shorts on the line!

June 13th, 2013

shorts on the line sew-a-long

This shorts sew-a-long came right at the perfect time. My children were pretty much shortless before Carla asked me to be a part of this amazing event. Now I’ve got a few made and more cut out. Carla and Rachel have even lined up some awesome prizes from Jo-AnnPretty Prudent/Pellon®, and Hawthorne Threads this year and all you have to do is sew some (much needed) shorts!

elsie marley's shorts on the line

Here are my shorts I made for my daughter, and on the line to boot! The pattern I used comes from the Japanese book, Happy Homemade vol. 5

happy homemade vol. 5

The actual pattern for both pairs of shorts is the same, only one is longer and one is shorter with added cuffs.

happy homemade vol 5, shorts

They are both of the super skinny variety. The pattern is nicely tailored with a simple elastic waist, two rounded pockets in the front, and two typical jean pockets in the back.

fruit stripe short shorts

I call these her Fruit Stripe shorts. If I was a more organized mom, I would have put a pack of fruit stripe gum in the tiny pocket!

fruit stripe short shorts

The fabric is by HGTV I think? It is an outdoor fabric I got at Joann’s and I knew it would become fruit stripe shorts the moment I saw it.

fruit stripe short shorts

What I didn’t think about was matching all those fruit stripes: four patch pockets and separate cuffs. After much sweat and swearing, they [almost] match! Woo Hoo!

railroad stripe shorts

The second pair is made from a striped fabric too (I never learn). I scored a yard of this railroad striped denim at the thrift store. I’m usually not a fan of the jean short, but I think these work.

railroad stripe shorts

I made these shorts for my daughter last year (paired them with wellies then too!). They got a lot of wear and no wonder–they are comfortable and durable. She is a rough and tumble gal and needs shorts that can keep up.

railroad stripe shorts

Those are my shorts on the line! Check out all these amazing sewers to see more:

6/11 – Delia Creates and Buzzmills
6/17 – girl inspired and Casa Crafty
6/18 – Frances Suzanne and Caila Made
6/19 – Made by Rae and Craftstorming
6/20 – Noodlehead and emmyloubeedoo


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20 Responses to shorts on the line!

  1. any fruit stripes lining up that closely is considered perfect in my book :) they both look great!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Eek! Those fruit stripe shorts are a-mazing! I kind of want a pair in my size!!

  3. Lucinda says:

    love these! It’s amazing how the same pattern can look so different sewn up in different fabric, styling, etc. They are both so great, and nice job with the matching stripes! Love the little pockets:)

  4. Carla says:

    I love the fruit stripe shorts so much! They rule! And the length and style of the second pair is something I would love to wear, but then again I’m a bit of a rough and tumble gal myself! Great job, as usual! Thanks so much for joining in! P.S. – I am so glad I’m not the only one who sweats and swears while sewing!

  5. Jenni Bailey says:

    I love these! I have got to get on sewing more clothes for my girls. We live in Florida so when they go back to school in August it is 85 degrees out everyday but EVERY store in the area still stocks corduroy pants and sweater vests so I am always coming up short at back-to-school-clothes time. This year, in the interest of my own sanity, I think I’m going to be throwing some shorts together myself!

  6. I made this pattern a few weeks ago, repourposing old jeans into two different pairs but i found it a bit narrow. My 4 year old skinny girl say she had problems putting them on. I wonder then if you use knit fabric, but I see you don’t, where is my fail then? Don’t you have this problem?

    I made them in knits and there was no problem with them. Maybe my girls are too delicate ;)

  7. sanae says:

    Love ’em! I have that book and I’ve made those same shorts. Such a great pattern and I love how you added your super cool touch!

  8. van says:

    OMG LOOOOVE the rainbow shorts! So cute.

  9. k a t y says:

    Nicely played, Meg. Love ’em both.

  10. Karin says:

    Love them both. Pockets are key. Question: are they both a flat front with elastic in the back (hard to tell in the pics)?

  11. Caila says:

    Those fruit stripe shorts look like something my daughter would love! Yay for SOTL!

  12. kristin says:

    Ugh I wish my little gal would wear shorts! These are fantastic.

  13. Laura says:

    The fruit stripe ones are amazing – totally worth the stripe matching effort. I love the other stripe fabric too!

  14. Mae says:

    These are great! I was surprised that they were the same pattern too, shows you can get some awesomely different looks by making small changes to a pattern. <3


  15. Cindy says:

    Both pairs of shorts look fantastic! I adore the fruit stripe pair…perfect for summer!

  16. Jewel says:

    Love the fruit stripe shorts! I used to love that gum as a kid- do they still sell it? I haven’t seen it in years…now that I am reminded of it I should keep my eye out for it. Nothing like a nostalgic taste to take you back to being a kid again!

  17. photosarah says:

    Love the fruit stripe shorts! Every time I see stripes like that on anything I think of that gum and their zebra mascot. Both pairs look great.

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