It's impossible to find appropriate shorts at the stores. They are either too tight, too short, too everything. What ever happened to just plain old shorts?
I had this Simplicity 5695 pattern in Girl M's pattern stash forever. Would it be considered a vintage pattern since it's from 1982? Wow I was in the 2nd grade!
The Simplicity 5695 was an easy short pattern. Only two pieces. I used a cut of blue cotton/poly/spandex knit I had 2.5 yards of. I planned on making a cardigan/jacket with it. The shorts only took 8" of fabric!
I don't think I've ever sewn a garment that only took 8"!
|$1.50 shorts ($.88 fabric + trim)|
|Simplicity 5695 Shorts|
Girl M couldn't figure out which way to put the shorts on. Unfortunately they are backwards in this picture!
I did sew in a piece of ribbon into the back casing so she would know how they went.
|Shorts on backward|
This version was made with a scrap piece of ponte knit. I only had 1/2" elastic so I trimmed the waistband height, serged the edge, folded over the waistband and top stitched.
|Simplicity 5695 Black Shorts|
|Not a great picture, she wouldn't stand still!|
My next project will be making her a muslin for school shorts. A twill or denim style with a zipper and button closure, 12" length, waistband with belt loops and pockets. The things we do for our kids! I think the Butterick 6061 pattern fits the bill perfect.