Neha added hand embroidery to her most recent Lisboa Shorts. We love the personal touch this simple technique adds to the garment.
For my first pair of Lisboa shorts, I chose to do a basic version with back pockets in a cotton twill fabric.
I’ve become interested in embroidery lately, and am always looking to add a little extra special touch of it to things. For the Lisboa shorts, I thought it would be a fun embellishment to the back pockets. Since I’m relatively new to embroidery, I figured a small simple pattern was probably a good way to start.
To begin, I basted the seam allowance around the pocket to mark the area to work with. Using a water soluble pencil, I drew the design from the bottom up.
Since my fabric is a twill, I thought the best thread for the project would be sashiko thread. I chose a variegated sashiko thread to add a little bit of interest and dimension to the pattern.
Using a simple running stitch and a sashiko needle, I freehand embroidered the design, starting and stopping within the seam allowance. My stitches aren’t exact or perfect, but I love how it turned out!
I made a size 14 with a 7” inseam length without any modifications. For my next pair, I would like to try one size down in the waist, which I feel would remove a little bit of excess fabric from the front.
Overall, for my first pair of bottoms, I found this to be a wonderfully easy pattern that can come together in an afternoon of sewing. This is a great beginner friendly pattern, and I can’t recommend it enough!