Did that title make you wonder what’s up? These are the cutest shorts I’ve ever seen. And they’re not for me, they’re for my almost-3-year old grand-niece 🙂 I came across the pattern one night at Elegance and Elephants, and just had to get it.
I made the size 4 in a mid-weight cotton jersey knit from Fabric Mart. The pattern suggests wovens, but the knit worked fine. And I like the idea of knit shorts for little ones, so comfy.
Just a few little changes:
I used 3/4″ elastic in the waistband instead of 1″. Seems more reasonable for such a small garment and body.
The pattern suggests cutting the waist elastic so that it finishes 1.5″ shorter than the child’s actual waist measurement.
I checked with mom: J.’s waist is 19.5″, but her rtw size 4 shorts have a waist of 20.5″. hmmm. A lightbulb – I found a great resource on the web, childrens size chart. It has everything – all sizes, all kinds of garments, for boys and girls. And it confirmed that the waist on a size 4 is 20.5″. I compromised at 20″.
Since I had so much fun with the shorts, I went looking for a little skirt pattern. And look what I found! This adorable ruffled skirt is free as an online tutorial from Tanya Whelan at Grand Revival Design.
It’s made with four bands of fabric of varying lengths and widths, and is super-easy to cut out and sew. What a nice tutorial – good illustrations and instructions.