I've known today's guest since near the beginning of my blogging life. And I'm sure I'm not alone. Please welcome Dana of Made.
(Today's featured pattern after intro)
Dana started posting on my flickr boards. I think the first thing I saw her Sunshine shortie and I was instantly amazed by her photography but most importantly her CUTE kid clothes. And then I started to see many of her other tutorials linking up on other blogs and soon she was everywhere. Everyone had Made fever, especially me.
And who can blame us?
Not only is Dana talented, stylish and savvy but she's also one of the sweetest bloggers I've ever 'cyber' met;) I really wish I will have the opportunity to met up in person someday.
I love how Dana makes sewing and do-it-yourself pattern making so accessible for beginners too.
Says Dana, "I have always enjoyed the craft it wasn't until I had kids that I realized, I loved it. One day I'll spend more time sewing for myself. But these days I thrive on making clothes for my kids and refashioning new items from old clothes. It's not easy sewing with kids around but since it's a passion.....I find the time."
Dana, thank you for sharing your adorable pattern with us today! Please take it away.......
Hello Grosgrain friends. It's Dana from MADE. And like many of you, I've been following Kathleen's lovely site for years. So I'm honored to be a guest here today!
For the past two months, I've shared a slew of KID pants that are super easy to make and super comfy to wear.
My little guy's gonna wear a lot of these come June, July, August (September, October, and November? You know what it's like living in Texas....)
And they're gonna save on the clothing budget as well, since you only need about 1/2 yard of fabric!
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* Save and/or print the doc to your home printer
* Make sure you print in LANDSCAPE!
We'll be using the "flat front" portion of the pattern and using the Flat Front Pants tutorial to sew the shorts.
You'll need about 1/2 yard of fabric, 1-inch wide elastic, and your updated shorts pattern--which we're going to make below!
I like a Bermuda shorts length--as pictured above on my son--so I used the bottom of page 2 as the cut-off length. Then I traced the top of the old pattern onto new paper (tape a few pieces of white paper together) and drew the sides of the legs about 1/2 inch wider on each side. This keeps the shorts from tapering at the knee.
Do the same for the back pattern piece. Use the pants pattern to trace the top of the pattern piece,
Then lay the new shorts front piece on top of that to trace the wider legs (so the front and back have matching leg widths).
Then follow the Flat Front Pants tutorial to sew them up.
The only tricky thing with making shorts is that when ironing and turning things right-side out, it's easy to confuse the top of the shorts with the bottom of the shorts. I know that sounds dumb. But trust me, I've done it a dozen times...twisting and turning, trying to remember which side is the top. But with the flat front pattern, you'll always find the top of the shorts because one part is wider than the other (while the legs are the same width). This is how the top of the shorts should look:
When you're done sewing, you've got a cool, fresh pair of shorts. Perfect for hanging out all summer.
I look forward to another week of free patterns!
Thank you Dana for being a part of this month! I really couldn't have imagined it without you. You've been an inspiration for all of us in the blogosphere!
Stay tuned tomorrow for Shannon from Luv in the Mommyhood.