Posts Tagged ‘shorts’

Here’s that stuff I meant to make for KCW. Turns out all I needed was three extra weeks!

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First up, Oliver + S Class Picnic Shorts.

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It’s true, Oliver + S patterns are spendy, but this one has definitely been worth its price tag. I’m on my fourth pair of Class Picnic shorts now, and I plan to keep making them for as long as she’ll wear them. This pair is pretty similar to the other ones I’ve made – I love these shorts in neutral fabrics so they go with everything. I decided on a size 5 based on her waist/hip measurements, thinking I would lengthen them, but as I was tracing the pattern pieces I realized I had absolutely no idea how/where I would add length. The curves, the facings…it was too confusing. They’ll be just fine for this summer but with a little more length they could’ve maybe gone another year.

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The main fabric is Andover chambray in Navy (great stuff, from LiMa Sews), and the facings are Kaufman’s cotton chambray with pin dots in Indigo. I bought the dots from Jones & Vandermeer but it looks like it’s out of stock now. It’s a great neutral (but still interesting) fabric and it’s lightweight with a nice drape. I decided to interface (with SF101 Shape-flex) all the facings pieces with the thought that the added structure would mean less ironing. The shorts haven’t been washed yet so my theory is untested, but I have high hopes. I also interfaced my main front waistband piece for a little more structure there, too.

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Now on to the top: The Oliver + S Swingset Tunic, the companion to my favorite skirt pattern.

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This pattern rather tragically only goes up to size 5, so I felt I had to squeeze one more in. Last year’s tunic still fits perfectly, so I just added a 1/2 inch to the length this time. The bodice construction on this one isn’t the most intuitive, and the finish inside isn’t the neatest, but you still end up with a pretty cute little top, so who cares. The triangles are Mojave in Aloe from Leah Duncan’s Morning Walk collection. Her stuff is always my favorite.

Okay then. Shorts with different top!

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Top with different shorts! Braids!

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The end.

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I cut out these Oliver + S Sketchbook shorts for Oscar at the end of July, then realized that shorts season is rapidly coming to a close and I better sew them up. The fabric is Bradford Herringbone from Robert Kaufman (purchased locally, but it’s available at Imagine Gnats) – it’s a cotton/linen blend and has a nice weight for something like this – I might have to pick up a little more to make a pair of Art Museum trousers for the fall. Lila also got a pair of shorts from this fabric (seen in this post) but the pattern is still in the works so my lips are sealed. It’s a good one though!

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I went back and forth between making an 18-24 months and a 2T – but since they only needed to fit for a couple months at most, I went with the smaller size, and they seem to fit just right.

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Anyway, the Sketchbook pattern is really simple and great and all, but I managed to make things complicated and I’m going to bore you with the details. I made the same mistake as last time and cut the “pocket lining” pattern piece from a print, and the “pocket” pattern piece from the main fabric, when it should be the other way around. I mean, it had been two years since I made this particular mistake, but it sure did annoy me to have made it twice. But that was really no big deal considering the sizable hole I cut into the butt with my serger knife while finishing the final inside seam. I should have just scrapped the whole thing, but I had just enough fabric to cut one more back panel, so I picked apart three serged seams to remove the damaged piece and reattached a new one. So yeah, hardly worth it for a boring old pair of shorts, but they’re done now.

And there are some pretty cute dinosaurs hidden in the pockets. RAWR.

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In other news, Oscar loves this baby doll just as much as his sister ever did. Also pretty cute.

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more class picnic shorts -6421I’m really digging on the Oliver + S Class Picnic shorts right now. That pair I made for KCW was not rejected (hooray!!), and they are so cute on her, if I do say so myself. I love the confetti facings but I’m also a little sad they aren’t more plain, because adding a contrast print really cut down on what they’ll go with. Neutral would have been much more practical. But that was easy enough to solve with another pair.

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I used some red chambray I found in the remnant bin at Bolt last fall. It’s not really a go-with-everything color, but the shorts are all one color, which does make them a little more wearable. It’s kind of a reddish-pinkish shade – strawberry, if you will.

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Speaking of which, once I had the red chambray chosen, it almost killed me not to use the Briar Rose strawberries as the contrast fabric. Of course it would have completely defeated the purpose of making shorts that would go with everything (or anything), but still, I had to exercise MAJOR self-restraint to keep them neutral. The strawberries would’ve been really fun. Luckily – and this is one mark of a great pattern for me – the waistband has a facing piece, so you can sneak in a surprise contrast fabric on the inside.

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So now they’re at least slightly fun.

But really, I’m glad I made them all one color, because they go with both of the shirts I made last week.

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Again, I interfaced the main front waistband piece in addition to the facing piece for added structure. The chambray is really lightweight so that helps the waistband stand up.

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I love the design of these shorts, from the retro wrap-around look to the faux fly. And while they’re a bit of work, they aren’t difficult at all, and the pattern is as clear and detailed as you’ve come to expect from Oliver + S. It’s funny, I bought this pattern for the blouse and really had no interest in the shorts, but now it’s the shorts I’m crazy about. That’s the power of the Oliver + S flickr pool

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P.S. Llama Fabrics provided me with the Briar Rose strawberries, and they’re still in stock, along with many of the other prints, if you’re looking!

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I’m guest posting today for the Shorts on the Line series with some unprecedented boy sewing! Click on over to imagine gnats for a review of the Oliver + S Sketchbook shorts pattern and a little coin pocket tutorial. And check out the past week’s worth of shorts inspirational while you’re there!

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June is notoriously cool and rainy around here, but we’re dreaming of shorts season, hoping we get to break them out at least by August. We’re preparing early.

These are the Oliver + S Puppet Show shorts in Robert Kaufman Carolina chambray (in black) and, randomly, the same Moda pin dots I used to make the Puppet Show dress for Christmas. With red top stitching. And a buckin’ bronco tattoo.

The Puppet Show pattern is available to download as a pdf, along with all the other retired Oliver + S patterns.

I love the gathering on the pockets and at the legs…such cute little details. I wish I’d had this pattern earlier, because I think they’re the perfect shorts for chubby little baby legs. But for now, these skinny little almost-preschooler legs will have to do.

And while we’re on the topic of shorts, have you heard about the Shorts on the Line series coming up in July? It’s a three week sewalong with prizes, so start sewing shorts and enter them into the Flickr group! I’ll be guest posting at imagine gnats on the 8th, so stay tuned. Until then, hope everyone is enjoying some actual shorts weather where you are!

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