Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Chambray Shorts

Continuing with my current insatiable need to create (don’t worry I’m sure it will subside), I made 2 pairs of little shorts for Isabelle yesterday.

“Shorts” you say, “Do you realise it’s still Winter here in NZ?”

Of course – but isn’t it nice to dream and prepare for the warmer months? And besides I wanted to join in with the 'shorts on the line' sew along.


Left: Sailor shorts – a slight variation of the basic MADE pattern, Right: Puffed and Cuffed shortsTutorial from Cass Can Sew.

Would you believe that these shorts are made from a ginormous thrifted denim dress with shoulder pads (a remnant of the 80s or early 90s)? Yes, I know another clothing restyle! (I can’t believe I’m apologising for that!) I was planning on buying some chambray from Spotlight, but this was cheaper and allowed me to take some short cuts.


(Before – ugly but with potential)


For example, see that nifty looking line running down the legs of both pairs of shorts (most visible on the sailor shorts next to the buttons),this probably has a technical name I’m not sure (?) – anyway this was a feature on the dress so I just reused it. Also I was able to use the chest pockets as back pockets on the puffed and cuffed shorts.

I have the bottom of the dress still intact – any guesses of my plans for that?


(My little model was not very obliging and preferred to run about and play on her bike.)


I really love the vintage embroidery (from an old pillowcase) on the pockets of the puffed and cuffed shorts. Isn’t it sweet?


Joining in with…

Jen x


tartankiwi said...

Oh Jenny, these are gorgeous! Such a great use of the dress features and the vintage embroidery pockets are so so sweet- well done!

Sophie Slim said...

These are FABULOUS!!

I have an old chambray skirt that has been sitting in a pile foreverrr that i have been intending to cut up for my little girl. These are adorable. You may have just sparked some inspiration!!

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

I love them! They are so fantastic! I especially adore the vintage embroidery pocket on the puffed & cuffed shorts! Great job xxx

Cassandra said...

Oh my! Love, Love, Love them!!! Thanks so much for using and the link to my tutorial.
I have the biggest smile on my face right now :)
Those pockets are adorable!
I've definately got to share this post on my fb page :)
Thanks again x

Stella Rutherford said...

very cute shorts! Oooh, I might try sewing some shorts for my kiddos - surely summer isn't that far away?!

Kristin said...

these are gorgeous Jenny! I especially love the little Sailor ones. cute!

small + friendly said...

Wow! Terrific refashioning! I adore both pairs!

Anonymous said...

ooh I love vintage pillowcases!! You are very, very clever. :-)

Hootnz said...

I have just been catching up on your blog, and I just love all your recycling sewing.... these shorts are so sweet! and I love the manigans!