Thursday, 2 July 2015

More sunny days

Another Kids Clothes Week has been and gone and once again I loved seeing what everyone else was making! I signed up this year but didn't get round to posting my projects on the KCW Community site this time round. This time I didn't get as much sewing done but I did get some essential shorts made - especially now that we're having a heatwave here in London! 

Both shorts are the Sunny Day shorts pattern from Oliver + S. This is a free pattern! As it's a kids pattern there arent' many pages to the PDF and the instructions are brilliant. I love this pattern! However I do find it runs a bit small and keep forgetting to use a smaller seam allowance than it reocmmends to compensate for this.  The first pair are exactly the same as the pair I made last year (I know, how boring. But I love them so!). The fabric was from Ray Stitch, an organic cotton, maybe a cotton/linen blend I'm not sure. The second pair are made from a lovely striped fabric, I think you'd call it a seersucker, which I won in a giveaway over at Anneke Caramin (if you don't already know Anneke's blog I recommend checking it out - she makes lots of gorgeous clothes as well as being a very talented artist). This is gorgeous fabric and aren't those pockets lovely?!


So those pockets, ahem, there's a story behind them. I managed to attach them twice, that's right twice, the wrong way round before third time lucky I got them right. By which point I'd completely forgotten I'd already trimmed the seam allowance so they are now quite a bit tighter than they should be. Given that this pattern seems to run a bit small anyway I don't think these will be fitting my son for much longer! The perils of drinking and sewing eh?! *Amendment - I totally forgot to say I used the Tutorial from Dana Made It for the pocket shape & instructions. I just drew a template like the one she uses then followed the instructions. Which are very good, if you've not been drinking.

oops, wine-induced sewing errors!
Blue shorts in action at the Hayward Gallery, London

Stripey sunny day shorts


12 comments:

  1. The shorts are sweet and practical. I've just been given some waxed cotton pieces of fabric which I was going to make into shorts for my three year old, so I'll be checking out this pattern. Love the pocket shape

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    1. defibitely check it out, so quick - if you're not drinking wine that is! I forgot to say about the pockets, it's a tutorial from Dana made it. I'll update this post with the link.

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  2. I forgot you won this fabric too (so did I!), and I kind of forgot I had it. I never thought to make something for her boys from it. Nice idea! Harris looks so cute in booth pairs. X

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    1. That's funny, I forgot you'd won some too! It's loveky fabric for summer clothes as its very breathable, though it does fray a lot!

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  3. That's a great pattern - and free too! Love both pairs x

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    1. Thank you! I know, I really need to try out some other Oliver + S patterns too, not just the free ones!

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  4. Hah you crack me up! I must admit I choose the sewing sessions I drink during after a few stuff ups. If its important I don't have a drink til the crucial parts are over, some nights that first wine can come pretty late!

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    1. haha that's a good way to do it. I'm sewing tonight but think I'll just forego the wine altogether as I haven't had a chance to sew in over 2 weeks and I want to enjoy it, and not mess it up!

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  5. The shorts are very cute and love the patterns which you used. It is really fabulous, thanks for share with us.

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  6. OMG I just adore both these pairs of shorts! I kind of want both of them in my size - is that a bit odd? Love the way those pockets turned out too, and on the positive side, smaller pockets means fewer little rocks can fit in there!

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    1. Haha no, not odd at all, I'd love those chambray/linen ones for myself too! He's not quite at the stage of putting things in his pockets yet but he has suddenly become very interested in them so it's not far off!

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