Several weeks ago I purchased a bunch of beachy quarters, not knowing how I'd use them (as most fabric buying goes). The fabric is from the Jack and Lulu It's a Shore Thing collection. Soon after, I also purchased this Sailor Shorts pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop after falling in love with the pictures. The shorts look so different than most out in stores! It took me a long time after purchasing the pattern and cutting it out to get started. It was a little more complicated and I couldn't find the perfect nautical fabric. Then I remembered the quarters and decided to make it work!
I'm in love with the color combinations I was able to put together. I used 3 different quarters for this pair. These shorts still took me a lot longer than I expected because I had to re-read the directions a lot and seam rip some areas.
I made size 3T for my 2/3T wearing girls and the fit was pretty good. I had to shorten the amount of elastic recommended for the back by a little over an inch though. I left the extra elastic inside the band in case I want to adjust these next year, though these girls just keep growing up at this point instead of out.
I used 4 different quarters for this pair of shorts because I wanted this color combination. One thing I learned making these shorts - I didn't use wide enough bias tape. I looked all over the pattern instructions several times and couldn't find a recommended bias tape size, but I probably missed it. I used some I had on hand and it turned out okay. The curved areas were nearly impossible to sew with the thin tape. Also, I'm a little bothered I couldn't match fabric patterns at the seams because of the small amounts I had available. Both problems are an easy fix next time.
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