Did you ever find your perfect pair of shorts? I have many times over, I’ve designed hundreds of shorts professionally and loved each one but it’s never stopped me from continually looking for improvements in design, fit, fabric and construction. Using this Schoeller fabric I got from a trip to the Schoeller factory in Switzerland a few years ago I’ve created my dream shorts. This amazing fabric has a crazy amount of stretch and recovery and I wanted to test a construction that I don’t see often.
I hate loosing things out of my pockets so I’m a big fan of not using a slash(khaki) front pocket design so I stuck with a traditional denim style front pocket. This Schoeller fabric has an amazing amount of stretch and I didn’t want to have the usual restrictions from a back yoke or horizontal back welt pockets that reduce the amount the fabric can stretch so I went with patch pockets that would accurately contour and move with the bodies movements without increasing the risk of seam fatigue so I replaced the horizontal back yoke seam with darts because the horizontal yoke seam would have created a restriction and possibly broken the seam stitching. These design and construction choices are extremely important for anyone that has some junk in the trunk. I also gave these shorts a 4″ inseam gusset to move the inseam away from the normal abrasion points to accommodate bike activities or use with tights to avoid seams doubling in the same high abrasion zones.
I’ll add some interior pics soon. I don’t think I took any in process shot for these.
Now that I have the design and construction down it’s time to move on to pants. I’ve recently some cotton/nylon/span/dyneema fabric that I’ll use for pants based on these shorts.