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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Pattern Busting the Picnic Shorts


Go back in time about 2 years and picture me tentatively typing 'children's sewing patterns' into Google. This is when I entered the world of sewing for little ones. Thankfully, I came across Oliver + S patterns. and it was this pattern in particular that caught my eye. The Classic Picnic.

For reasons I cannot explain, it has been one of the last Oliver and S patterns that I have purchased. Having made it up, I now feel stupid for not sewing it before. The shorts are beautiful things to behold. The way they come together is sublime and everything inside is finished neatly. Hardly any scratchy seams to annoy delicate skin. 
(For those who are interested, the first pattern I tried was the Puppet Show. The one that started the O+S love affair!)


I have a habit of trying things in denim first, just because it is so practical. Well seeing as these are for summer, they need to be long lasting. The khaki pair are from a medium weight cotton bought locally and it was a major PITA to sew with. They are not my finest work. For some reason, the fabric which looked lovely on the roll, washed to a creased-distressed finish and they look old already. Perfect colour for matching outfits though. Just really disappointed with how they look.


The fabric I used for the facing was left over from a cushion I was commissioned to make at Christmas. It is not a fabric I would usually have in my stash as unlike Justine I don't have a knack at making bright florals work.

The buttonhole elastic is going to be worth its weight in gold as you can see. She notches in two holes either side so these should hopefully last the summer.


I planned to make both these pairs to go with the vest top I made a week ago. They look really nice together plus the shorts will go with so many other things as well.


I love the gold topstitching you get on jeans and so went to town on these. 
They look very sturdy as a result I think.


Both pairs got the thumbs up and it was nice to see her in something new. I can't wait for her to outgrow some of her old clothes so I can put some new ones in her wardrobe. Comically, I have the same batch of tee shirts that I have had forever, but can't stand to see the girls in the same things all the time. Good job I like to sew!


I must get cracking on the top from this pattern as judging by the flickr pool, it is indeed a classic!

20 comments:

  1. Katy, these shorts look fantastic - love the denim pair in particular. And of course, love the floral waistband ;-) (thanks for the compliment too!)
    I have only made these once - have to say that the facings are what have put me off making another pair.
    As for the top - I can't believe you haven't made it before! It is one of my most favourite patterns - think you will totally love it too

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    1. I only wish I had your knack of making those prints look good. Boo actually really likes large florals so I always go to your photostream to see what inspires me!
      Having made the top now, it is clear to see it will be a favourite too!

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  2. I was just thinking I need to make some plain basics, and here you are with these fantastic shorts :) The gold topstitching is a great touch! And the cute labels!

    Did you find these a more generous fit than the Puppet Show?

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    1. I only wish she still fit into the puppet show shorts, that does make me sad as I love them. I would say that these are more flexible purely because of the leg opening. The binding on the puppet shows restrict movement and these picnic shorts are more forgiving of active play.

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  3. These are so nice. Perfect wardrobe staples and your sewing is flawless.

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I have a little work to do perfecting the inner curve of the facing when turning them out, but I know what I did wrong so will watch for it next time.

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  4. These look brilliant and it has just persuaded me to buy this pattern next. I have some fabric I bought last year I've been wondering what to do with and I think a few shorts and tops would be perfect. Fab top stitching!!

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    1. Go for it! We will have summer (repeat) we will have summer!
      Thanks for the compliment.

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  5. I started with the Puppet Show and haven't yet got around to busting this pattern. I really must as I just love them like this in solid fabrics. Gorgeous topstitching Katy.

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    1. Thanks Shelley. I was inspired by the wonderful versions that mcholley makes her daughter. She always makes the best basics and sometimes it is easy to forget that that is what kids actually wear.

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  6. Wow, what cool shorts. The sun is shining today and I'm going to need to make some shorts for my girls. I'm inspired.

    So I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you choose to accept the award head on over to Needle and Ted to see what you need to do.

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    1. Oh crikey! Wow, thank you. I will head over to have a look at your questions.

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  7. Fabulous shorts Katy. My shorts loving girl would flip for them. Perfect top stitching too!

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    1. Thanks Peta! Your little lady always looks so stylish in her outfits.

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  8. Great shorts! The CP top was one of the two that initially caught my eye in the O+S range; I've made seven tops so far but no shorts yet. I think this will be the summer that changes.

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    1. Wow seven! I am hoping to make up a few more of the tops now that I have tried my first one. I think a dress version would be well worn around here. I highly recommend the shorts, they will be made every year from now on.

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  9. Great idea to make these in basic colors- they look great and perfect for long wear. I'm excited to make a few more pairs of these this summer.

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    1. Thank you! I am trying to make a few basics so she can pull a semi-decent outfit together by herself. If all her clothes are made from beautiful yet patterned fabrics, she comes downstairs in some comical outfits!

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  10. I have made the Picnic blouse so many times but shameless failed to try the shorts :(
    I love your versions - basic colors and designs always have a place in my girl's wardrobe (and the fit is great).

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  11. Thanks Ana Sofia! I am sorely tempted to buy the smaller size of this pattern, which I usually resist. My younger daughter would live in the shorts and the top, she is an active child and these shorts are great for moving about in.

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