Ruffled picnic shorts


I’ve been ogling over these Jcrew kids shorts for for some time now, not to mention seeing several very cute knock-offs showing up in the Oliver + s flickr stream.  With both Knock-it-off and Shorts on the Line in full swing I had double the reason to sew these! And so I finally took the plunge and followed this popular tutorial to transform the class picnic shorts pattern into these ruffled Jcrew knock-offs.


For my version I sewed them from the Oliver + s class picnic shorts pattern in size 4 width 5 length from Robert Kaufman hampton twill in color calypso with Liberty of London for the waist and pocket linings.


I added the pockets in myself to make them more like the inspiration shorts. But I made a mistake and added them to the wrong spot! The pockets on the inspiration shorts are on the outsides of the ruffle, but mine ended up inside. Oops! That’s what I get for not thinking out my pattern modifications. Oh well, they’re still cute 😉


Detail shot. Love these ruffles. I think I’ll try these shorts again next summer and hopefully figure out those pockets!


Liberty waistband <3. I finished the inside visible waist seam with charcoal 1/4″ bias tape. I much prefer this over simply serging the edge as it provides such a lovely and professional finish.


In an effort to remember what size garment was made, I’ve added size tags. Why didn’t I do this sooner!?


Shorts in action.


Adorable from both sides 😉

I feel like summer sewing is coming quickly to an end. Are you still squeezing in some summer sewing or have you switched to fall yet?



11 thoughts on “Ruffled picnic shorts

  1. These are so great! That little burst of floral Liberty along the waistband is such a great detail:) Also, great job on adding the pockets – I actually prefer your placement over the inspiration piece. Lovely job – I hope she will get much wear from these!

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