We are on a roll making shorts for the Princess. This pair turned out especially cute.
This is #126 from the March 2013 issue: Shorts with contour waistband and hip yoke pockets.
The fabric is this paint splash denim from Hancock.
We saw this back in December and the Princess loved it, but I didn't buy any because at $19.99 a yard, it was a little too expensive to buy with no plan in mind. Then I saw it again a couple of weeks ago and it was marked down 50%. I bought a yard thinking we could make a vest or shorts or something for the Princess. This pattern just fit the fabric!
These shorts are adorable. They are simple to construct (2 dot pattern) but you get a lot of impact with the front and back section seams and the pockets which wrap to the back. I also added double top stitching to all the seams in lime green thread. It's hard to see in the photos, but looks nice in person.
The denim was weighty, so I used lime green micro check for the waist facings. The zipper doesn't quite match- it was from stash.
I cut a 34 for the Princess and the only adjustment I made was adding an extra half inch to the waist at both sides. I think the finished shorts are the perfect length for her. I like them so much in fact, that I'm considering making a pair for myself. Or maybe the longer version:
I love all the pockets and section seams! I'll have to grade up 2 sizes, though, so we'll see.
My vacation is over and it's back to work tomorrow. I have another pair of shorts cut out for the Princess and a dress all muslined and ready to cut for myself. I hope I can keep the sewing momentum going once I get back into my work routine. So many projects, so many plans!