Happy Memorial Day! If you’re in the U.S., today we celebrate those who gave their lives for our freedom. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it – what an amazing sacrifice.
Today Dandelions n’ Dungarees is releasing their Simply Sweats and Shorts pattern!
I had this Girl Charlee sweatshirt knit sitting in my stash so when I saw the tester call, I jumped on in! All my daughter’s shorts are too small and we all know how hard it is to find girls’ shorts with any length on them!
This is a pattern you definitely want to choose your size by measurements and not by ready-to-wear size. My daughter will be 4 in July but she measured in the 24 months size! I was nervous to cut such a small size but they fit perfectly! If you are new to knits, this would be a great introduction to them, as sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have too much stretch.
This pattern comes in Baby sizing, Child sizing & Tween sizing – or you can get all the sizes here. This week only single patterns are $5.00, 2 size pack bundles are $7.99 and all three sizes are $10.99. You can make them with a ribbing covered elastic waistband, optional faux drawstring or drawstring.
Each pattern set includes long sweats with a rib knit cuff, capri length or shorts. I love that they are unisex because my son lives in sweat shorts over the summer. I cannot wait to find some sweatshirt knit to make him a few pairs!
The sale is this week only so head on over to Dandelions n’ Dungarees to grab your copy at a great price!
Boy, has it been a busy week! Besides the Cargo Duffle Bag with Karen last weekend, I hardly got to touch my sewing. This past week was our last week of Kindergarten home school and next week is All-Sports Camp all the way on the other side of town, all five days. It will be a challenge to be up and in the car by 8am each morning so we can get there on time! (Don’t laugh!) I mean, one day a week we have a SUPER early morning, but the rest of the week, especially in the summer, is pretty chill so it may be a bit of a shock to our system. I’m sure he’ll have fun and hopefully he will find a sport he might want to try during its season this year.
One thing I DID finish were these Way Cool Shorts by Tie Dye Diva! (Affiliate) I started making my son shorts last year and posted here and here. This fabric is one he chose from F&M Fabrics (online as www.thefabricmarket.com) at that time and I managed to grab the rest of the bolt a few weeks back for this year!
These cargo shorts are quick to sew up since there are only the one set of pockets. And I LOVE the way the pockets are made! You sew the pleats down before attaching and then stitch all layers down at the bottom. That way, I’m hoping, they won’t turn into a big lump of wrinkled fabric on either side after washing and drying.
They are plenty long and plenty roomy, with a full elastic waist, guaranteed to last all summer, maybe longer! If you’re looking for a shorts pattern for your little one, I really recommend the Way Cool Shorts. The pattern comes in sizes 2 to 8 so you could make them year after year. Now if I can find some time to make (or buy!) him some shirts that fit. 🙂
Thanks for reading and be sure to stop by Friday for some BIG NEWS – can’t wait to tell you!
Happy Monday everyone! I’m picking up where I left off on the last post!
The second pattern I’ve been using to make shorts for my son is McCall’s 6548.
This pattern is for “Children” as opposed to “Toddlers” so the sizing was quite different. This is one we can continue to use for a few years. It is a great pattern, simple and quick, and I ended up making two pair. My son, being as impressionable as I am, wanted the green/blue/black color blocking as show in the pattern picture and those colors were easy enough to find.
As you can see, they are a little more roomy than the other style (see previous post for comparison), but still comfy for summer with some room to grow. I made a second pair in white/gray/black and took a larger seam allowance on the side seams and that helped quite a bit. So here goes with the Q&A:
- Pattern Description: Children’s/Boys’ Shirt, Top and Shorts
- Pattern Sizing: CCE (3, 4, 5, 6) or CHJ (7, 8, 10, 12, 14)
- Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
- Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I usually only scan them so I’m maybe not the best person to answer that question!
- What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Just the dependability of the brand, pieces all lined up, everything went together easily. It is a simple pattern but you can make it fun with different fabric choices. This did start to go down the road of the wide fit, but as I mentioned above, I changed things the second time around to combat that.
- Fabric Used: Cotton (black) and more mysterious “bottom weights” from the warehouse fabric store. Pretty sure the blue and green had more poly than cotton in the blend, but still a blend.
- Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I took an additional 1″ in on the side seam allowances on the 2nd pair I made to make them a little slimmer in fit. The first pair was too baggy/wide.
- Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! They were quick & easy & my son loves them. If they don’t fit next year, I could definitely see breaking this pattern out for a few more pairs next summer.
So that’s it! Was it helpful? Do you think you’ll use either of these patterns to make up some shorts for your family members? Thanks for reading!
As some of you may know, I’ve been having a shorts extravaganza in my new little sewing room. In fact, I made my son 5 pairs of shorts for this summer and the patterns I used were so fun & easy, I wanted to share them with you!
First up is Simplicity 2907. I fell in love with those kids on the front of the pattern a few years back. In fact I think I bought the pattern for the dress. I don’t know if it was the colors or the adorable curls they both had on their sweet little heads, but this is one I’ve had in my pattern collection for a while. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who buys patterns for the styling on the front!) At any rate, when I was looking to make shorts for my T-man, I really liked the stitching detail on the one pant leg and I could see them made up in many different fabrics. The first pair I made was with black cotton.
After a trip to the fabric store, the camouflaged pair was in high demand.
And then, because I’m so impressionable, I had to make them in khaki with the stitching detail (pic shown before washing, hence the marking lines still showing).
Believe it or not, these shorts go together QUICKLY! First time through was two hours from cutting to finish. I like shorts that have elastic all the way through
(instead of in the back only) because they seem to fit my son best. The only downside to this pattern is that they are for Toddlers. My son is hardly a toddler so the 2nd time through I used smaller seam allowances. Even though the first pair fit, I wanted to make sure he had room to grow throughout the whole summer. So this means that unless I can hone in on some pattern grading skills between now and next summer, I’ve exhausted the use of this pattern…and right.in.time!
So to follow the standard Pattern Review format, here are some questions and answers:
- Pattern Description: Toddler Separates, Toddler Pants, Shorts, Dress, Shirt or Vest.
- Pattern Sizing: 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4
- Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly!
- Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I tend to browse the instructions and go with the techniques I’m comfortable with, but I followed these (mostly) to a tee and they were very clear.
- What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? You mean, besides the picture on the front? 😉 Well, they were slimmer in fit than most kids patterns. For some reason, kids patterns seem to be made wide and short. These were slim and long, possibly due to the fact that they were toddler shorts made for my 5 year old son. I dislike that they don’t go bigger than size 4.
- Fabric Used: 100% cotton (black pair), khaki and camo “bottom weights” (purchased at a warehouse-like fabric store where I simply asked, “Where are your bottom weights?” – probably a cotton or mostly cotton blend)
- Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.
- Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes – it was a great pattern, quick and easy. If you’re relatively new to sewing with a few projects under your belt, the pockets will be a nice challenge.
So that’s it for that pattern. Stay tuned for part 2 of my shorts pattern review in the next day or so!