Just like that, spring arrived! DIY shorts for mom & daughter

Just like that, we ended up with a day in the mid 70s on Easter and it was glorious! It has us in the mood for shorts. My 7yo DD has grown, since I bought shorts for her last (when she was, well, four or five – skinny kid so they continued to work!) But this summer, we need some new shorts. She has a sewing machine, a lot of cute cotton prints in her stash, and I think shorts are the perfect project. They’re almost as easy as a skirt, and can be jazzed up with rickrack, buttons and all manner of things she can hand-sew on (like buttons, sequins and fabric flowers, for instance.)

Best, I can make a simple pair of elastic-waist shorts in about 20 minutes, which is less than driving to a store and back, let alone picking some out and trying them on her. So, we make shorts this week!

I’m looking at drafting my own girl’s shorts pattern using Garment Designer software for the Mac. There are several tutes I got off Pinterest that I’ll give a look at. For myself, I’m using Christine Jonson Patterns 1010 pants for woven, and making a 5″ inseam pant, basically. Back zip, flat front, simple short. I might also make the BurdaStyle roll cuff shorts from last summer, a bit of a looser fit than the Christine Jonson ones.

I’m all over print shorts again this summer, I think they jazz up plain tees and look awesome with a tee and a blazer over it. It’s going to be another awesome season of bicycling and I will have superior looking legs from the effort!

I’ll post tutes and patterns here soon!

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