Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mud Puddle Splashers...

Mud Puddle Spashers... sewn using a pattern by Fishsticks Designs ~ Threading My Way

Spring has arrived here in Australia and the weather is just beautiful. It's the best time of year and for me, it means more time spent out in my garden. The warmer weather also means a return to wearing shorts for most young boys. Little Mister has outgrown most of last year's shorts, so it's time to make some more.


Once again, I've used the Mud Puddle Splashers. They really do seem to be my go to pattern for making boys' shorts. Most importantly, Little Mister likes the fit and style!!! 

I've lost count of how many Mud Puddle Splashers I've made, but it must be close to twenty. Last month I made two pairs in denim and another in a thick fabric for Shorts on the Line. Little Mister is already wearing those, with his favourite being the denim pair with the blue stitching.

One time I even refashioned a pair of my old pants and made them into Mud Puddle Splashers.

Mud Puddle Spashers... sewn using a pattern by Fishsticks Designs ~ Threading My Way

Ooops!!! Can you see what I've done? Yes, those poor little monsters are upside down. In my rush to sew quickly and get out into the garden, I didn't pay attention to which way up the fabric was. Luckily it doesn't appear too obvious.


On being given a pair of shorts, the first thing Little Mister does is to see what fabric I've used for the in seam pockets. I can almost always find co-ordinating fabric in my scraps basket. Sometimes I choose fabric that an adult would say co-ordinates well. At other times I choose fabric that I think Little Mister will like. Instructions are included in the Mud Puddle Splashers pattern, but it's easy to make up and add your own inseam pocket to any shorts pattern.

Mud Puddle Spashers... sewn using a pattern by Fishsticks Designs ~ Threading My Way

When I have a print with images going in different directions, I'm never sure which way up to place the fabric. I debated whether to have the rockets or the robots up the correct way and the rockets won. I'm pleased with how I was able to make the print symmetrical. That doesn't always happen!


All three fabrics are designed by my daughter, Little Ladybird:

Spoonflower are continually adding to the types of fabric available for purchase. I like to use the Kona Cotton.

I have four more pairs of shorts planned, using different patterns and then I'm done. One of them is a Butterick pattern. I haven't had much luck size wise with the big 4 patterns, so we'll see what happens this time.

What's your go to shorts pattern for boys?

... Pam

Photos by Little Ladybird

12 comments:

  1. Looks like he's all set Pam! I'm lucky my Mr 4 hasn't grown too much as most of last years shorts still fit. So far I've mostly sewn Funky Misters and the Surfer shorts from the Flosstyle Star Shorts pattern. Planning to sew up some small fry skinny jeans shorts for KCW in October :)

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  2. Little Mister is very lucky to have his own personal dressmaker so handy Pam!

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  3. Que telas tan bonitas!! Y los pantalones súper prácticos!!!!

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  4. Your model looks quite dapper - lucky him - helping you out with modelling duties, then getting to take the shorts home to wear, LOL!

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  5. My favorite is the monsters... what a cute and fun print! since they are monsters, I thought they were intentionally hanging upside-down! Enjoy your spring :)

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  6. Your daughter did a wonderful job designing fun, boy friendly prints! The shorts look great, Pam.:)

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  7. Great fabric designs! Hope you enjoy the spring weather and being outside again. It's turning cooler here (thank goodness!); I love the autumn but not days like today (very wet and grey).

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  8. Master 4 does like to dress in style wearing the shorts you have made for him!

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  9. Aww sweet, great fabric :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. super cute!! I love those fabrics and those shorts look super comfy!! I need to check out that pattern. Thanks for linking up to Create link Inspire! Emily

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