Sorry, I don’t mean to disappear like that.
I wish I could blog every day, cause I have enough photos and projects stockpiled for it.
But I made a decision this summer that I was going to embrace the chaos, rather than fight it….or rather than feel guilty in my mind for neglecting my business, while constantly helping, feeding, and swimming with my kids.
It’s a silly thing to feel guilty about. I know! It sounds even sillier as I type it.
Of course we should all go boogie boarding over sitting at a computer.
So that’s what we did.
And now here we are. With some fun projects to share!
Rae’s Lemon Drop print was just asking to become a pair of KID Shorts. It’s so fun, and happy, and bright. And it’s corduroy! The cords are petite and so soft. I knew Lucy would love it. Especially since she’s entered a stage of loving shorts, over dresses + skirts.
Have your girls done that?
Maybe yours are in opposite order?
3 year-old Clara currently refuses to wear anything BUT a dress….while all of Lucy’s 9 year-old friends are only wearing shorts. So, shorts it is for our new Fourth Grader.
Good thing that KID Shorts Pattern continues to grow with my kids!
If you’ve never used piping before it’s super easy. You can even make your own!
Watch my snazzy video about it here.
And just like that, you’ve made pink lemonade!
I seriously LOVE these shorts.
Sewing never gets old that way. You look at a fabric and LOVE it. And then you turn the fabric into something and love it even more. Happens every time.
Even when it’s just simple stripes.
I also made this stripey tank top…which is a variation, on this variation of the Bateau Neck shirt I made a couple years ago.
And it’s got me thinking more about tank tops.
So I’ve started drafting my own version of a tank top, with a racer back option, possibly a dress? and other surprises. Cause it’s a good idea to start drafting a summer pattern, in the middle of summer. Doh! I’m always a season behind. Or maybe I’m just being realistic…since it’ll probably take me a year to finish the whole thing. That’s how things roll around here.
But back to shorts.
The thing I love about this Flat Front version is that it’s so easy to make, without having to create a perfectly fitted waistband. The back part of the waist is gathered with elastic. And even on an older child it looks great, especially since their shirt often hangs over the waistband anyway.
Of course who’s looking at waistbands when you’ve got lemons on your pockets?
And Lemondheads to go inside?
My favorite moment of the day was when 1950s candy became relevant again….
When did you grow up??
Thanks Rae for the darling fabric!
If you’d like more ideas, head over to Made by Rae for tons of Small World projects.
And if you’re looking for other shorts tutorials, check out all my tutorials here (click an image below):