DIY Ankara Shorts

McCall's 6756 Misses' Shorts

I am in the process of making my Level Seven Blazer for Sewing Class, using Vogue pattern v8887. My instructor at The Sassy Sewer, Blondell, suggested that I make a pair of shorts to match the fabric.. At first I thought it would be too matchy matchy, but I decided to do it anyways. I chose to use the McCall's pattern 6756. I had to do some grading, fitting and added like a quarter of an inch to the length. Lol But it looks really nice and I can't wait to wear it for my sewing class graduation. Whoop Whoop!! ;)

Pattern Review (M6756)

Description: Semi-fitted shorts have waistband, pocket variations, and mock fly zipper. 

Fabric Used: Ankara

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 8 for the hips and graded up to a size 12 for the waistband. My lower waist is 3 inches wider than this McCalls pattern waist size.

Were the Instructions easy to follow?  Yes, I was scared to do the fly. But the instructions were so easy, I did it with ease. The first time I made pants (See Here), I sewed the fly to the front of the pants.

Likes or Dislikes about the Pattern: I like that the shorts are fashionable and the fly was easy to do.

Pattern Alterations or Design Changes made: I graded up as explained in Pattern Sizing. After the pants were sewn together, before adding waistband, I had to take off some inches at the waist so that there won't be a gap in the back of the shorts. Also, I did a 1/4 inch hem instead so that I can have a little bit of length (it really made a difference). And lastly, I didn't add the pockets because want the shorts to lay flat on the sides.

Would you Sew it again? Yes, I'll sew another one with lace over lining. 


  1. I love this! Where are you getting your fabrics from?

  2. I really like this! Where are you getting your fabrics from?

  3. I actually purchased the fabric in Nigeria, but there are African Fabric stores in the U.S. you can get them from. Depending on where you live at.



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