My name is Marian. I blog at Lady Face and I have two children (3 and 2), a crazy dog, and a wonderful husband.
I made two pairs of shorts, one for each of my kids. One pair from a pattern, and one from a tutorial.
Here's the thing about sewing. I mostly do quilts. Flat things. Not clothes.
When I was invited by Rachael of Imaginegnats to participate in this sewalong I thought, I'd better do this or I never will try it on my own!! So I did it, and it wasn't too bad!
Rachael was so kind to send me a great shorts pattern from Oliver + S (Sketchbook shirt and shorts 6 months - 4 years) and I loved it!
The whole paper pattern thing scares me a bit. But I forged ahead! Got my supplies and followed the directions.
I had gone to JoAnn's and picked up a couple novelty print fabrics specifically for this project. Matthew (my 3 year old) liked this red boat print and I figured, if I did manage to mess it up, it wouldn't be a huge loss since it didn't cost much. I got one yard and had a good amount of fabric left over from the 4 year old pattern size.
-Easy to follow instructions with pictures
-Glossary of terms is handy when you haven't sewn clothes much but know your way around a sewing machine
-Not too many pieces
-Not too many steps, and once you start, you can see where it's going.
-Great to learn the basic construction process
-I thought it would be harder than it was!
-The instructions have you putting the elastic in at the front of the waistband. I did mine on the back. That way any mistakes or visable stitches are on the back and not in plain sight on the front.
I made the 4T size so Matthew can wear them for a while.
Abby wanted shorts too, so I followed Amy's tutorial here. Abby picked Ladybugs (also from JoAnn's). I traced a pair of shorts she has that fit her well and followed Amy's instructions.
-This was super fast and easy!
-Her explanation on how to draw this was good. I would add only one thing, to make sure both pieces you need are from the same drawing/sketch. Otherwise your lines won't match up when you go to sew the two pieces together and you'll have to trim one (guess who did that?!)
-These shorts are super fast and really easy.
-I will be making more of these!
Happy Sewing! Thank you Vanessa for having me!
Thanks so much, Marian! Those are so cute, especially, together! Love them!