Thurlow Shorts: Three Ways!

thurlow shorts, three ways

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled about all the lovely comments you left on my first post. Thank you so much for your support! I’m extremely excited to continue to write about projects, tips and inspiration with Tasia!

OK, now for some real talk: until I discovered the Thurlows, I wasn’t a big fan of wearing (let alone making) shorts. But this pattern changed that. Extra room for my thighs? Yes! Back extension so that I can tweak the fit? Amazing.

Today I want to show you my first pair of Thurlow shorts! I made these last summer, and I’ve been loving them ever since. The tencel twill fabric is from Telio. It’s soft, light, breathable, and has a brushed finish that gives these shorts a bit of a suede look.

I used to think shorts were just for weekends and lazy days. But I’ve been experimenting a lot with how I can take my Thurlows from the weekend, to the office, and even out for dinner! Here are my three favorite ways to wear these shorts.

thurlow shorts for work

At the office, I pair them with a cute pair of flats, and a blouse. Tucking the blouse in gives the shorts a more polished look.


Date night! For this look I went with wedge sandals and a nice top. The top is self drafted, and the lace I used is from Telio. I think the simple black palette keeps this look polished and a bit more evening appropriate.

thurlow shorts, weekend look

And my weekend digs are pretty simple: a comfortable top and moccasins keep the shorts casual. Fun fact: I used the Renfrew pattern to make my simple cream t-shirt – I just omitted the sleeve and hem bands. Instead I over locked, turned, and topstitched those edges.

What are your favorite ways to wear shorts? We’d love to hear in the comments!

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11 Responses to Thurlow Shorts: Three Ways!

  1. Rebecca June 24, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I like shorts that are longer, would it be easy to modify the length of the Thurlow shorts?

    • Caroline Amanda June 24, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Hi Rebecca,

      Definitely! It would be very easy to lengthen the short. The Thurlow pattern is also available in a trouser. Since the trousers are more fitted through the thighs, you could also shorten he trouser, say to just above the knee, for a more tailored look.

      All the best!

      • Rebecca June 25, 2013 at 6:18 am #


  2. lisa g. June 24, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    cute styling! i really like the navy/black look–my first thurlows were also navy! i’ve made this pattern four times and have two more planned. won’t be retiring that pattern anytime soon!

  3. Sally June 24, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    OMG I want all three of these outfits!!! I really like the fabric you chose for your thurlows! I just made my first pair last week and I am in love :) And that bow-tie renfrew – it’s going on my list. Great post – can’t wait to hear more from you!

  4. Amy June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Wow they look great. I avoid wearing shorts like the plague, lol.
    I am currently making the shorts from Colette patterns, but I am putting these on my list next.

  5. Seattlerain June 24, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Ok Caroline, you’ve convinced me to try the Thurlows as shorts! I’ve got to do a muslin anyways and was planning on using Lladybird’s posts as I go along. With any luck I’ll make some black lace ones by the end of the summer!

  6. Kate June 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Love your styling Caroline. Shorts are definitevely my basic for summer, can’t get enough of them. Compliments to Tasia for finding a good length, I draft my own patterns and it took me a few tries do get the perfect shape and length. Just waiting for some sun now! Go shorts!!

  7. Ross June 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    excelente, buena idea, gracias. saludos

  8. Meredith June 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I love your Thurlow shorts! They look very comfortable and flattering, the best combination. I’m dying to make some myself. Great styling ideas, too.

  9. Bron June 26, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    They look great – I have made four pairs of Thurlow trousers, but you have inspired me to try shorts. I haven’t worn shorts in years – they are just never quite right, but with this pattern I know I can get them to fit me perfectly. My Thurlow trousers are my absolute favourite trousers. If anyone is thinking of making them I would really recommend Lladybird’s sew-along. She makes it very easy!