Ruffled picnic shorts

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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

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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.

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

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Shorts in action.

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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?

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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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