New Pattern: KID Shorts are here!

by Dana on June 27, 2013



YAY!
The pattern I’ve been working on for months is finally here!

And I’ve sewn it so many times that my kids are totally outfitted for the summer.
Now your kids can be too!


KID Shorts PDF Pattern – $8
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This is the ultimate shorts pattern for kids of all ages.
In one pattern you get 11 sizes, multiple looks, endless options, and room for your own twists and turns.  We’ll start with the basics.  Then we’ll mix it up!










and whatever else you can think of!

It really is a choose-your-adventure kind of thing.
And you can cater the pattern to fit your needs.
Pick your style, pick the length, use the included sizing chart to find your waist-size, then sew them on up as outlined in our detailed tutorials.

If you’ve followed our KID pants series, you’re gonna love our Shorts.

Pull up a chair and check out the details….

I’ve set up this pattern a little differently than my others.
By purchasing the pattern, you receive printable pattern pieces in 11 different sizes—ages 12 months to 10 years old—along with instructions for printing, piecing together, fabric types and amounts, and other applicable pattern set-up.

THEN when you’re ready to sew….hop onto MADE for a slew of free tutorials, outlining the details and tips for each Shorts style. I’ll be adding a new tutorial every day this week and more throughout the month!  This way I can bring you endless options with easy access.

Click a tutorial button below to get started:

http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/03/sripes-checks-and-piping-oh-my.html http://www.danamadeit.com/2014/08/kid-shorts-with-knit-fabrics.html

and more….

PATTERN and PRINTING DETAILS
 • This is a 52-page PDF document, which means you download it after payment to your computer. The pattern is not physically mailed to you.  After purchase you are sent a link for downloading the pattern to your computer (this is sent to the email address attached with your paypal account).  Please note that the link will expire after a few days!  So when you open the download pattern link, make sure you save the pdf file to your computer so you always have it for future use.
• The file size is 1.6 MB
• You do not need to print every page.  A chart is included, showing which pages to print for each size.
• Pages print to standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (for printing outside of the US see below)
• Pages are pieced together by trimming along the border, matching them at the markings, and taping together.  I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible with detailed instructions in the pattern itself.

SIZING
• The pattern comes in 11 sizes: ages 12 months to 10 years old
• There are separate pattern pieces for the Front and Back of the shorts to ensure a more perfect fit. The back piece is roomy to fit over a kid’s bum and the front sits comfortably below the belly button for a flattering look.
• The smallest sizes (12m, 18m, 2Y) have additional room in the back bum to fit over a disposable diaper.  Sizes 3Y-10Y are meant for potty-trained children.
• Sizes are based on the average size of a child for each age category.  But don’t feel tethered to the age.  The best way to find the proper size is to go with your child’s waist measurement (or the area where you would like the shorts to hang on their body). This chart is included in the pattern to help determine sizing.  Finished waistband measurement should match your child’s waistband measurement (roughly)

• Each pattern size is color-coded (but pages can also print in Black and White).
• Each pattern piece prints with 2 sizes together (except for the smallest baby sizes).   This makes it easier to read the pattern lines.
Sizes that print together:
12 months, 18 months, 2 years old
3Y, 4Y
5Y, 6Y
7Y, 8Y
9Y, 10Y

• Each size includes 2 suggested lengths, for boys and girls, PLUS curved markings for Racer shorts.

SKILL LEVEL
The pattern is great for all sewers!  A beginner will learn how to sew Basic Shorts and then mix it up with different looks.  Intermediate and advanced sewers will love the options and freedom to add their own style.

FABRIC and SUPPLIES
• 1/2 to 1 1/4 yards of fabric, depending on size (fabric chart included in the pattern)
• 1/2 yard or less of 1-inch wide elastic
• 2-3 yards of Bias Tape (for Racer shorts)
* You do NOT need a serger for this project *

Printing in another Country (outside of the US)
The pattern was created for standard US printers but should work for other countries as well. There are measuring rulers on the side of each page (in inches) so you can see if you’ve printed to the proper print size. The pattern images do NOT print to edge of the paper…so I recommend printing to your standard size paper, checking the ruler, and matching the pattern pieces up as outlined in the instructions.

And….that’s it!
Ready to sew shorts??
Bring on the Summer!

KID Shorts Pattern – $8
Add to Cart

• Instant payment is through Paypal
• E-check payment through paypal will delay your pattern download a few days.
• MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS ATTACHED TO YOUR PAYPAL
ACCOUNT. This email address is where the info about your purchase and
download instructions will be sent.
• You will receive a few emails confirming your payment and providing info about downloading the pdf pattern to your computer.

Happy Sewing!

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{ 124 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carla June 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

I can’t wait to start sewing!

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2 Mikea June 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yay!!! Ive been checking for 2 hours! I cant wait to print it! Not taking the baby to swim today so i can review and get to sewing. Thanks Dana!

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3 Delia June 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

AHHH so cute! You are the master of presentation. Love all the fun, bright, colorful pictures!

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4 Isabella June 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

Wow, the photos look great!!! Congratulations.

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5 lauradodson June 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’m with the Jazz-Hand-Boy…>jazz hands!< Excited! Buying NOW! Thanks.

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6 lauradodson June 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

also…these will not just be shorts for my 3 younguns, but I sew for Welcome Home Ministries in Uganda {our 3 hooligans’ first family}. They boys there will LOVE them. Racer stripe shorts will be a HIT.

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7 Lisa June 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am so excited! This is the perfect solution to my children’s short(age)! ;-)

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8 British American June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

Yey! It’s my birthday tomorrow – hopefully I will get some birthday money and then buy myself the present of this pattern. :D I was going to try to modify a pattern than I already have, but this will be quicker and easier – which is good!

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9 Selena June 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I have made several pairs of pants for my little man, who is 3, from your pant tutorials. I even made some shorts for him by adjusting the pant pattern. I just purchased this pattern, I am so looking forward to having all the different sizes! I already have some ideas for my daughter, who is 6! Thank you so much! Because of you, I have enjoyed making clothes for my children!

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10 Kristin June 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Love the pattern!! Your hard work has paid off with a wonderful pattern that will suit the needs of all moms with young kids – boys, girls, and multiple ages all in one! Have you tried it with knit fabric? My daughter has finally started to step away from all the skirts and dresses she used to wear and is wearing shorts this summer, but she prefers knit shorts. If this pattern will work with knit I’m set!

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11 Sandi June 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I need a new pattern like a hole in the head, but I just bought this one! I really like what you’ve done with a simple pair of shorts and I’ve heard only good things about your patterns. :)

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12 Melanie June 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Yay! This is so exciting! I love the vast flexibility this pattern offers, it is perfect for… everything!

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13 ira lee June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

this is so exciting!!! as soon as i get a new sewing machine i’d love to make some!!!

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14 Chelsea June 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Clear my table and lets get to making some shorts!

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15 Ginger June 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thank you!! I can’t wait to start sewing!

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16 Melinda June 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thanks! I needed a Zoe project! Shorts!

PS your kids are perfect models! Baby girl is growing waaay too fast!

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17 anna June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

love it love it!!! I think the way you put the pattern together is a fabulous thing. :)

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18 Sarah K June 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thank you! I’ve made your pants and shorts, but sizing is always such an ordeal… I’m excited to have sizes that’ll fit my three year old and my six year old without the work of drafting my own pattern. Both kids saw the pictures and agreed that they want SHORTS! Good thing summer is just about to start here in Seattle. ;)

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19 Rhonda S. June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Love the versatility of this pattern but…how do the “Years” pattern relate to retail sizing, like the 10 year old, is it like a size 10/12?

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20 Dana June 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Size 10 is for a 10-11 year old. The older sizes (like 7, 8, 9, 10) are a little different than retail sizes because retailers usually lump many of those ages together.
The best way to figure out your size (and this is explained in the pattern) is to go by waistsize and then find the proper size on the sizing chart included in the pattern.

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21 Anneliese June 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Love the shorts! This post just screams “summer!” Love the format too with the downloadable patter + blog tutorials–endless possibilities! -A

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22 amanda June 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

It looks like this pattern is made to actually fit a little kid bum, rather than being the same in the front as the back, yes? That’s my beef with the few patterns I’ve used-because they’re the same in the back as the front, the back didn’t really cover my boy’s tush if he bends over or crouches. He’s 3 so he’s always moving like that.

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23 Dana June 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

yes yes yes!
I agree. I HATE patterns that use the same pattern for the front and back for those very reasons you mentioned.
This pattern has plenty of room in the back for kid bum. And extra room for baby bum/disposable diaper on sizes 12m, 18m, and 2Y.
And the Front pattern piece is designed to hang below their belly so the shorts are comfy to wear :)

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24 Marilyne June 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Bonjour Dana,
I have been dying to have your new paterns, I even left my job earlier to be able to go home and print!!
Thnak you so much for sharing you passion with us and make it possible even for the begginers.
I send them straight to my french friends so they can come and buy them!!!
The only issue I have left is the mesuring …do you know where I can find translation of every thing in cm (meter?)
Thanks again and I will send the pics from Paris.
Marilyne

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25 Dana June 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Merci beacoup!
That makes me happy to hear :)
You can easily find conversion charts online. Try this out:
http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/inches-to-centimeters.htm

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26 Marilyne June 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Tks soooooo much i had some fabric so i could start i just finished the first ones.!!!!♥thanks

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27 Jennifer O. June 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I’m so excited about this pattern, and especially that it goes up to a size 10. Less excited about the pro-Terry McAuliffe political ads on your sidebar. It’s bad enough I have to see the TV ads already for a VA election in DC! I suppose you can’t control those though.

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28 embee June 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I’m pretty sure that the ads are tailored to the page viewer based upon location or other sites you’ve visited ;) So unfortunately for you it seems that those political ads are following you based upon your location! stinkers!!

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29 Juanita in OH June 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations! I know this must have taken a great deal of work. Your children are gorgeous, TFS.

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30 minkymoo June 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Lucy’s legs go on forever!
We just need some of your weather downloading to London…
Well done you are an inspiration!

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31 Loren June 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Looks great! Are they only for wovens, or for knits too?

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32 Melissa June 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hey there! Love this pattern and fun options! Your kiddos are quite trim….will this pattern be spacious enough for slightly fuller kids or a 3 y.o. in cloth diapers? Is there a way to see the measurements table prior to purchase or check out some of your testers’ samples? Thanks so much!

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33 Dana June 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Sorry about that! I’ve just added the size chart to the pattern listing.
My kids are on the skinnier side (mostly my older daughter) so I typically sew down a size for her.
However, the sizes in the pattern are based on the average size of a child for each age and are similar to sizing you find in retails stores like Target, Old Navy, GAP, etc (as far as age/fit). The 12m, 18m, and 2 year old sizes are meant to fit over a disposable diaper. For additional fit over cloth diapers, you could try using 3/4 inch wide or even 1/2 inch wide elastic in the waistband (rather than 1 inch wide elastic) to leave extra room in the bum. The size 3 is meant for a potty trained child. But you could probably go up to a size 4 and use the size 3 elastic (if that makes sense).
Hope this answers your question!

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34 theaxx June 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm

these are super cute!!! can’t wait till my little one grows up a bit so i can make some!!! especially love the blue dotty ones ;)

thea.
(spoonfulzine)

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35 Megan June 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I am so excited about this pattern!!! Thank you so much for creating a new pattern, perfect for summer :-)

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36 terri June 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Goodness, your Lucy’s legs make me think of my Simon, all baby deer legs! And little Clara isn’t quite so little anymore….in her own element. Looking forward to sewing your patterns…and thank you for making the boy shorts longer (it’s the only way my two like their shorts!) Happy summer.

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37 Lenia June 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

I just bought this pattern and I can’t wait to get a couple of shorts on my sewing machine!! When I first started sewing, two years ago, I kept coming back to your blog for instructions and tips. You helped me quite a lot! Then I stopped sewing for a few months (lost my mojo, I guess) and the will to sew didn’t return until I saw this pattern! So now I’m back in biz… And thank you for the inspiration, Mrs. Willard!

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38 Dee June 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

Do you think this pattern would fit a skinny 11 yr old? Her waist is right about 24″, but she’s about 4’10″. Thanks.

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39 Lynette June 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

I’ve been making shorts nearly everyday this week for my 14 month old. I may have to snag your pattern since we’re in the bottom size now and we could use it for YEARS! Thanks for the tutorials, I’m excited to try the flat front ones soon.

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40 Annie Rhodes June 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I only recently discovered your website and I love it! I just finished a couple of the super easy skirts! These shorts look great but I have a bigger kid who I sew for because she’s a tough fit for on-the-rack clothes. Do you ever do sizes up to misses or misses petites or, even better, misses petites plus? My girl is an 11 year old but she is slightly bigger than kids 18 so we’re in misses 8 or 10, but she needs petite because she’s not as tall as those sizes call for and she needs a bit more room in the waist cause she’s chubby in the belly… Anyway, would love to see other sizes if you make them. Meanwhile my little two get the advantage of all the sewing I am doing. Thanks!

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41 Dana June 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for stopping by Annie!
Sorry I only offer these current kids sizes. Hopefully you can use them for your other kids!

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42 Heidi June 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I noticed in the tutorial that you don’t finish the seams inside of the shorts. Do they not need to be finished? I am a fairly novice sewer so I really don’t know if this is something I need to worry myself with or if it’s a step that can typically be skipped. I just see other people doing it in their tutorials but never an explanation of why or when it would be necessary.
Anyone have some insite that they’d be willing to share with me? Thanks!! :)

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43 Dana June 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

You don’t need to finish off the seams unless you’d like to. Yes, depending on the type of fabric you’re using, the seam edges will fray over time and with washing. Woven fabrics will always fray (knit fabrics will not), but depending on how tight the weave is, some fabrics will fray more than others.

Options you have for finishing the seams are:
• Serge them with a serger machine (overlock machine). You can use a serger to sew them instead of using a standard sewing machine. OR, you can sew with your sewing machine first (to make sure there are no mistakes, or spots you need to fix with a seam ripper) and then serge off the seam edges (this is what I prefer actually. It leaves more room for error)
• Zigzag over the seam edge or use any type of overlock stitch your machine might come with
• Trim the edges of your seams with pinking shears (those zigzag scissors).

Typically I finish off my seams with a serger. But while creating this pattern, I purposely did not use a serger, nor did I finish off my seams on about 15 pairs of shorts that I sewed for my kids. I did this so I could create them just as the average beginner sewer would be making them. And honestly, as the kids have worn them and as I’ve washed them, the seams are totally great….very little fraying. I may stop using my serger! :) The waistband and the hems on each leg are finished off nicely (with the way that we’ve ironed under twice) which I think really helps hold everything together well.

Hopefully that answers your question!

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44 Heidi June 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question, Dana!! Your information is fabulous, as always! I’m looking forward to making lots of shorts and skirts for my little almost fully potty trained 2 year old. She has such a small waist (closer to a 12 month old size), but is still tall and needs the length of a typical 2 year old. It’s so nice to be able to, even with mediocre skill, create clothing customized to her needs.
I can’t thank you enough for all of the wonderful information you share here. It has given me the knowledge and confidence to actually make things for my kiddo!!

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45 Dana June 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

awesome! That’s so great to hear :)
Have fun sewing!

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46 Sandi June 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hi Dana :) I’m looking for the instructions for the racer shorts. I was planning to sew them today and the only thing I’m not sure of is how to handle the side seams. I’m assuming that I would sew the front and inseams and then trim the hem/side edges with bias, then over lap the side seams and top stitch. Is that about right? Thanks!

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47 Dana June 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’ll be posting about those in the morning. But in the mean time, you can reference this post:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/06/retro-racer-shorts-tutorial.html
and this “part 2″ tutorial:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/06/getting-ready-for-the-4th-striped-shorts-with-tutorial-part-2.html

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48 Sharon July 1, 2013 at 1:12 am

Dana, you kill me! I love this pattern! it reminds me of the pants pattern which i’ve made so many times already! have you thought of making a book of patterns? i would totally buy it! anyway, can’t wait for the racers!! i want to make myself a pair!

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49 Sharon July 1, 2013 at 1:15 am

btw, where do you get your fabric for your kids clothes? i recognize some of them…

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50 joyce vazquez-knox July 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I LOVE your daughters red and pink headband. Is there a pattern for that headband?

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51 Ani King July 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

Just started 4 pairs of these last night – really intuitive pattern, so far coming together really well and I greatly appreciate that there are sizes for bigger kids!

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52 Cristi July 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

A homerun Dana!!! Even thought I own shorts patterns already, I am still going to get yours!! I love the fit and options.

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53 Beth Mitchell July 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

What a great pattern – fantastic that you have included all those sizes, I could sew them for my 1 year old, 4 year old, and 6 year old, and still have sizes for when they are bigger!

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54 Maya Marie July 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Hi Dana! I’m so excited to try this pattern out. I already purchased it, but my problem is that I have no idea which fabrics to buy/ use! I’m not that experienced, (I’m only 13) so it would he SO helpful if you could suggest some fabric types.

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55 Marsha Gibbons July 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Hi, I made the 18 month pattern and is seems small. We’ll see once the baby is on board! I would like to put in the pockets and the pattern does not seem to have directions printed. I may be missing something!!

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56 Jean July 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Quick question, I have a 10 year old that is very tall and I generally buy a size larger shorts with the elastic adjustable waist option. Do you have any suggestions for how I could use your pattern since it stops at size ten? I am a beginner FYI so please be gentle hahaha! ( I do have a MIL and mom who sew though so help is available)
Thank you so much!!

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57 Dana July 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Hi Jean,
You could try to extend the pattern lines a bit….by drawing them out about a 1/2 inch on the side seams and extending the length on the hemlines. I would use a pair of shorts your son currently has as your sizing gauge. Turn them inside out and lay them over the pattern piece so you can see how far (and where) you should extend things. It wouldn’t be hard to do! And would be a fun way to push your skills.

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58 Cati Lopez July 9, 2013 at 4:09 am

I am over the moon with your patterns!!!! I’ve always wanted to sew something but never thought I was able to sew anything.
I am not a beginner- I am useless and these shorts have been my first piece I have sewn. I am soooo glad I’ve tried. My four year old one has worn them all the time, she really loves them and I love the fact that I can sew something!
Really easy follow instructions even for me who didn’t kow what a hemline is etc. I have a very basic sewing machine with no serger or anything the like (not that I would know how to use them anyway :( ( but I used my zig-zag scissors and they pretty good! – If I have been able to do it- anybody can!
My mother can’t believe the result…..I can’t either- but the basic is a “good pattern” and “good explanations”….and that’s what you have provided.
Thanks ever so much.
Cati – Spain

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59 Dana July 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

wonderful! Thanks for sharing Cati!
Isn’t that the best feeling when you realize that you made something?? and that it looks great and fits??
So exciting!

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60 Mary Ann Young Robinson July 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

How nice for you to share all that great info and patterns! Really cute pockets!

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61 Lisa Polinsky July 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

:( paid for this and did not receive my download! Can u please email? Hope to hear a response

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62 Melissa July 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

Hey Dana!! Im stoked to make my boys some shorts. You are amazing!! I’ve been following your blog since I started sewing, and its one of the only ones I still make time to read now. ;) I purchased the pattern last week, and in the notes asked that it be emailed to twochickscreations@ymail.com, but i think it still went to my hubby’s old email since it is connected with the paypal account. Any chance you could pretty please resend it to the other email for me? I was hoping to get some shorts whipped out this week! Thanks so much, and sorry for the inconvenience! Keep being awesome! :) Mel

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63 Jess July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

Sooo dang cute! I love making shorts for my four kiddos!

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64 Lori July 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Just bought this pattern and sewed up my first pair tonight. LOVE! Thank you for such a fun versatile pattern. I have been reading your blog for a few years and just wanted to say thank you. You inspire me to create!

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65 NiCaam July 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

I LOVE THIS PATTERN!!! Super ez for a newbie like me. I’ve already made 3 pairs, two for my daughter, and one for my son with a drawstring/elastic waistband number. I love that he looks like he’s wearing J Crew shorts with his pinstriped seersuckers. Thank you! I just have one question, my son has a thick waist (*cough* a little chubby) He’s a size 10 now, but I wonder if I have to add a little later do I add on the crotch and hip edge, or only on the hip edge? I just bought a new pattern from another site hoping to get a larger size, but in that pattern both sides are the same, and the construction is different, seemingly more complicated than yours. I should have saved my money on that purchase and just asked you from the get-go…

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66 Katie Mortlock July 21, 2013 at 2:57 am

I’ve made two pairs of shorts from this pattern and it was really simple to follow. The shorts look fabulous and fit really nicely.

I’ve just started blogging and I want to do a little story on making your shorts. Is it OK to publish a link to your pattern with one picture on my blog?

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67 Karen July 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

Hi Dana,
Your patterns are amazing! I’ve made a few pairs if pants for my 3year old from your pants pattern. Can you tell me if this pattern would work for knit fabric? I’m keen to make some pj shorts in knit fabric for my kids. Thanks heaps.

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68 Dana July 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I actually haven’t tried it with knits yet…but I’m assuming that it will!
At least, that’s what I plan to do with it :)
So go for it!

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69 Lauren @ T&G July 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

Hi Dana! Love this pattern and have already made the basic and the racer for my 9 month old son!

The racer shorts turned out better for me because the side seams take up less seam allowance, I guess? The basic short is small, and what really confused me is that on the basic, the elastic is basically the same size as the fabric on the waist so there is very little gathering. I am so not complaining or anything – I am just trying to figure out if I have sewn it wrong, or if I should just size him up? Any inklings about whats going on or what I may have done wrong? Thanks so much! I am going to have to control myself from making a new pair every day!

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70 Dana July 24, 2013 at 1:24 am

Hmmm. that is a bit odd. When I’ve sewn the basic shorts, there’s always less elastic than fabric. The gathering around the waistband is not severe, which I prefer because it almost makes the shorts look more flat front, without even having a flat front. Are you using a 3/8 inch seam allowance?

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71 Lauren @ T&G July 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The seam allowance is correct. I think the pattern just doesn’t quite accommodate my son’s womanish hips :). The waist and leg openings are fine, they just kind of get stuck at the top of his thighs. I will just size up for him next time! Thanks!

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72 Celeste October 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I’ve found the pattern on the slim fit size too. My kids are pretty average sizes but in this pattern I’ve had to go up a size because there isn’t much give around the hips or thighs.

Love the pattern though and all the variations and tutorials.

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73 Lisa P. July 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I don’t think I have ever been so impressed with a pattern IN MY LIFE! Wow. You really put a lot of work into this, and the cost is a steal! I have to look and see if I have a Paypal account set up because I think I need these shorts!

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74 wildmary July 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

OK, it’s been 1 month I have been waiting so I couldn’t wait anymore, I just bought it, even if I known I won’t be able to sew it before at least 2 weeks… Just like Lisa, I think I’ve never been so impressed, I was so excited since you publish it !
Now I’m even more, I’ll pass the next week reading instructions and thinking on fabrics I’ll use to make shorts for my little boy :)
Thank you so much !

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75 Dahlya July 29, 2013 at 4:09 am

I LOVE your tutorials! they always looks so nice especially them crafted pictures.. i appreciate your effort dana!

Come by to my blog sometime, yes?

http://www.nuruldahlya.com/2013/07/post-mortem-prestasi-separuh-masa.html

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76 Jackie August 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I have just cut out the patterns and can’t wait to get started on some shorts for my two grandsons . Thank you for all your hard work :)

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77 Kim R August 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

If I missed this I’m sorry, but are we allowed to sell items made from your lovely pattern in our Etsy shops? Love the pattern by the way!

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78 L Zapien August 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I just bought your pattern, I’ve been trying to find an excuse to buy for a while, since I don’t have any kids, and today, after reading Delia’s review I finally got one! I’ll send this shorts to my husband’s nephew in Canada, who’s turning 1 year old this month. I can’t wait to start!

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79 Joanna G August 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I have made a few of the variations and absolutely love this pattern! Thanks.

I especially like the flat front with front pockets… I made the 3y size for my 2y7m old niece (she is very tall) and they look great on her (even with a pull-up on, despite the 3y plus patterns not being designed for potty-trained).

I also had a go at making a few variations, including back patch pockets and side panels, which I have included on my blog (of course, giving your fabulous tutorials and website lots of mentions and links!).

Thank you for such a great, versatile pattern, at such a reasonable price!

Jo

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80 Theophanie August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Just bought this pattern – I can’t wait for the back pockets and any other variations!

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81 Courtney August 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I would love this!

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82 Loren K August 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

I just got this and let me tell you, this pattern is GREAT. Im a newbie and this pattern is really really clear and easy to follow. My kids are gonna love it!

Thank You so much!!

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83 Ashley August 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I’m just going to tell you that your great.

I’ve been teaching myself to sew and I bought this pattern and have sewn 3 pairs of shorts already for my twin nephews and my friends little boy as well. I had never made anything with a pattern before but this was really easy.

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84 Dana August 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

awesome! That makes me so happy to hear :)
Have fun sewing Ashley!

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85 Abbey August 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

http://sewcharleston.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/baby-shorts-for-andrews-first-birthday/

I love this pattern! So easy to sew and so many options!

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86 Rike August 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

This pattern is great! My three boys love their new racer shorts. I found a great dark blue fabric with sharks and surfers printed on. :) They want more racer shorts – I think next spring I will sew them a whole collection.
Greatings from Germany
Rike

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87 Lauren September 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi, Dana!
Any plans to add a tutorial on lengthening the shorts to pants? I’m starting on Fall and Winter items and thinking I should be able to adapt this pattern for long pants. These look so much more comfortable than a lot of the other pants patterns I’ve looked at!
Thanks!

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88 Ruth September 30, 2013 at 3:10 am

Anyone outside the US bought the pattern? I love the look of it but I bought a downloadable US pattern a few months ago (not from you Dana) and when I printed it on our standard A4 paper I ran into trouble. Would like to hear some positive experiences before buying. These shorts look like the perfect item for my girls, I am tired of the ridiculously short ones in the stores these days.

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89 lisa @ cucicucicoo October 5, 2013 at 6:42 am

Hi Ruth,
I’m in Italy and had no problems printing on A4 paper. :) Lisa

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90 Sophie October 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Ruth I have. I’m in Australia and printed it out on A4. It’s fine.

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91 Ruth October 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I printed it out on A4 but when I measure the grid it isn’t an inch by an inch. It is 11/12ths of an inch square. What do you suggest? Would making the size bigger work or would I need to go 2 sizes bigger. I guess I could try enlarging the pattern on the copier or adding all those extra 1/12ths. On the size 5 for example I would need to make the pattern 8/12th of an inch wider. Argh! I am not a great sewer and inches do my head in :-(

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92 Lis November 12, 2013 at 6:27 am

Is it a PDF? (I’m reading through deciding to buy) There’s an option under printing PDFs which is something like Size Options: Actual Size. (Or under old Acrobat, uncheck “fit to page”).

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93 cucicucicoo October 5, 2013 at 6:48 am

I know I’m a little late in the season, but I just *LOVE* this pattern and have been recommending it right and left! I used this pattern four times, twice adapting it to make pants (one of which I added those button straps to roll up the legs), and only used upcycled fabrics. Twice I used sheet scraps, once a button-down shirt and once a thrifted t-shirt. In this last case I reused the hems of the shirt so I didn’t have to hem the shorts. I wrote three blog posts about how I used the pattern (do you believe me now that I really do love it?!), which are here, here and here. Thanks again, Dana! :) Lisa

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94 Sophie October 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Has anyone else had trouble matching up the lines on the back pattern piece for 12-18 months? I’ve made size 5 no probs but cannot get the pieces to match on the smaller size.

I’ve emailed Dana but its the weekend and I’m dying to make some for my wee boy.

As an aside the pattern is brilliant!

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95 Sophie October 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm

My fault. Printed at the wrong size.

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96 Marika October 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

Hi, I am just wondering if there are any instructions on the back pockets coming anytime soon?
Love the pattern, and would really love to add back pockets….

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97 Reine November 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hi Dana
November may seem like a weird time to be posting a comment on a shorts tutorial page, but after making several shorts over the summer, I’m now experimenting with making a winter version for my daughters.
I’ve added a lining to make them thicker and warmer and am trying out the front pockets too. Hope to be able to send the pics when – successfully – finished…
Also, I wanted to know if maybe I’ve overlooked the back pockets tutorial? Or did other projects get in the way ;-) I would like to try them out as well.
A big thanks already for your fun pdf and online help!
Reine

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98 Reine November 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

Winter shorts done! Yay!

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99 Peppi Cooley December 2, 2013 at 3:56 am

Hi Dana, Just downloaded the shorts pattern. This is the first pattern I’ve ever bought so pretty excited about giving it a go!

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100 Peppi Cooley December 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Wow just finished! Thanks for the great instructions! First pair of shorts I’ve ever made – can’t wait to do more! I’m going to put them on my blog later today.

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101 Liz December 26, 2013 at 12:15 am

ThaNks for putting out this fantastic pattern, Dana! I’ve now made 11 pairs of shorts for 5 of my nieces and nephews and they all love them and they each look so different! I’ve blogged about my shorts here: sewnbyelizabeth.blogspot.com.au
The shorts and a really quick but satisfying make that look great. Thanks again!

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102 Nicola January 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

thanks for this lovely tutorial and pattern! I made my first pair for my son turning 1 and love them. http://createnic.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/first-birthday-racer-shorts/
Can’t wait to make more!

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103 lil February 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

I love these shorts! I like to know if you can use these short patterns to make trousers as well for the various sizes you have.

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104 Dana February 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

You can definitely turn these into pants….just lengthen the legs. Use a pair of pants your child already has to gauge the length. The shorts come in sizes 12 months to 10 years.

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105 Kimber in AZ February 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

These are so cute. And thank God, my picky skirt-wearer agrees too. I can’t wait to whip out a few pair for my girls. Thanks!

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106 Jo G March 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Just finished my first KID shorts of the season. See them here…

http://ribbonsandbibbons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/here-comes-sun-dada-da-da.html?m=1

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107 Emily March 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hello!
I just bought the pattern and I am thrilled to try it out. I have a pair in the works for my daughter, but having a hard time finding a fabric I love for my son’s pair. What type of fabric did you use for the orange pair? It looks really thick! And the plain orange and white? It looks perfect. Where did you find them? I just scoured Joanne’s and a bunch of Etsy sites with nothing calling my name!

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108 Liz March 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Dear Dana

I really really want to buy this pattern but can’t access my paypal account. Please is there another way I could buy this pattern?

Many thanks
Liz

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109 Mary Catharine White April 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Just wondering if these run small as my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter only has a 22 inch waist but would need a size 7 in these shorts! That just doesn’t seem right to me unless they run small! My granddaughter is just a little peanut!

Thanks!

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110 Kim April 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I am wanting to buy this pattern (I will when I am done commenting) but I am curious if you have instructions on matching the pattern of the fabric at the seams? Like when you have the gingham shorts and the boxes match up at the front? I want to know how to do that part. :)

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111 Dana April 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

You just need to cut the pattern pieces on the same line of the fabric to make the pieces match…..meaning, line up the bottom edge of FRONT and the BACK pieces on the same gingham line of the fabric, or striped line of the fabric, etc.
Sorry, I’ve meant to do a tutorial for that forever and just have never gotten to it.

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112 doray April 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hi Dana! I was wondering if these can be made in knit? I am sure someone has already asked, but there are so many comments…Thanks!

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113 Sarah Keith April 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Hi Dana, Do you have any suggestions for making these shorts lined or reversible? I’m thinking I’ll just make two pairs and connect them at the waist and hem. I love this pattern!

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114 Rachel April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Hello!
I’m very excited to try out these patterns.

I am from Brighton, in Britain. And I’ve been searching the pattern world for simple kids shorts.

Thanks for this. I’m looking forward to making these for my boys.

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115 Karen May 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Just a note to say those kids of yours are cute as buttons!!!!!!!

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116 Esme May 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

I’ve just made a couple of pairs of these and I LOVE your pattern – it’s so easy, even for a learner sewer like me! I found the pattern ran a little smaller than average, but your measurement chart was spot on so I just made the larger sizes (age 7-8 for my 4 year old, and age 6 for my 2 year old!) and had great success! I’d love to learn how to do side pockets rather than patch ones, if there’s a chance of a tutorial on that? Here are some pics of the strawberry shorts I made our littlest girl: http://esmeintheattic.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/strawberry-shorts/
Thank you so much for a great fun pattern!

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117 Hayley June 3, 2014 at 7:50 am

Well Dana, you made my day again. It’s our kids first day of Summer Break. I woke this morning hoping to find a good basic shorts pattern that had the ability to be “jazzed up” on occasion. As I was making my coffee, in the back of my mind I thought, “I’m pretty sure I remember seeing one on MADE awhile back.” I brought my coffee out to the sunroom, and began my search with danamadeit. I didn’t have to look any further. This pattern is exactly what I was looking for! Yippee! It’s a bonus that it’ll fit both my 2 year old AND 10 year old! Since our 10 year old is only a size 8, we’ve still got a few good summer’s worth of sewing to do from this one. Thanks for the time and effort you take to make such perfectly simple and beautiful items (and their patterns) :) available to your readers.

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118 Jen D June 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi Dana,

Do you think I could add a contrasting ruffle on the hem of these shorts? Any pointers as to how to do that?

Thanks!!
Jen

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119 Dana June 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

Sure! That would be really fun! I would just sew the ruffle to the hem with right sides together and then top stitch the ruffle so it lays flat.

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120 Dana June 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi!

I love this pattern and the online tutorials. I can’t wait for the First Day Dress!

I have made 4 pairs of shorts in sizes 2 and 3y in both flat front and regular (girls regular hem length). The crotch seam regularly does NOT line up correctly. Meaning there is more fabric on the each end near the leg holes. Looking at the crotch part of the 2y front and back patterns, they aren’t the same length, but they are for the 3y. What am I doing wrong? No one else seems to be having this problem. I can send you a picture if it helps.

Thanks for your help.

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121 Dana June 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

I’m sorry you’re having trouble with that. The rise, or crotch area, of the front and back are different sizes so that you have more room in the back for a bum. But that difference shows up with the back seam and shouldn’t be an issue lining up the crotch and side seams.
If you’re still having an issue I would trim off the excess. Sorry, I’ve never heard of that issue before…but I’m sorry you’re frustrated!

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122 Sarah August 6, 2014 at 8:20 am

OMGosh! I just found this blog site/tutorial! I have been searching for a cute pair of shorts for my son but this has options for my daughters, too! (I especially love Jen D.’s idea above of adding a ruffle.) I purchased and downloaded the pattern and can’t wait to to make a pair of seersucker shorts for my son today. Thanks!

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123 Betsy H September 3, 2014 at 12:12 am

Is a Kid-Pants all-sizes pattern going to be available? :-P I am a lazy sewer, and don’t want to try and make my own pattern (I’ve tried and failed a few times… and now there is a second child)

I’d love to find a pattern that worked, and just stick with it, lol!! Tempted to just measure her inseam and then just extend the shorts out that far… I might anyway… but that still is more effort than buying a pants pattern set :-P

I’ll also take advice on where a good pants pattern for 5T could be found! ;-P

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124 Anna Darby September 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

I paid for this pattern and downloaded it but its not opening properly, is there something else I need to do?

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