I’m a selfish sewer.
There—I said it. I prefer to sew for myself as a hobby and for self-care. The process of taking something from raw material to final product is cathartic for me and helps me manage stress.
The effect of this craft therapy is that my husband has to live through an apartment covered in fabric scraps and an ever-growing hoard of fabric with little to no tangible benefit. Sure, he gets the residual effects of me being in a better mood, but he doesn’t get cool new clothes like I do.
Greenstyle Creations just released a new men’s short pattern called the Motion Shorts. The overall design is similar to that of lululemon’s Pace Breaker Shorts, with a 5, 7, and 9-inch inseam, optional liner, and pieces that allow for color-blocking, if you are so inclined.
So how did it sew?
Pattern assembly and cutting
Like most Greenstyle patterns, the Motion Shorts pattern is structurally sound, easy to follow, and requires little to no work when it comes to printing and laying out the pattern and fabric. If you print at home, there are no-trim pages. If printing at home isn’t your thing, you can also access print-shop and projector files with your purchase.
I’m not going to lie, I messed up at a few steps during the construction of these shorts and had to become best friends with my seam ripper. While the directions aren’t too hard, you’ll definitely want to read through the pocket steps a few times before sewing so you don’t miss crucial steps.
My Motion Shorts turned out okay, but it took a lot of seam ripping and curse words to get to that point.
Other than the pockets, these shorts are an easy, quick sew. I used a serger and a home machine—I don’t have a cover stitch and was fine.
I tested this pattern for the developer and received a copy for free. Links to the pattern are also affiliate links, and purchasing using them will give me a small kickback to help finance my sewing addiction.