A few months ago, Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings gave me some super adorable fabric. Ivy claimed it for herself upon seeing it, but there wasn’t much of it. I wasn’t sure what to make with it and it kept getting moved around the sewing room, waiting for inspiration to hit. Then Ivy decided she no longer hated shorts (she hated shorts for a while. You know, because she’s four and irrational). So shorts were made!
And they’re pretty darned cute. And happy, thanks to the very happy fabric. I think it may be Japanese? It’s a more heavy weight, but not as thick or stiff as canvas. It has friendly animals and other happiness all over it, with a fun vintage vibe. I used the Sailor Shorts pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, and now Ivy has a happy little pair of adorable shorts.
She was in a great mood when we went out to do the photo shoot. But all I was getting out of her were scowls.
Like, serious, intense scowling, man.
I finally asked her what was up and she told me she was “being cool and cool kids don’t smile”.
She was super “cool”, apparently.
Anyway, the shorts. The Sailor Shorts by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I have made this pattern before; twice before, actually. A pair for tiny Ivy, and then hacked them into pants for little Jonas. See the adorableness HERE. Did you go see them? Gah! Weren’t they the cutest!?! Jonas had just turned four, the same age Ivy is now. So I was able to use the same pattern pieces from then for Ivy now. I did piping instead of bias tape. It left the inside of the waistband top and sides unfinished, but I’m okay with that because the outside is super cute.
I didn’t have enough of the Happy Fabric to make the shorts completely, so I used some contrasting linen at the pockets and cuffs. The buttons are vintage from my stash. I feel like I put the lowest buttons too low. I may move them up. I may not. Who knows. They are a bit big on her, but hopefully that means she can wear them again next year.
Hey, look! We got the cool kid to kind of smile! Happy shorts for the win!