Another post about shorts and another pattern from Little One Yard Wonders (read reviews of the Western Shirt here and Casey Apron here). I made shorts earlier in the summer for Bethan, and Leah said she needed some too. So she pulled fabric from stash, I traced the pattern in a size 6/7 for her.
The pattern was pretty straight forward to follow. As with other patterns from this book I’ve opted to use more than one fabric for the item, but I can see that you would get all the pattern pieces from one yard.
As the name suggests they are a long short, the sort of short that Leah likes to wear.
The pocket fabrics were bought by Tobit for the girls while on a trip to the US, she loves it. The shorts were a success so I made her another pair:
The only issue I had with this pattern was with the waistband casing, the pattern instructs making a casing of 1″ and edge stitching close to the edge, this does not leave room for 1″ wide elastic so I used what I had in stock which was 3/4″ wide and fitted perfectly.
I made them in a size 4/5 for Mathias:
The pockets on these are great, big enough for a wooden pot of pretend jam and half a wooden tomato, this boy loves to carry around ‘treasure’ so the pockets are perfect (just don’t forget to empty them before they go in the washing machine!).
On all pairs of these I’ve opted to make bias binding for trimming the pockets rather than using grosgrain ribbon as the pattern suggests.
Bethan didn’t want to miss out on the Cargo Board Short action and chose Summersville prints from my stash:
I used a turn and stitch seam for the crotch adding some durability to the shorts and finished the leg seams with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
I’m really pleased with how this pattern turned out (you could probably guess that as I’ve made 4 pairs) it’s brilliant because the children have worn these shorts all summer long which means not only were they good to sew, they are good to wear.
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