Pattern Paralysis

This post is not about shorts–

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I made two shorts last weekend and then was struck with Pattern Paralysis.

Perhaps you’ve had this affliction as well.  The precursory conditions for Pattern Paralysis are an abundance of patterns and fabric, thereby rendering the sewist with more possible combinations than she is able to process.  The symptoms are a simultaneous desire to make everything and also make the best use of one’s fabric stash, ideally matching each fabric with the best pattern for that fabric.  The sewist then begins second ( and third, fourth) guessing herself until she is too tired to sew, yet tries to put together ideas on new pinterest boards and keeps the patterns next to her bed.  This stage typically is short-lived with the patient sewist progressing either to sewing neglect, or after a brief respite period, the ideal treatment of “just making something already!”

Fabric is coming in the mail in 3 days.  Patterns are cut and waiting.  Treatment is pending.


Cuffed shorts for whale top

seersucker whale outfit

I didn’t modify the Kids Shorts pattern at all to cuff these.  And no, I didn’t look up how to properly make cuffs so pbbbbt.   These shorts weren’t meant to be perfect.

Instead, I used the seam allowance already given in the MADE pattern but flipped it the other way.  It does make for a shorter short by 1 inch, but this is supposed to be an outfit for a hot summer day anyway.   I was in a hurry to get these done.  Next time I’ll look up how to properly make cuffs and I’ll do the math for adjusting the pattern’s length.

You can follow Dana’s tutorial for general shorts construction.  I used her Kids Shorts pattern size 2T.  Once I got to the end, I did NOT put in the elastic in the waistband since I thought it would be easier to make a straight cuff if the waist wasn’t gathered yet.  I folded over 1/2 inch and pressed as instructed.  Then I folded over another 1 inch and pressed.  This makes two creases.


I unfolded the first crease, planning on then folding up to the right side of the short the whole 1 inch fold that I had created.  This is when I realized the fabric edge wouldn’t be finished at all and would likely fray, so I zig-zag stitched it.  Again, not meant to be perfect.


I sewed 1/4 from the edge and then folded my new “cuff” toward the right side of the shorts.  I hand stitched a blind stitch to hold the cuff there on the right side of the shorts, and voila!



Then I inserted the elastic in the waistband and learned I should really pay attention to which is the back so I make my elastic opening there.  Otherwise my closing stitch shows up on the front.


I had been sewing regular quilters cotton before this seersucker and broadcloth excursion.  The broadcloth was a little more finicky.  I had to adjust the tension and stitch length several times to eventually prevent puckering.  Good thing these are only shorts and its only fabric.

Now I just have to make another whale outfit and then look up how to properly cuff shorts!


shortsI made these cute little shorts for the girls on Friday!  Its been hard this weekend to post it.  I used MADE Kid Shorts pattern, making the 2 T a flat front and it being a little snug on my smaller 1 year old.

shortsTop isn’t supposed to match, I was just trying them on.  So the second ones I made 3T but forgot to fold the pattern to make them flat front so they are elastic all the way around.  Of course those are a little roomy on my bigger 1 year old.  Either way they are adorable!

I had a funny problem of the inseams not lining up after sewing the crotch.

Shorts crotch

This happened with both the 2T and 3T pattern.  They still look cute when finished so I’m not sure what to do about it.  Has anyone else had this experience?


Cute little bottom!

I will definitely be making these again. In fact I have the last of this fabric cut for a flat front 3T.

Have you checked out Dana’s patterns?  She provides a lot of variations and sizes for a good price.  Instructions are NOT included in the pattern.  You need to go to her tutorial page for the pattern instructions.

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