I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shorts for Delilah

When dressing Delilah the other day, I realized I needed to weed through her clothes (again!) and pack up the stuff she doesn't wear anymore. She's growing like mad and it seems like she needs a different size every 5 minutes!

As I went through her clothes, I picked out lots of her pants -- way too thick for the southern heat. And I realized she didn't have that many pairs of shorts that fit.

Momma to the rescue! Here are 4 of the 5 pairs of shorts I made Delilah in the last few days.

Now, there are lots and lots of tutorials out there on how to make a simple one piece pattern out of shorts you already own. And it doesn't look that hard. But honestly, I just wasn't up for wasting any fabric or my time on trying to do this on my own and not getting it right. I don't have the energy to try and fail at fitting her properly.

So I bought a pattern. For $6. On Etsy. This one. From this shop. Worth every penny! For $6 all the guesswork was taken out. No sewing and ripping seams and measuring and redoing. For $6 I got one magical pattern piece that is so easy to put together!

Here's the 5th pair I made. Action shot - I kind of like this impromptu pose.

I didn't follow the instructions completely. These are roomy roomy shorts. On Delilah at this length they kind of look like board shorts, which I think is kinda cool.

I can't share the pattern with you - you have to pay the nice australian lady on Etsy $6 for that, but I can tell you a little bit about how I made them.

First, after cutting out the pattern. (one pattern piece, cut 2 of them for one pair of shorts) I used an overlock stitch all around the two pattern pieces before I started. So all my seams would be finished. For the elastic casing at the waist, I didn't double fold. Since it was overlocked, I just folded it down and ran a straight stitch around.

If you don't have an overlock stitch or foot to go with it (or a serger, which would be ideal of course) -- oooh, get one, it's awesome, --- if not, you can instead sew a zigzag stitch close to the edges to help with fraying. You could also do french seams if you like.

For the bottom hem, I just left the overlock stitch. Didn't hem it! They would be a tad fancier with a pretty hem I suppose, but for play clothes I think the overlocked hem looks just fine.

This pattern could be used for bloomers, and includes instructions on adding a casing for elastic at the legs. Maybe I'll do that one of these days.

Let's see, that's 5 pairs of shorts from a $6 pattern. 3 of the fabrics I used were given to me free. So for those 3 pairs of shorts, I averaged $2 apiece. And I am going to make more! So you see, that $6 pattern was a bargain for me! Ooh, maybe I'll add some pockets to a pair. Or embroider some....or add some ruffles.......

There is so much value in the free patterns and tutorials available online. But sometimes, paying a little to gain the advantage of benefitting from someone's else's experience and know-how can make all the difference.

Later skaters,

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  1. These are so cute! and your daughter is rocking the shorts bless her

    Found on you Just a Girl

  2. Love them! Quick and easy, just how I like my patterns. Your little one is too cute :0)

    PS Thanks for the feedback on my bag. I so appreciate it and I'm working on the topstitching. How did I forget that?!

  3. So cute and perfect coverage for those hot slides at the park! Thanks for linking up at PonyTails&FishScales~Party Time Thursday!


  4. Those are very cute, and she is even cuter! Hey thanks so much for dropping by my blog and giving me a few date ideas! Your day date sounds very fun and I especially like your Target $5 gift idea too! Thanks again! :)

  5. adorable! I like the fact that they are all prints, you can mix and match so many different tops with them.

  6. Ahhh! These are soo cute. Thanks for linking up to my party!


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