Striped Short Set: True Bias Jesse & S9272


Initially I wanted to sew and compare two free indie t-shirt patterns, True Bias Jesse and Closet Core T-shirt. Both offered a cropped view that I knew I would sew eventually. The plan was to sew both tee with this black and white striped fabric, but I got an idea of a striped short set so I’ll have to find another knit.

Skill Level:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Sewing Time:

1 hr each

Pattern Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Jesse Tee is a free pattern from True Bias. It features a relaxed fit, dropped shoulders, elbow length sleeves and two hem lengths. The description states a wide crew neck, but the neckline seems small to me. I do love the cropped length. With just 4 pattern pieces its a quick and easy sew.

It took until me wanting to make these lounge shorts to realize I didn’t really have any pull on shorts patterns. Full disclosure I did have a few but they were basic PJ patterns and I wanted pockets and an actual (ie. not foldover) waistband.

I was actually looking for a pattern for a different project and came across Simplicity 9272. It doesn’t include a shorts view, but I new I could make it work by simply creating a new hem line to allow a 3.5″ inseam.


I do not remember where this striped knit is from. It has a very fine rib and feels amazing. Hefty but still soft. I wish I had more of it. I would’ve made pants instead of shorts.

I have love/hate relationship with stripe fabrics. On one hand I love wearing stripes and am often drawn to striped fabrics. Stripes are so versatile – vertical, horizontal or even diagonal – which makes them fun to play with. On the other hand cutting and sewing striped fabrics require a little more work and planning. It’s worth it though.

Love this little label from Dutch Label Shop

On the shorts I decided to cut the pockets vertically, it’s a really small detail but I love it. I thought about adding a pocket to the top with the stripes aligned vertically, but I left it off. Should I add it?


None to the tee. I simply eliminated the tie on the shorts.


I think this is a really cute set. I want to make it again with the pants length.

Pattern:  True Bias Jesse tee (free!) | Simplicity 9272

Pattern Description:

The Jesse pattern is a relaxed fit T-shirt with two lengths. View A is cropped length, ending around the natural waistline and View B is a full length T-shirt ending below the hip. The oversized fit of this design includes a dropped shoulder, wide crew neckline, and sleeves hitting just above the elbow.

pull-on pants with knit waistband & ties.

Sizing: women’s 0-18, plus 14-32 I cut the women’s 18 | XS-XL. I cut the XL but feel the L wouldn’t been better.

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes | not really as there is no shorts view on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow: yes | yes

Would I recommend it to others? Yes especially since the tee pattern at its FREE | yes I’ve already made the pants again

3 responses to “Striped Short Set: True Bias Jesse & S9272”

  1. I love it, and I vote for a pocket with vertical stripes too! The shorts pockets really draw the eye so another on top would balance out the set.
    Also you might want to use the same size from the larger size range instead next time. I’m pretty sure the main/only difference is a larger cup size, and that’d look better on you


    1. Thanks I may add the pocket. I may download the larger size range for my next one


  2. […] talked about this pattern before here, but as a recap it’s a great free pattern. My only issue is the neckline is small, but I have […]


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