Okay, so this is more like a park tour with my niece today… but I’m super excited to be the next stop on the Prefontaine World Tour today! It’s my first post after a nice little bloggy vacation last month, and this is an awesome way to jump back into it. Jill, over at Made With Moxie, has recently released a new sewing pattern, The Prefontaine Shorts, and they are AWESOME, with a capital A!
The Prefontaine Shorts are available as a digital sewing pattern, and fit kids from 18 months old to 8 years old. Quite honestly, I wish it came in women’s sizes too, because I would totally make a pair or two for myself. They are a quick sew, requiring a bit of sewing experience, but not as much as it seems like when you look at them. Jill’s instructions are great and the variety of fabrics that you can use with this pattern makes it completely versatile! I love the “stitch in the ditch” detailing that finishes off the binding on the pockets and the side panels… totally great!
I was going to make these for my boys for the tour, but when I was going through my fabric stash I came across this Michael Miller fabric that made me think of my 5 year old niece and I knew that I was going to use it to make a pair for her. I told her I was making some shorts for her, but she wanted to be surprised by what they looked like.
Funny story… I accidentally showed her a photo of the fabric on my phone and she got upset and yelled, “It’s supposed to be a surprise!!!” So I told her that I had showed her the wrong fabric… the real fabric had pictures of insects and was black. She completely ignored me, or so I thought. When the shorts were finished and my sister showed them to my niece she was utterly disappointed. She was expecting insects and she was not pleased to find flowers all over her shorts! But don’t worry, they grew on her and she has confessed to me that she loves them. This legging and skirt wearing, shorts-hating girl loves her flowery Prefontaine Shorts!
We went to the park to see how they worked out there in the Real World of an active, imaginative, five year old girl!
They were a hit! The sizing was just right, they were comfortable, light and airy, and they stayed up (Moms, you know how important that is!). Make sure you go by the measurements on the pattern sizing chart, because your child might not wear the size that you think they will. If you go by the waist measurement you should be very happy with the way they turn out. This is such an adorable, fun pattern!
Make sure to check out the other stops on the Prefontaine World Tour! It’s so inspiring to see what everyone else has done with the exact same pattern!
Monday, August 5 Petit a Petit & Sew Delicious
Tuesday, August 6 Buzzmills
Wednesday, August 7 The Southern Institute
Thursday, August 8 Sew Jereli & Max California
Friday, August 9 Sew Chibi & Living with Punks