Denim is a staple part of my wardrobe. Jeans would have to be the one article of clothing I just couldn't do without. And, much as I love all the fabulous prints that are around, denim is still my favourite fabric for kids' shorts and pants. It's hard wearing, doesn't show stains easily, but most of all, it looks so cute on kids.
As denim is a rather thick fabric, I wanted to top stitch all the seams for comfort. Easily done on all seams except the side seams. As there are pockets inserted in the side seams, I couldn't see how I could topstitch the seams without stitching up the pockets. My solution was to do a row of hand stitching. At the pockets, I just sewed through the top two layers of fabric and not the whole pocket.
Once my hand stitching was done, I decided the shorts could do with some more stitching. I didn't want another row of hand stitching around the hem. Then I remembered the machine embroidery I'd seen earlier this week on a cushion. From there, my mind jumped back to the Retro Flower Power Pillow I'd done some machine embroidery on. Problem solved... one row of machine embroidery to secure the hem. As these shorts are for a boy, I played with stitches to find one that wasn't too flowery. Thanks Fiona!
Can you see the stitching in the seam to secure the elastic? My stitching in the ditch is improving!!!
Once again, I've used the Mud Puddle Splashers pattern. Bonnie, from Fishsticks Designs, has created this pattern specifically for charity sewing, but she is happy for shorts to be made for our own kids, once we have sewn some for charity. Using Bonnie's pattern, I made five pairs of shorts for the July sew-along, with Kristy over at Hopeful Threads. These denim shorts are for a little member of my family.
It's not too late to join in with Kristy's sew along this month. There are some fabulous prizes!!! You can see all the shorts that have been sewn so far in the Flickr group.