you did but not had time to respond no prob. It’s just I do know not every mail makes it.
Rootin for you, and being typically reserved & British your one of a very select few 🙂
Keep being Awesome
Oh, wow! Thanks for being so open about your scarrier. I I think you are rocking those shorts, even if they aren’t quite there yet. Yay for challenging your scarrier!
Thanks, Hannah. 🙂 ❤ ❤
I watched “The Mist” while I was on hospital bed rest right before Ramona was born. Maybe not the all-time greatest choice of films to watch alone in your hospital room, possibly about to have an emergency Cesarean at any second.
I’ve been thinking about trying the Prefontaine shorts for a couple of years, but I think just the style takes them out of contention for leaving-the-house shorts. Unless I’m just walking to the pool or something (a few blocks from my house). I guess I’m really not on board with the athleisure trend. Good luck with your next pair!
What a time to watch the Mist. Hopefully it didn’t traumatize you!
I am not 100% on board with the athleisure trend, either. Likely these were never going to become “outside” shorts. LOL. They sure are comfortable, though, for house shorts. 😀
I’m sure! I don’t know if you saw my post about the ridiculous whaling ship bloomers I made, but they get worn around the house ALL THE TIME when it’s hot! Nothing beats a comfy pair of shorts with pockets!
I was vaguely traumatized by “The Mist” just because the monsters were giant space spiders & I HATE spiders. But mostly I was too drugged up on Ambien & assorted blood pressure/migraine medications to take in the details.
I did see those! They look so comfortable and I need to make a similar pair!
First time I saw it, I was not 100% sober and well…. I’m actually surprised I didn’t become traumatized by it… Those spiders a really freaky.
These are awesome pjs! It looks like the back fit is really great across the booty. I’ve had fit like that in the front before and I think sometimes its just a case of it being too big? To offer some unsolicited advice 😉 I would probably try sizing down the front one size before getting lost in the weeds of adjusting crotch curves and stuff. Though of course, I’m only seeing a few photos and you are wearing them, so I may be totally off base! I think I am realizing I do need to make some shorts like this for around the house. Since I live by myself, I typically wear the rattiest, no-bra outfits around on the weekend, but these days it seems like people keep stopping by unannounced. I think its time to make some nicer loungewear (not to mention its not like I need any more dresses!). I just put in a massive order to Jalie and got their casual, tie-waist, pants/shorts pattern. Hoping those are good!
Those Jalie shorts sound awesome! I really want to try their patterns, but I haven’t seen a lot of them made up and practically none on a body like mine.
The advice on just changing the front is great! I will try that. 😀 Better than working with that damned crotch curve.
I think there’s potential in this pattern. The trim is a fun touch. I so resonate with the scarrier notion. I spent a lot of time as a young girl beating myself up over my legs too. It’s sad how easy it is to fall into patterns of wanting what someone else has and being discontent over what we have. I’m with you–my legs get me from point A to point B, and who cares that they haven’t seen the light of day since the early 90s :D. If it’s hot, the shorts have to come out. The world’s definition of beauty is so myopically narrow and soul crushing. You’re beautiful because you are a person, and a loved one at that. I love the kitteh princesses too!