Sew Well Maide. I am primarily a quilter so when Rachael from imagine gnats asked me to participate in this great sew along I was both excited and terrified!! However, because I am a Woman (you know - 'hear me roar' and all that) I decided to 'have a go' (an Aussie expression!) and enjoy expanding my skill base. Since I own no shorts patterns of my own I turned to the generosity of those in blogland and found the wonderful Dana of made and I have used her Retro Racer Shorts tutorial to make these shorts for my son.
I referenced her Make Your Own Pattern tutorial to make the pattern for the larger size shorts.
and I referenced her Kids Pants with a Flat Front tutorial to have the elastic only in the back of the shorts and the front nice and flat.
However, the primary pattern style I chose was the round edged, bias binding encased leg of the Retro Racer Shorts. The pattern instructions were very easy to follow and well photographed. I purchased some lovely grey checked pre-made bias binding, although a tutorial for making your own bias tape is offered on the site.
side leg view
I can now say that I have now been well and truly bitten by the 'clothes making' bug. My 9yr old son has put in his order for shorts for summer (it is winter in Australia - only 8 deg C, 33 deg F here today) and now I am looking at all kinds of sewing patterns - maybe a skirt for myself next???
Dana for your know how, thank you Rachael for presenting me with an opportunity to expand my skill base and thank you Vanessa for openning your blog to guest posts for the fantastic Shorts on the Line Sew Along.
Thanks so much, Karen! I'm so glad to have a new friend come on over and share such fun boy shorts! I think you should do more clothes sewing, for sure! And I'll be coming to you for quilting advice, haha!