Last time I showed you a tunic blouse that I made for Mathilda. Today I’m going to show you another new item for Mathilda’s summer wardrobe. Something to wear with that tunic blouse. Some bermuda shorts:
Last year I made a whole lot of shorts for Mathilda because the only ones that I could find in stores were trendy-looking short-shorts that were miniatures of what the teenagers were wearing. They weren’t practical for the playground, and they certainly weren’t age-appropriate for my then-five-year-old. I had to modify a pattern to get the look that I wanted and I made quite a few pairs (you can read about them here).
A couple of months ago, Ottobre did a reprint of the Summer 3/2011 edition of their pattern magazine. It had been out of print for some time. I ordered a copy as soon as it became available. It has lots of good summer patterns, including these shorts, the Beach Boulevard Bermudas.
They are a good length with an elastic waist, piping trim and lots of pockets.
The Fabric and trims
I used some pink gingham that I have. I was worried that they might look a bit “twee”, but they turned out okay, they are girly, but still practical. The pattern of this fabric did camouflage some of the details of the design, like this front mock-fly, which is barely noticeable.
The front pockets are patched on. Very easy. There is piping trim at the opening edge. I used corded piping, all made by me, some were pieces I had left over from previous projects, but I had to make a little more to finish it all.
The leg hems are trimmed with piping too, it took a bit of extra effort to match up the piping though, as it was attached to the pants legs before the side seams were done, but as you see, I managed to get it all in a straight line.
The back of the pants also have patch pockets trimmed with piping. These pockets are curved, with the piping around the curve.
The tops of the pockets have elastic, I followed the recommendation for the length of elastic that was in the pattern, but it could have been a little bit shorter I think, just a little bit.
But they still look cute. Mathilda thought so too.
But wait a minute….
Do you see something wrong with this picture?
She put them on backwards! She couldn’t work out which way they were supposed to go, so I had to do a little addition to the back:
This is one of some tags that I made using iron-on transfer printer paper and plain cotton tape. They’re a bit rough, but they do the trick.
Now she can work out which way they go.
Thanks for reading.