Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sketchbook Remix for a Girl

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These shorts were supposed to be for MG but they looked like clown pants on her so Miss B-saurus scored a new pair of shorts.  Lucky duck!

My inspiration shorts were this pair from Janie & Jack.  The pattern I used is the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts with a few modifications.  Most notably, several small pleats instead of one and a zip fly with a functioning button closure.



I didn't change the length as I wanted a pair of bermuda shorts for the girls.  The fabric is also Oliver + S...Modern Workshop Roundabout Dots in Artisan Aqua. 

Adding a zipper isn't too difficult.  One of these days (not before school starts), I'll do a tutorial on the process.   Everything you need is there already with the exception of a fly shield.





The Sketchbook Shorts pattern wasn't even on my radar until recently.  Now, I'm wondering why I waited so long to buy it.  It's a great pattern to use as a base for all kinds of shorts or pants.  I wonder what I'll sew from it next....

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13 comments:

  1. You amaze me! Fabulous as always! Can't wait to see the tutorial. No pressure! Putting a zip fly in seems so hard.

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  2. Gorgeous fabric!!! Love all the little details and no elastic at the front looks so grown up...

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  3. Love my Sketchbook shorts pattern!
    Gorgeous Cindy!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I'm kicking myself for all those years I could have been sewing with the Sketchbook pattern.;)

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  4. I love the shorts - especially with the pin tucks.

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  5. They look just like your inspiration! (aside from the length, of course;) Very nice, never would have thought of this for a girl.

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    1. Next pair will maybe be shorter (and skinnier) for Miss M. Thanks, Brittney!

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  6. I made the ruffle shorts from your tutorial last week. I did most of it the way you described except I bound the seams with bias and I made my ruffle the same way the ruffle is made in the Sleep Over PJ's pattern. I don't have a rolled hem foot. Then, when I was finished, the ruffle stood out and flipped up so I had to top stitch 1/4 from the seam all around the ruffle. I think they are really cute. I would like to make shorts from weathered or washed out twill/denim fabric. Janie and Jack has a pair of ruffle shorts with pin tucks.

    I like the Sketchbook pattern, too. I have made the shorts shortened with a cuff out of violet linen for a girl and also, following the pattern exactly, out of green linen for a boy. Thanks for your tutorials. I will be interested to read how to add a zipper to the Sketchbook pattern.

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    1. Have you shared the shorts on the flickr group? I'd love to see them! Top stitching is a great way to keep the ruffle in place. Janie & Jack is one of those stores/websites that I like to search for ideas. They have a lot of cute shorts on their website.:)

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting, Jennifer!

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    2. I haven't shared many photos. I hate uploading pictures;I am too impatient. I have made a lot of O&S clothes. I keep thinking as I iron them that I should photograph them. I'll try to photograph the shorts today so that you can see them. I had to top stitch and edge stitch the ruffle. It is so bulky because it is double and I think the bias binding added bulk. I have thought about doing the ruffle shorts with the single layer ruffle cut on the bias and then just stitched across the edge like the ruffle halter, and allowed to fray neatly. I might do that next summer.

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    3. Uploading pictures, editing, and then blogging take way more time than sewing! There are times I seriously consider quitting but it's nice to have a place to document any mods I do so I can reference them if I want to do it again.


      That's a great idea to do the ruffle like the halter top instructions. I actually don't have a serger...my mom has 2 so I head over there when I want to sew something using a rolled hem.


      I would love to see what you've been sewing so if you do upload pictures, let me know!


      C

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  7. What an amazing remix! These are smashing! (I'm also a huge fan of the Sketchbook Shorts pattern, although I've never done anything this ambitious with them!)

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