Here are my shorts for this month's sew along with Kristy, over at Hopeful Threads. These little shorts are going on a long journey; to the U.S.A. and then to Cambodia. You can find out more details about the sew along here.
These shorts are made using the Mud Puddle Splashers pattern. Bonnie, from Fishsticks Designs, has created this pattern specifically for charity sewing.
It was a delight to sew with this pattern. The instructions were detailed and very easy to follow. Best of all, putting the PDF pattern pieces together was easy.
I've added topstitching to the front seam as well as the back. Because I didn't have enough 1 inch elastic for all the shorts, I've added an extra row of stitching to the top hem on the shorts with 3/4inch elastic.
Rachel recently linked up a post, containing tips for sewing with twin needles, to our Sewing Tips and Techniques link party, so I thought I'd try out my twin needle for the first time. Hmmm... it's for stretch fabric. Not a problem; two rows of stitching did the same job, just a little slower.
Next trip to the fabric shop I'll purchase a twin needle for woven fabric.
The shorts come with instructions for pockets or can be sewn without. My original intention was to add pockets to all the shorts as they are SO easy to incorporate. One of the green pairs doesn't have pockets, as I sewed the pockets to the bottom of the legs... LOL!!! My fault, not the pattern's, as I obviously wasn't paying attention at that point. Easy as to fix, just cut off the pockets and sew up the seam without the pockets.
My shorts are ready to pack and send over to Kristy. In the meantime, I'll add a photo of my shorts to the Flickr group.
I'll also be adding a photo to the Shorts on the Line Flickr group.