Our Instagram feeds are very personal, and my Rag Roll Rabbit account follows mostly companies that I find inspirational, beautiful and encouraging. I have to admit, that even while not having children, I follow a number of children’s clothing companies, mostly for product inspiration.
My inspiration came from seeing this picture on my Instagram feed. Shout out to Little Maggie Moo who posted this. How adorable are those shorts!! My thoughts were simply, “Why do kiddies get to wear all the cool clothes?!” So I raided my fabric cupboard to find something that I could turn into a similar product, for me.
Now this design is nothing special, in fact it;s made even more naff, by the poorly thought of glitter glue, but the idea is represented, and from this I can create pattern pieces and a final product, so fine art isn’t really necessary here.
As you can see from my pattern miniature, to create the elasticated waist, I took out the waist darts. Dropped the height of the seat so they sat lower on my body and cut off the trousers to create shorts. No one wants to get sticky in the summer, so I took out the shorts a little to give more movement, perfect for slipping on over a slightly damp swimsuit. And of course, no true casual and comfortable outfit is complete, without pockets, so I created simple in-seam pocket patterns.
Like in the picture I wanted to have different leg colours and seeing as I didn’t have black and white stripped fabric to use I improvised and came up with a more interesting design.
I had about 1/2 metre left of some light weight denim fabric from a previous make, so using this I bought some spray glow in the dark paint!!
It didn’t give even coverage, but for this design I wasn’t too bothered.
I used tape to evenly mark off the strips I wanted on the fabric and sprayed all over. It took about 4 hours to dry, but you don’t need to heat set the paint once it’s on.
Next I cut out the panels.
As you can see there is one panel in each fabric, a light stripped right leg and a dark left leg. Each leg had corresponding pockets cut.
The pocket pieces are then sewn on to the front and back panels, before the side seams are sewn together. (The trick is to think about sewing each leg individually first).
Once your side seams are sewn together, you place one leg inside the other, right sides together and sew the centre seam, which is curved to fit the shape of your body. Because these shorts weren’t being lined at all, I decided to overlock the raw seams, this gives a more professional finish, but there are other ways to finish raw edges that don’t use an overlocker. And in some cases, they look more high quality if done well.
Next is inserting the elastic waist band, I do this in one of two ways usually. Creating a hole through which the elastic is threaded. Or sewing the fabric down over the elastic as you pull it around. Both have pros and cons, either works on a product like this.
The all that is left to do is turn up the hems.
I spent a while moving and changing the hem to make sure I got it as even as possible, but it’s harder to do on yourself.
Here are the finished shorts!
I’m really pleased with the way these have turned out. Trouser and shorts are not something I make often, mostly because they aren’t the easiest of sewing projects, so I’m pleased with almost every aspect of these summer shorts.
I would love to have made shorts that look the spitting image of those in the Instagram picture above, but alas I am not a baby, and probably wouldn’t wear them out much even if I did own them.
What are you making on your next #MakeDay project?