Handmade, PDF Patterns, Sewing

The Luisa Shorts – Rosy Peña Patterns.

This summer I was a little upset when I found out none of my shorts fit. All those donuts I ate at midnight were coming back to haunt me! I’ve probably been wearing the same shorts every summer since I was 20 years old, so it’s about time I make new ones. I started looking for shorts patterns right away, and I soon realized I’ve never made shorts before. I saw a picture of Rosy Peña wearing the Luisa shorts on Instagram and I was immediately sold.


This is a very simple pattern with only four pattern pieces which is perfect for beginners. I’m not a big fan of PDF patterns, but I really wanted to give them a real try and these shorts were perfect for that. These shorts have a paper bag waist , inseam pockets and faux drawstring. Honestly it was the elastic waist that convinced me, just incase I gain a couple more pounds this summer.😄. I also got a free pattern, The Marie Wrap Skirt, when I signed up for Rosy’s newsletter.


The pattern comes with a copy shop format, in case you dislike printing and taping. I feel that it defeats the purpose of a PDF pattern but it’s great to have that option. I used a chambray, which might get tricky sewing with this type of fabric so I recommend ironing using of a lot spray starch before cutting. I didn’t follow the instructions, because I sew them the same way I sew pants just because it’s easier for me. I did read the instructions, for the sake of this review, and they were easy to follow. Rosy also has a sew long video here, just in case you need a visual.


Luisa Trousers/Shorts – Rosy Peña Patterns.

Pattern Description: A “paperbag” waist style trouser or shorts featuring a mini ruffled detail, inseam pockets and a faux drawstring. Luisa is a fun piece to add to your wardrobe and is both comfortable and stylish to wear.

Pattern Sizing: XXS – XXL. I cut a size Small.

Difficulty: Easy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the deep pockets and the paper bag waist.

Fabric Used: Chambray from Joann Fabrics.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, especially for those trying PDF patterns for the first time.


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