Sunny Day copycat shorts

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On the right are some awesome chambray BabyGap shorts I’ve been drooling over for a month. On the left are my copycat version. Pretty good right? I wasn’t aiming for an exact copy, just something close using what I had on hand. I absolutely love how they turned out!

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The fabric I used was Robert Kaufman interweave chambray with cream linen for the front pocket linings. I love the weight of the chambray for this project; definitely more of a medium weight and very sturdy which is perfect for little boy shorts!

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I used the Oliver + S Sunny Day shorts pattern in size 18-24 months as the base. I then modified them by adding front pockets, belt loops, a faux fly, faux draw string, a cargo pocket on the back, flat felled seams, a button, and lots of topstitching. Whew, that’s a lot of modifications! But I think it came out amazing and looks very similar to the inspiration shorts.

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Cargo pocket and belt loop detail.

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Here’s a peak at the cream pocket lining plus the topstitching detail.

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I left the length slightly longer and I’m so glad I did. The length is perfect on him!

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Action shot!

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I’m kind of in love with the whole copycat idea now. I think some “jcrew” shorts for my girl will be coming up soon!

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11 thoughts on “Sunny Day copycat shorts

  1. These are so great! Love the modifications you made to make them more like your inspiration photo. And i”m a sucker for anything chambray, so love them even more:)

  2. These look amazing and so close to your inspiration! I think I even like your version better than the original with your more streamlined back pocket. And they look wonderful on your darling boy…he is just sooo adorable. I agree with both of you…chambray looks superb!

    • Thank you so much Audrey! Yeah the pocket on the inspiration shorts was a bit much for my taste too ;).
      I’m so loving chambray on little boys right now and I have several more projects I want to sew. Do you have anything in the works?

      • I do have a couple projects planned specifically for some chambray. I think we must definitely be on the same wavelength! I finally cut out some shorts for my boy and I’d like to make him another Sketchbook shirt with a band collar soon, both in chambray of course! There are so many things I’d love to make…I feel like my list is about as tall as I am!

      • I agree, we really are on the same wavelength! I can’t wait to see your next few projects. And I hear ya on the huge sewing list, mine is an absolute monster. I feel like I mark one thing off and add three things on. But I love it so much that I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  3. These are great, I was super impressed when I saw them on Liesl’s post! Those are some great great details! I am especially impressed with the drawstring – probably because I always find making drawstrings to be a pain and skip them even when they are included in a pattern! Ha! These look just fantastic.

    • Thank you so much! I felt like I was going a bit crazy with all the modifications but I just had to make some shorts like the babygap ones! They had a surprising amount of detail but I thought “what the heck” and just went for it! That’s funny about the drawstring. We all have little sewing things we hate don’t we? This one is faux since I felt like being a cheater cheater pumpkin eater.

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