Even though it's still Winter here in Australia, some days have been unseasonably warm. Spring is fast approaching, so time to make some new shorts.
Once again, I've sewn Mud Puddle Splashers, a PDF pattern by Fishsticks Designs. I already had the pattern taped together, so it was just a matter of tracing a larger size.
I used denim for two pairs, this time. Denim is sturdy enough to take the rough and tumble a little boy can dish out, it's good for in-between weather and I like the look.
Small details such as topstitching really add to the finish and on denim it's fun to use a contrasting colour. With the first pair, I used a pale blue and on the second pair, I chose red.
I know one of the legs looks shorter on the shorts in the photo above, but it's not. I thought a third photo shoot with Little Mister was stretching it, so no outdoor action shots.
This is the first time I've added the back pocket option - super easy to do and they dress up the overall look of the shorts. Using a twin needle, I experimented with the design of the stitching on the pockets. I just eye balled it and made up the pattern as I went along. No two pockets are the same!
The third pair of shorts is made with a fabric that's perhaps a tad thicker than denim. I have no idea what it is, but am assuming it's a thick cotton. I found it very cheaply some time ago at the Fabric Cave, now called the Fabric, Needlecraft and More Store, run by Achieve Australia, to support the employment of people with a disability.
Little Mister loves to put his hands in his pockets, so of course I've included the in seam pocket option.
I chose three different embroidery stitches for the hems - #114, #35 and #62 on my Bernina. I really like the way they finish off the shorts.
The Mud Puddle Splashers are one of my favourite boys' shorts patterns (no, I'm not being sponsored). The pattern is easy to tape together, the instructions are clear, detailed and easy to follow, and most importantly, they are a good fit.
|This year, Imagine Gnats is hosting Shorts on the Line over at Kollabora. I do have a Kollabora account, but I have to admit, I've only logged in once. When I add my shorts I really should have a look around, as I've heard from a couple of people that it's good.|
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I'll also be adding these shorts to the Shorts, Pants & Leggings ongoing link party here at Threading My Way.