Lilly P Knockoff Shorts

15 Jun Lilly P Knockoff Shorts

Six glorious beach days with Birdie – life gets no better!


I was determined to perfect a pair of scalloped hem shorts before returning to the beach, and my inspiration came from many of the Lilly Pulitzer beach shorts.


Many thanks to Margo Bergman from Creating in the Gap for introducing me to McCall’s 6930, a flat front short with a scalloped hem option (View B).



For optimal results I added a lining to the shorts for comfort and wrinkle reduction, and inserted an invisible zipper – eliminating the need for a hook & eye at the waistband.

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Rather than sewing the 3-piece waistband together and attaching it to the shorts as one piece after the shorts’ pieces were assembled, I attached the waistband pieces separately to the corresponding parts.

  1. I marked the seam allowances before attaching,


2. and trimmed evenly with the garment piece after stitching it to the back.

IMG_5701After the front waistband was attached to the front (two front pattern pieces sewn together), the shorts were assembled.These steps allow for the invisible zipper to zip to the top of the waistband.

IMG_0035Before cutting the lining, the side front and front pattern pieces were connected and cut as one piece.


The lining for the shorts is sewn from lightweight batiste, but I cut the waistband  from the seersucker.


The back lining pieces were cut using the same steps as I used when assembling the fashion fabric.


Below are the shorts and lining before being attached right sides together at the waistband.


Here they are attached and flipped with the lining slipstitched to the zipper tape.


Attaching the scalloped facing is the last step. I treated the lining and fashion fabric as one piece and followed the pattern instructions.

I learned there was a difference between drafting my own scalloped facing and using the ready made template. Unlike the self-drafted scalloped facing from my previous shorts (blogged here), McCall’s designed the template proportionally around the edge of the shorts resulting in different sized scallops. Upon tracing the pattern I thought I made a mistake at first, but when the facing was sewn and turned, all worked out.


Another perk of lining the shorts is the ability to slipstitch the hem to the lining resulting in an invisible hem.


I’ve enjoyed wearing the shorts with the golf shirt my flight attendant friend found at a South American Lilly Pulitzer,

IMG_0027 2as well as wearing the shorts with one of the longer prototype tunics from The Tunic Bible (blogged here.)

IMG_0050But most of all I’ve enjoyed being in step with Birdie.


I sewed Birdie’s Reversible Bucket Hat from Oliver+S by Liesl Gibson using the same pink seersucker as my shorts and a small piece of Verna Mosquera floral cotton. The pattern is available as a free download here. Many thanks to Julie Starr for introducing me to this delightful pattern!


I’ll be making more……

For me, results like this make sewing vacation and weekend clothes equally as rewarding as sewing everyday clothes, and who knows, Lilly herself might have even approved 🙂

Until soon!



  • Cindy Symes
    Posted at 06:27h, 15 June Reply

    Those shorts are so lovely! And it’s a great idea to put them together the way you did with the batiste lining. I must use that method – it provides a very neat finish! And the fit is just great! I really love the look with the white tunic! And, not to forget, Birdie’s sweet bucket hat! How adorable is that! Looks like a lot to celebrate at the beach!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:49h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, Cindy! These are my favorite pair of shorts for many reasons, and you’re right – lots to celebrate this week 🙂

  • Becky Thompson
    Posted at 06:30h, 15 June Reply

    Your shorts look great! And thanks for the step-by-step. I normally avoid any method that requires hand stitching but the extra touch this time made it work. I checked that link for the inspiration shorts…$68??? Are they INSANE? People seriously pay that much for shorts? And those aren’t even lined! The little Birdie on your shoulder is adorable. 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 15 June Reply

      The hand stitching is minimal and very effective – I hope you won’t let that stop you! Lilly does sell lined skorts that are priced at $90. I prefer spending $15 🙂 Many thanks for your comment!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 06:38h, 15 June Reply

    Love the shorts…and Biirdie!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, Becky!!! 🙂

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 07:11h, 15 June Reply

    I have a sudden urge to clear my entire day’s schedule and stay home to sew scalloped seersucker shorts. Seriously though, these are so high-end looking and so beautifully finished. I’m hooked on lined shorts! Hope you’re all having a special beach week.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:54h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I hope you do sew a pair of these cute summer shorts 🙂 Great fun at the beach!

  • Susan Moore
    Posted at 07:17h, 15 June Reply

    Thank you for your wonderful blog! You make my day every time!! So inspirational every time!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:54h, 15 June Reply

      Well ……. your comment makes my day, Susan! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Cheryll Emanuel Kaczkowski
    Posted at 07:20h, 15 June Reply

    When manufacturers stopped lining clothing items the quality changed dramatically. Your shorts are the perfect example. The batiste is the perfect solution as well. Like Julie, I plan to sew after taking my dear little dog for her check up. Mine will be crop pants. My legs no longer appreciate short ones! My favorite apparel items and features include tunics (who knew) scallops, monograms, slit vents on shirts and pants, anything with a polka dot, saddle stitching and lined clothing. The little one is such a sweet heart, love that smile and that hat.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:56h, 15 June Reply

      Sounds like we have similar taste, Cheryll! Lining these shorts made a huge difference in the finished quality. I’m glad I took the extra time, and many thanks for your comment 😉

  • P
    Posted at 08:06h, 15 June Reply

    Great post! I prefer a zipper that goes all the way up so thanks for showing the “how to”! Love the scallops! You look great (as usual! )

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:58h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, P! Hook & eye waistbands can be a dead giveaway for ‘homemade’. I really like this method.;)

  • Sandy
    Posted at 08:51h, 15 June Reply

    Those are sheer perfection. Thanks for the great pictures and tips. They look smashing and I do think Lilly would have approved!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:00h, 15 June Reply

      LOL – I hope she would 😉 Many thanks, Sandy!

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 09:16h, 15 June Reply

    Great post, Sarah! Now I have to have a pair of those shorts. And of course, my little Bea will have to have the hat!! Birdie is adorable!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:02h, 15 June Reply

      Hi Cissie ~ These hats are such fun to make. Little Bea needs one for sure, and I can’t wait to see your scallop shorts 🙂

  • Kathy Hills
    Posted at 09:38h, 15 June Reply

    I love when you share the changes and hacks to patterns such as the method you used in attaching the waistband here. The shorts are beautiful! I love the last photo of you with Birdie. What a great one to frame!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:03h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, Kathy! This waistband method makes a H U G E difference! Great idea to frame the last photo 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 09:42h, 15 June Reply

    These are really cute and just perfect for a beach trip! I love the lining too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:04h, 15 June Reply

      Many thanks, Amanda! I’d like to make these in a ‘street length’ too 🙂

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 09:45h, 15 June Reply

    Wow -I always learn so many things from your blogs ! These shorts are so cute. Is the batiste all cotton or a blend & do you find it online ? I love the idea of attaching the waitband to each piece -I’m not a hook & eye fan so this is a great option .
    Just ordered the Oliver+S book . Love that bucket hat -but of course the “model” is adorable 😘

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:05h, 15 June Reply

      Hi Mary Ellen! You’ll have fun with the bucket hats 🙂 The batiste is 100% cotton – pre-washed of course!

  • Claire
    Posted at 10:00h, 15 June Reply

    Cute shorts and lucky you to be enjoying family beach week! Oliver + S offers the reversible bucket hat as a free download on their website. I printed it a few months ago for baby gifts and you have now inspired me to get on it!

  • Sharon kane
    Posted at 10:07h, 15 June Reply

    Great job on the McCalls scalloped shorts. Seersucker and stripes – perfect partners. Your previous scalloped shorts, Simplicity, were gorgeous too. Just out of curiosity, do you have a preference between the McCalls and Simplicity, and why? I love how you used remaining fabric for Birdie’s hat. And from her bright smile, I think she likes it too!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    Posted at 11:22h, 15 June Reply

    I love your shorts! The fit is just amazing which is so critical with a lined woven pair with a zip. Beautiful scallop at the bottom. Such a helpful and inspiring post – thank you! Your pics at the beach are just adorable – your smile is mirrored on Birdie’s face in second pic at the top.

    Posted at 11:40h, 15 June Reply

    I love your shorts! I saw that pattern last night in Joann fabrics and thought of you. What a treat to discover you’ve found the pattern and sewn a lined edition. I would love to do a pair with a fly zipper. Ann Taylor Loft had quite a few pairs of scalloped shorts as well this season.

  • Judy Gordon
    Posted at 11:42h, 15 June Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your contoured waistband technique. I did not look forward to fitting it separately, but love the finished fit. Your blog is a gift in the mail

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 13:14h, 15 June Reply

    Oh my! Another pair of your gorgeous shorts!! Agreeing here with Judy Gordon about sharing your contoured waistband technique! Birdie’s hat is adorable!! That is so funny I finally finished making a reversible baby hat myself out of some Liberty of London tana lawn. I used a McCall pattern that I have used before. Happy to see you so happy with your gorgeous grand.

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 13:14h, 15 June Reply

    Lucky you to have a little girl to see for!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:52h, 15 June Reply

      Indeed, Alice!

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 13:16h, 15 June Reply

    To sew for.

  • Maggie ecger
    Posted at 20:21h, 15 June Reply

    Just adorable -.both Birdie and scallop shorts and of course Grandmother!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:08h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you, Maggie!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:07h, 16 June Reply

    How beautiful Birdie is! and now about those shorts, as in perfect! I may make a pair for me , except a bit longer (since I just turned 70) will make a very plant short look interesting… cotton with a bit a stretch here I come!
    I hope Birdie gets that cute back pack in the pattern envelope shown…..enjoy her and your new scalloped shorts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:26h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you, Laura! My next pair will be a bit longer too…. We’re having a great time with Birdie & family 🙂

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 15:55h, 16 June Reply

    Great design and thanks for the tip to underline shorts. I’ve actually started underlining almost everything and using miles of lightweight cotton batiste or lawn from Mood. Enjoy your family time: Birdie is such a cutie.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:23h, 23 June Reply

      Thank you, Mary – we’re having fun with her 🙂

  • Lauren Loughlin
    Posted at 20:20h, 21 June Reply

    Birdie is a cutie! I love your shorts. I always think of being a young child when I see seersucker fabric. I had SO many outfits out of it made by my mother and grandmother.


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 23 June Reply

      Many thanks, Lauren! I know what you mean about seersucker – I wore a lot of it and so did my children. I think its for everybody these days especially when it’s tailored ………. my husband wears seersucker suits throughout our hot summer 😉

  • She_sewed_this
    Posted at 20:19h, 24 June Reply

    I love reading your blog, especially when you have all the technical steps shown as you sew.

    I have 6 little granddarlings and I like to sew for them too. I’ve made that bucket hat a few times. All the Oliver and S patterns for children are delightful.

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