I am so very excited to be the next stop on the Pattern Emporium blog tour!
I was contacted to be a part of this tour just a few weeks before we had a vacation planned for Hawaii – and some new shorts were definitely in order for both me and Ella!
I had never used a Pattern Emporium pattern before, and I was so impressed by how well the patterns and instructions were put together. Kate has past experience in the fashion industry, and it definitely shows in her patterns. The instructions are super clear, and there are a bunch of little tips scattered throughout that help give a professional finish. Plus, the patterns INCLUDE “glorious little pattern hacks” to add even more options to some already option-packed patterns.
I ended up making three pairs of shorts for myself using the Ladies Hepburn pattern, and other than one pair of quick-dry athletic shorts, these shorts are the only ones I wore during our whole vacation. I LOVE them, and I love that they are all different even though they are all from the same pattern. All of these are in the “play” length, and there is also an “urban” length if you’re looking for a longer short.
Everyone told me to size down on this pattern, and they were right. I measured in a size 10, made a size 8 muslin, and still ended up taking things in a bit. I also lowered the back rise by about an inch. Special thanks goes to the amazing Becca Duval for walking me through my own personal alterations on this pattern – she has such a talent for knowing exactly what adjustments to make!
The gray pair was made using the pull-on option (elastic waistband on the back only), and the combination of that waistband and the fabric on these (I think some sort of rayon-blend chambray??? I scored it second hand at FabMo for $1/yd!) make them SUPER comfy. I think these are going to be my go-to shorts for everyday wear, which is a step up from the last few summers of wearing those athletic shorts!
The black and white shorts were made using the side zip option, and the fit on these is just great. This fabric is from the apparel section at Joann. It was on clearance for $7/yd – win!
The floral shorts are also the side-zip option, but I took out the front pleats on this pair. A couple of helpful ladies in the Pattern Emporium facebook group told me they had done this before and gave me their tips on how to do it. Once again, the sewing community proves to be full of the best people!
Ella’s shorts are from the Little Honeybuns pattern, in the “play” length. There are also “sporty” (shorter) and bermuda lengths. They are super cute on her and she loves matching with Mommy (I’m going to soak that in as long as possible – I know it won’t last forever!). I made her a straight size 4 because I hate making things that she will grow out of too quickly, but I think I made them a little too big. Oh, well! If she ends up being able to wear them for two summers, that’s even better!
I can’t believe this girl is almost 3! She’s so full of spunk and sweetness.
Thanks for including me on the tour, Kate and Marnie!
Make sure to check out all the other tour stops:
5/2 Sew Sophie Lynn
5/3 Handcrafted By Red
5/4 Sprouting JubeJube
5/5 That’s Sew Kari
5/6 Simple Blessed
5/9 Wally And Grace
5/10 Free Notion
5/11 Horris And Deedle
Thanks for reading!