Saturday, February 18, 2012

animal and fruit shorts

Clem had a wee little pair of shorts in this fabric and he loved them to bits and called them 'my animal and fruit shorts'. More like bug and fungi shorts but, hey. Poor beloved shorts were too small by the end of last summer. But I found more of the fabric and it was even half price. It's a quilting cotton called Woodland Friends by Ellen Crimi-Trent.

It has taken me until late summer to get these sewn up. They were really very quick.



I used the same Japanese pattern from 'Pochee' as for his pyjama pants. It's just such a great cut, the leg is ever so slightly fitted and flared. There's a little bit of an orange print in the pockets and some striped bias on the pocket edges (because they weren't bright enough?).

When I was fitting the elastic and before I had hemmed them, I asked him to try them on. He wouldn't let me take them off to finish them for several hours.

Animal-and-fruit-shorts happiness.

- Jane x

PS that's his Spoonflower t-shirt and yes, it has faded quite a bit but it has been worn and washed so very many times, not to mention soaked in stain remover, that it's probably a wonder it's not just a yicky grey all over by now. Fresh grubbiness in photos above, oh joy. And, that is a soft red ball with rainbow streamers and it is totally awesome.

16 comments:

  1. I just love that fabric and the fit of those shorts couldn't be cuter!

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  2. Great shorts and adorable model! Cx

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  3. Those pants are so cute! I love how he wouldn't take them off for you to finish - just use a couple of pins next time!

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  4. They should fit for a while. As long as he grows upwards and not outwards!

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  5. I do love that slim cut! They are very hip. And yeah, Joe is ALWAYS grubby too. Always, always, always.

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  6. Love the shorts. I lust after Japanese patterns but am yet to own any because the instructions often seem to be written in Japanese. Was this the case with yours? Were you able to follow the directions ok, regardless? Or perhaps you can actually understand Japanese???

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  7. Thanks everyone. The shorts are in the wash today so back into rotation tomorrow!
    Emma, I have no idea how to read Japanese but the books have pretty good diagrams in clearly numbered steps. And the patterns are generally pretty simple anyway. I'm sure you would work it out no problems. The sizings for adult clothes tend to be fairly tiny and what looks elegant on a slender Japanese body doesn't always work on my, er, more rounded frame. I have used this shorts pattern five or six times for Clem though and I have seen some delightful things for young girls in particular.

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  8. So cute and that print is darling.

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  9. Lovely! It's always refreshing to see home-made boys clothes. There is a lot of girly stuff out there.. and not much for boys. I really love that fabric.

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  10. Love the shorts!! And love your stone wall in the background! I own a couple of Japanese pattern books, but have yet to pluck up the courage to make anything out of them!!

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  11. I love how much he LOVES everything that you make for him!

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  12. Thanks for the reply! Yes, I was only thinking about using a Japanese pattern for my kids, not me. I'm almost the complete opposite to a typical Japanese-sized body. Good to know they are manageable for English speakers though. There are some really cute ones around.

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  13. wow love this- thanks for using my fabric it came out soo cute!!!

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  14. wow this is sooo cute- thanks for using my fabric- I love it!!


    ellen

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    1. Ooh Ellen, how exciting that you found my post about this! (And sorry Blogger obviously gave you some grief trying to post.) I love, love love this fabric :)

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