When I originally started sewing clothes, I went into it thinking I was going to sew for my daughter. The desire to sew her clothes is what got me started, but since I have evolved to sewing more for me. She was given lots of clothes for gifts, or hand-me downs so up until recently there wasn’t a huge need for me to sew her clothes. Around 2 T she is starting to run out, leaving me excited to sew some stuff for her!
With summer coming on I decided to start with some shorts. I bought both the girls and women’s Coachella shorts last year. I made myself a pair and really love how they turned out. Now that Kina has her very own, we can be twinsies right?! Since I haven’t made a kids garment in awhile, I forgot how easy and fast they are! Much less printing/cutting/taping, and much much less fabric than adult clothes! I love sewing kids clothes because I can use up fabric left over from projects I had made for myself. All the fabrics used on these Coachellas were used in one of my garments at one time. I love seeing how many things I can squeeze out of my fabric!
I really like Striped Swallow Designs patterns. The pictures and directions are clear and easy to understand. She includes lots of helpful info and has her patterns arranged in an easy to use form. She describes how to grade between sizes to make the shorts taller or shorter for those kids who are one size hips and one size for length. My little one is tall and petite so I usually make a size down for width and size up for height. Her directions are very helpful if you have to do the same! She walks you through a few different trim options as well. Bias tape, lace, pom pom, etc. You can also make these shorts in knit or woven fabric! I have a few of her patterns and love them all equally. The Coachella shorts come in sizes 6 months-12 years. I LOVE that it starts at 6 months. So many patterns start at 2T and its so hard to wait that long to sew the pattern up. I mean 2 whole years?! 😉
I sewed lace trim and pom pom trim onto these shorts. The pom pom trim described in the pattern calls for a wider trim past the pom poms. The pom pom I had was pretty much just pom pom. Instead of sewing the pom pom down before attaching the from short seam, I sewed the shorts without the trim and added the pom pom on top of the sewn seams as a topstitching detail. Other than that I didn’t do any modifications.
My mini is all about “pretty” and loves the trim detail on these shorts. She is quick to point out details on people outfits and say “pretty”, so this is right up her ally. I totally love aiding in her girlyness and love of fashion.
While the pattern was super easy to follow, taking pictures of this munchkin was not. I spent the photo shoot chasing her around the sewing room and asking her to go knock on the wall. She is very much into knocking on walls and doors. I hoped I could snap a few pictures when she turned around. No such luck. She turned around and ran full tilt forward, barely leaving a second to snap a non blurry picture. I was chuckling as I edited the pictures and decided to include these real life moments. Real life is a messy sewing room with a crazy toddler. A toddler refusing to sit still for pictures, because well who has time for that?! Reality is a sticky grin and two arms outstretched to give mama a hug. Reality is messes and imperfection, but in those messes and imperfections come beauty and a deep love. While I love sharing beautiful pictures, I want to also include the real life, because well none of us are perfect. Throwing a dose of blur and mess in with the professional pictures is how I roll. So prepare to feast your eyes on the blur of a crazy and untamed toddler!
“Oh hey mom…were you trying to take pictures here?! Let me help!!”
“Yes, yes, very nice tags you put in there. I approve.”
Size Sewn: 12 Months graded to 18 Month height.
Modifications: Sewed pom pom trim on after stitching seams together.
Cost: $3.00 total. I really want to say free….I know that is not the case, but when I figure out how much something will cost I normally figure in the full price of the fabric even though there are usually scraps left over. I used scrap fabric from previously sewn clothes so the cost has already been figured in somewhere. I am going to say $3.00 to consider the trim and elastic used though.
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