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Monday, July 16, 2012

Piping and Rick Rack



This summer I've been noting how long and lanky Grace had been getting. Extremely so. So much so, that I finally realized her shorts were actually way too small, not that she'd grown quite so much.


Miss Particular wanted khaki elastic waist shorts that looked like they zipped up. I slightly altered an Ottobre pattern to give her something close to her favorite too-small shorts. I thought it was fun to add the piping, and the back pockets are cute (huge, but cute) with the elastic gathering the top hem.


I don't think she was keen on all the neat details, though, since she didn't start wearing them until I sneakily retired her old shorts.


And since I try to make everything in multiples, a denim pair was in order, this time with rainbow colored rick rack.


I added a button to make the faux fly look a little less faux.


These are great shorts. The pattern has these as bermuda length with additional trims at the hems, but I like the shortened length here.

And, yay, I was able to use up some less than half yard lengths of otherwise useless bottomweights.

Sources:
Beach Boulevard Bermudas: Ottobre 3-2011-29.
Denim and khaki leftover from previous projects.

21 comments:

  1. Kids clothes are great remnant busters! Love the ric-rac detail.

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    1. They are great remnant busters. They're great for using rick rack, too, seeing as the trim doesn't get onto my clothing very often.

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  2. What cute shorts and suddenly long legs. Lucky girl! I love the giant ric-rac. I shall post you some 1/2 m remnants, seeing as they are taking over my stash and I seem to have failed to internalise that I have no suitable sized offspring for such small garments (only joking, truly) ;)

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    1. I know in very short order, all of mine will have outgrown the 1/2 yard size. What then? I can hardly imagine using denim as pocket lining.

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  3. These are two great pairs of shorts. They do grow up fast.

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    1. Yes, they do grow fast. I wonder if these shorts will be usable for more than 2 months. Luckily little sister will inherit them.

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  4. Gorgeous shorts superbly modeled as ever...oh to be able to wear clothes that take up such small amounts of fabric..just to be able to wear shorts would be nice!!

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    1. Thanks! I think my rick rack shorts days are over...

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  5. Those are great! I am ricrac crazy this summer, too!

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  6. Those half-yard remnants are so hard to get rid of. Good job! I love the denim and rainbow-ric rac. Adorable!

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    1. I recently put all my larger remnants (1/2 or 1/4 yard) into one spot, so I can try to use them each time I make a garment. Actually, I got these two fabrics from that pile.

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  7. Cute! It's funny how even little kids are particular about their clothes.

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    1. It is funny. Comfort seems to be a huge factor for my kids, plus random aesthetic qualities - like having a button at the waistband even though there's no zipper.

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  8. Well a girl just knows what she likes :O) even if she is a cute tiny little girl :O). I like the ric rac on them :O)

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    1. Little people certainly do have their own opinions. Just like adults, hehe.

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  9. Cute shorts. The ric rac and the piping really make the shorts.

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  10. I love her 'particular' requests! Ric rac is one of my favorite notions. Too bad it's so hard to put it on adult clothing. Very cute shorts!

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  11. The shorts look great and the ric rac trim is a cute touch!

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