Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shorts on the Line by true, pure, lovely

Today, I have Tara from true, pure, lovely as part of the shorts on the line sewalong. Tara is a new "friend" (and sister-in-Christ!), but I already think she is amazing! I was excited when I saw that she was assigned to my blog week! When poking around her blog, I was drooling (almost) at her dream sewing space, loving her dresses for her daughter, and noticed that she is holding a vintage giveaway, because apparently she is awesome at yard sale-ing-it! Today, she's made some really adorable fabric into some shorts that I'm already crazy over. I can't seem to get enough of bloomer-esque style shorts!
Hello, I'm Tara and my blog is called true, pure, lovely. I am mom to a sweet 4 year old girl and adorable 2 year old boy. My grandma taught me how to sew when I was young and I have been re-learning to sew over the past two years. On my blog I share about my love for my kids, yard-sales and great sewing inspiration.  I am so excited to be a part of this great series! It has been so much fun to follow and I have learned so much!
These shorts are made from the "Summer Place" shorts and top pattern from Maw-Bell Designs. The pattern I used included sizes 3-5, but their is also a larger version of the pattern available. For my skinny  4 year old daughter I made the size 4, because all of her measurements lined up best with that size. I probably could have gone with a a size smaller but hopefully the extra room will help her to get more use out of them.

The pattern is very simple and straightforward. A perfect quick sew for a "confident beginner". I really enjoyed opening the pattern to find everything printed on thick, sturdy, white paper. There are only 4 pattern pieces to trace out for these shorts and for these smaller sizes you need less that one yard of fabric, yay! My fabric is a large brown check that I bought on sale a few years ago. In my area the warm weather will be sticking around through October, so I thought this fabric would be nice now and into the fall.

The instructions include some illustrations, along with clear written instructions. My only difficulty with this pattern was that some of the details that are important to the construction of the shorts are shown in the diagrams but not written in the instructions. I had a little problem with the pockets because I read the instructions and did not notice in the diagram that they should be sewn on the right side before moving them to the wrong side. It was a silly mistake on my part and if I had used a little commonsense I probably wouldn't have needed the seam ripper!

I really enjoyed sewing these sweet little shorts. There are ways to customize the pattern by changing the cuff on the hem on adding a fun fabric for the pocket lining. My only change to from the original postern was to cut my cuffs on the bias so that the check pattern would run differently. While I did enjoy sewing these shorts, I'm not sure they are the most flattering on my little ones' petite frame. They have a very loose fit, and have a little bit of an oompah-loompah/ Bagger Vance vibe on her little body. I do like how comfy she seems in them and they will be perfect for playtime!
Thanks to Vanessa, Rachel and Carla for all of the handwork and organization you put into this great series.Thank you so much for let me be part of shorts on the line!

Thank you so much, Tara! I love these! And your little one is precious, btw! I hope you guys are as inspired right now as I am to do some shorts sewing!