Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nesting, getting a head start on Summer and stash busting

I've been sewing so much lately, churning out clothes for the kids daily. Part of it must be nesting, part of it is getting a head start on their Summer wardrobes before baby #3 comes along next month, and part of it is stash busting (I have a LOT of fabric on its way to me and need the room! I also have lots of one yard cuts that I need to use before the kids get too big).

These little shorts are one of my favourite recent pieces, I adore them, and so does my little boy.

The fabric is Echino (my mum loves Echino as much as I do and is always picking up bits and pieces for me, this one is no exception) and the pattern is the Oliver + S sketchbook shorts.

I have made this pattern once before, but am much happier with this attempt. This time I made a few alterations:
  • omitted the pleat to make them more casual
  • top-stitched the edge of the fake fly and added an extra row of top-stitching to the curve of the fly
  • top-stitched the rise from the bottom of the fly to the back waistband (again, to make then more casual)
  • added a bartack to the fly.
I also gave them a flat front this time, with the elastic only at the back and sides. I added a button to the top of the fly (after finding my mother-in-laws old button box - treasure!).

All in all, I love them, and when I next make these shorts will make the same alterations.

The finished shorts. I really like them with the flat fronted waistband and without the pleats.

Fly details, you can just see the extra top-stitching either side and bartack.

The back: rise top-stitched all the way along the seam.

My wee guy modelling them. These are a sz 2 for a very tall almost two-year old. They fit beautifully at the moment. We're not going to get more than a season's wear out of these :-(


  1. Lovely Claire.
    I do like them with out the pleat!

  2. These turned out great! I really like the print.

  3. I love these! They are great without the pleat. I love Echino and love this fabric. I stocked up on it, but maybe I should have bought some more. If T doesn't get much use out of them, there is a short little Harry that would get use out of them

  4. I do love these, Claire! Your alterations are great