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.
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.
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?