My Liesl & Co Soho shorts in Tencel


After my last post complaining about losing my sewing mojo, I suddenly found myself with the desire to sew again on Saturday afternoon. Go figure!

So I finished my Soho shorts. Made of some Tencel fabric kindly sent to me by The Confident Stitch. I love the color with my KorkEase sandals and my silk tank top I recently bought after rebelliously breaking my ready to wear fast at a crazy sale in a downtown location where some of my favorite luxury brands were a TENTH of retail. I went a little nuts ….


Soho short by Liesl & Co

The Soho shorts were recently released by Liesl & Co. A high waisted dressy pair of shorts with pleats, it filled a need in my wardrobe for dressier shorts I can wear out with heeled sandals. There’s also a skirt pattern included. I like the forties flavor of this style with pleats, which are similar to a pair of culottes I made and love last year. I suppose I could have just shortened that culotte pattern, now that I think of it. But I like the intructions on this pattern so much more than the Big 4 culotte instructions and fit, which I had to adjust .

Sewing this pattern went really smoothly. I took my time and spent a few days working on these on and off. They could be made in a day, though. I’ve been having a hard time getting the energy up this month due to some family stress.

I cut the pattern in a size 6 and didn’t bother making a muslin or even basting them up first. I’m pretty confident in Liesl & Co pattern now, after making a few, and these fit perfectly with no adjustments. The pattern fit together perfectly and the waistband notches all met where they should after making my pleats and pockets.

The intructions for the waistband were very thorough and excellent, in my opinion. The top of the waistband is stabilized with twill tape, the band is understitched to the facing and then sewn over the invisible zipper. The inner waistband edge is serged first, then turned up 1/4 inch and edge stitched. Then the waistband is stitched in the ditch from the front catching  the slightly longer waistband facing perfectly, avoiding any hand stitching. I really liked this method! The pattern was worth it for me, just to try that new way of making waistbands.shortscloseup

This Tencel fabric is really interesting. It’s very soft and drapey when dry, but when it gets wet it feels like stiff paper! Tencel is a form of rayon fabric  made from cellulose fibers extracted from wood pulp, So that explains the cardboardy feeling when it gets wet.soho2sohoback


I think next I may make my husband a new shirt. He has been wearing the same two I made a him almost constantly. One of the shirts has a big wholw in the sleeve yet he still wears it. I guess he likes them! But it’s time for a new one. I’d also like to make another pair of these shorts in a more flowy silk or rayon print.

We will see!

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  1. Sandy Osborne says

    Those shorts look great on you! In fact, the whole ensemble looks fab. I think you achieved your goal of making a dressy pair of shorts. I really like those pleats. Glad you got your sewing mojo back.

    Regarding your last post, I think I have more fun planning sewing projects than actually sewing them. In the middle of many projects I already want to be done because I’m thinking of my next project.

  2. Sandy Osborne says

    Oh, and P.S. I just purchased some fabric from The Confident Stitch and it was sent in the most adorable tissue paper. And she hand wrote a thank you on my invoice. Just thought it was a nice touch.

  3. says

    Oh the shorts looks great. I didn’t think much of them on the pattern cover, but I love your version! Might have to get the pattern once I am ready to tackle shorts and pants 🙂

    • says

      Thanks Jenya! I’m planning on making another pair in a very fluid rayon. I totally recommend the pattern. It’s a fun sew!

  4. Addie Kugler-Lunt says

    I have this pattern but have not started sewing yet. I really like your fabric choice and the fit looks great. I may try something similar!

    • says

      Thanks! I saw another almost identical pair on Instagram today. It’s the type of garment you can wear with lots of things.

  5. says

    Very cute Justine. Thanks for sharing your review and for the inspiration! I have this cut out and ready to sew and am excited to make a few more if all goes well with the first pair.