Agave Shorts by Desert & Sea Studio

Monday, January 2, 2023

I was a pattern tester for the Agave shorts pattern by Desert and Sea Studio, and here is my finished test version!

(See more photos at the end of the post.)

Size / View:

I waffled between a size 8 and 10, but ultimately did a straight size 10.

For reference, my measurements are:
  • Bust: 34.5"
  • Waist: 29"
  • Hip: 37.5"
  • Height: 5' 0"


I used a linen blend from SAS Fabrics and buttons from Joann.

Adjustments / Construction:

  • There were elements of this pattern that stretched my skills because I hadn't done them before, like using my sewing machine to do buttonholes and buttons. It was easier than I had built up in my mind, with some watching of YouTube, asking questions of Julie of Desert and Sea Studio, and practice.

  • I shortened the hem an additional 1.5", both because of preference and the shorter length suited my height (5') better.
  • Since I shortened the hem, I also re-spaced the buttons at the sides. I didn't move the button on the waist, but the remaining buttons, I used a Simflex to help evenly space them, ending at 2" above the shortened hem.
  • Size 10 ended up being a looser fit on me, so I also moved the buttons in to reduce ease.
  • I made a few other tweaks while sewing my test version, which are captured in my highlights.


  • Button detail down the sides
  • Flat front

Next Time:

  • Due to the looser fit of size 10 on me, I may size down next time.
  • Shorten the pattern about 1" to 1.5" (versus shortening the hem at the end) for the shorts version
  • Try the pants version!