The Summer Shorts Sew-A-Thon {& upcycle-o-rama}

So, whewf, it’s summer at last! Well, I mean, winter’s finally over, and the temps are warming right on up. We made it! So hooray!

But–hello–Sis had maybe one pair of shorts that fit… So…

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I made several pairs of simple shorts (you can use my photo ruffle pants tutorial to make some too, just shorten the length).

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This pair’s hem I left just raw (just cut off with pinking sheers) and sewed on a long raw strip to the bottom of each leg to form an easy, shabby ruffle.

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Once washed, they just fray to absolute stinking perfection, y’all!

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So, I had the green and pink pair from way back here (used as a template for these), and added a green microcord and blue microcord pair. Cutting and sewing several pairs at once made this project go super fast!

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Then I pulled out this outgrown pillowcase dress from January 2013’s post about getting us all geared up for basketball season (yes, I am that mom)

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…and cut off the bottom to make another pair of shorts.

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Just sew the center seams, from the crotch to the bottom of the ruffle on each leg…

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Then insert a right-side-out leg into the inside-out-other leg (so that right sides are together), and sew around the “U.”

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Add waist elastic and you’re done. Shazam. [But again, full detailed tutorial for how to make a pair from scratch here!]

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Of course, the green pair (and khaki pair) I made did not last long without ruffles too. The green got a double layer of raw ruffles (like the blue x2). And just for fun, the khaki pair got a double layer of navy gingham just on the sides.

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That’s a lot of raw ruffle joy going on around here.  Now Sis is all ready to play outside to her heart’s content!

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…Wait, what?! Watching her brothers play Minecraft? Oi.

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[Insert sunshine and water] Ahhhh, much better! Wheeeee!


One response to “The Summer Shorts Sew-A-Thon {& upcycle-o-rama}

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