I made 4 pairs of elastic-waist shorts this week. I might make her some zippered ones later but: 1) elastic is much easier and faster to sew, 2) Abs is a fan of convenience and comfort and 3) I can't find a decent zipper pants pattern in her size and probably won't until she gets to a size 6. The first two come from a book that I absolutely love called Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy. I have made several things for Abs and Stella from this book and am always pleased with the results. It has a few things for boys but I have only made the girly things for obvious reasons. Seriously, if you wanted to make some cute, simple clothes for young kids (up to size 5T) this is a great book.
Shorts #1 from the book is a prettiful (as Stella would say) vintage pink velvet from the generous ladies in Yuma. I made them a bit longer (the minimum requirement at school is finger length) because I think she can play more freely in them. The pockets are some scraps leftover from a quilt I made for my good friend Becky's little girl.
Shorts #2 from the book are made from a thick brown corduroy from my "a yard or less" stash. The pockets are scraps from a gumdrop pillow I made for Abs right after Stella was born and I put them on the sides just to make them look a bit different than the pink ones.
I used Burda 9491 for the next two pairs of shorts. The first pair is an adorable elephant print that I have used for a couple of different projects the past few years. I used 1/4" bias tape on the pockets just to break up the print a bit and I think it gives it a very clean look. You can't see in this picture but instead of elastic I used some bright blue spandex for the waistband.
The last pair of shorts is also the Burda pattern. It's a black stretch corduroy that I have actually used for a pair of shorts for Abs from the other pattern when she was a 3T. I picked up a bunch of it in the back room of M&L Fabrics in Anaheim several years ago and it is very hardy and comfortable (Stella now fits in the original shorts and wears them all the time). I added a ruffle to the pockets from the same beautiful vintage floral I used for the double layered tiered skirt in last week's project. I think it adds a lot to an otherwise pretty plain pair of shorts. The waistband in this pair is from an old pair of yoga pants.
I am glad to be finished with school clothes for a bit and I think it will be awhile before I tackle multiple items in a single project again.
Week 9: A simple knit skirt for myself