Hello! (side note- Lisbon just learned how to type "hello").
I had the privilege of testing the Clipper Shorts by Jennuine Designs. They are designed for boys and girls (hooray!) with multiple waist band options, optional pockets (slant and/or welt), color blocking options and two lengths (Bermuda- just above the knee and Jamaica- mid thigh (which I didn't know had a name until this test). I LOVE dressing my girls in longer shorts because the provide a little protection on the playground slides and swings and are much more age appropriate. These shorts come in sizes newborn through size 12.
I chose to sew the regular waistband (which has elastic in the back. There are also instructions for using buttonhole elastic to make them adjustable. I would've done that if I had buttonhole elastic at home). All the finishes in the pattern are tidy and I love the attention to detail Jenn puts in her patterns from including how to finish seams, which way to press them, which seams to topstitch, etc.
My girls love pockets! These came together beautifully with notches to line everything up properly and instructions to use basting to make sure all pieces stay together. The pockets might be the only reason I can convince Lisbon to wear shorts (because they aren't twirly and pink or purple). They are generously sized so I'll have to remember to check them when doing the laundry.
The day the pictures were due it was 50F and raining. They were freezing. Lest you feel too bad for us it's 90F today. HAHA. The girls were good sports and I bribed them with this giant umbrella.
Ansley measures a size 7 hips and 10 waist. I made a straight size 8. Next time I'll grade according to the fitting guide in the (clickable!) instructions. Lisbon measures a size 4 in hips and waist so I made her a 4. It's a little loose in the waist (hence my comment about buttonhole elastic) but it's just right for her to pull her pants up and down by herself. (She is working on asserting her independence). I think I might try sewing up a pants length pair this fall.
Ansley is also wearing her Schooner Tee, pattern also by Jennuine Designs, and blogged here. Lisbon is wearing a jacket I blogged here.
Jenn is going to be holding a sew along that starts next Monday. And it looks like the Clipper Shorts are still on sale here! Thanks for stopping by!!!