MN2209 Harper / Sewalongs

inspiration and ideas for the Harper shorts

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Of all the reasons to love the Harper shorts (and skort) my favourite has to be the ability to change how it’s worn simply by changing shoes and the top! It’s such a versatile basic! We’ve even taken to wearing a slightly longer version to work since there are so many amazing ways to style them for the office these days!

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  • A chic structured short with white button up always looks incredibly put together. Be sure to combine with a flat ballet flat so you’re more ‘day time’ than ‘party time’.
  • Looking for a short with a little more coverage? Extend the leg to just above the knee (we’ve got a tutorial coming up in the upcoming sewalong to help you do just that) to get the perfect Bermuda short length + pumps + blazer = perfection!
  • Matching shorts and tunic may look very “matchy, matchy” but I love it in darker colours and more structured fabrics.
  • Pretty it up with a floral print fabric and pair with a gorgeous floaty blouse for a feminine touch.
  • For a softer look, the shorts and skort look just as lovely in a lighter weight fabric paired with a soft blouse and sandals.

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  • Extend the shorts and taper the leg to the ankles (there’s a handy tutorial already here for you) to achieve a beautiful ‘Audrey Hepburn’-esque straight leg pant.
  • Another option for the longer version of Harper is to continue the line of the shorts so you end up with a wide leg pant. The flat front and feature pockets create a great balance to the wider leg and a more structured version of a palazzo pant.


Here’s the full list of the Harper posts and tutorials:

Here are some older Harper posts you might find useful :

Harper shorts and skort by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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Veronique Paterson
Veronique Paterson
5 years ago

I’m a newbie sewer. Is this pattern too difficult for such a seamstress as I? I love to sew but tend to revert to doing everything by hand. However I recognise that the machine is quicker and more efficient lol.
Thank you