KCWC spring 2012: day 1:: knot shorts

knot shorts

first up this week for KCWC, a tutorial by the woman herself, meg “elsie marley” spaeth!  i bookmarked her knot shorts tutorial almost exactly a year ago during grosgrain’s free pattern month, and i wanted to make it SO BADLY!  but at the time i didn’t feel i had the sewing prowess to create my own pattern.  after my stint in PR&P, i knew i could handle it.

knot shorts upside down

the problem was, my sewing mojo was WAY off last night.  i made just about every mistake possible, sewed the inseams wrong, tried to fully line them but didn’t think far enough ahead and had to change them to facings, etc.  even though i stumbled at every turn, they still came together super quickly and turned out pretty darn cute!  oh and she likes them.  they’re good for practicing her new skill – headstands.  🙂

knot shorts

fabric is chambray from joann and pink voile from this shirt, almost a copy of the fabrics meg used.  i highly doubt our daughters will run into each other on the street, so i think it’s acceptable.



see you tomorrow for day 2!  woot!

24 thoughts on “KCWC spring 2012: day 1:: knot shorts

  1. you and mie says:

    They look great! I’m sorry your mojo was off – how frustrating! Glad you didn’t give up though, cuz they look fantastic and obviously your daughter is loving them!! I’ve had these pinned forever too. I’m pushing it up on the to do list for this spring/summer! Hope tonight is smoother!

  2. darci says:

    my mojo was off tonight too. i put an invisible zipper in the Sunki tunic and it gave me a little trouble- i should have rethought how/when the facings were applied. it probably doesnt help that i dont start sewing until 10pm. i really wanted to finish the dress tonight, but alas, its 1am and the sleeves will wait until tomorrow

  3. Laura says:

    They look fantastic and I love the colours. Great photos too – I think everyone should have to do at least one handstand a day. My sewing mojo was off last night too – I sewed a sleeve on the wrong way up with my overlocker. Hmm, that was fun to unpick. Other than that it’s been so much fun sewing along with KCWC.

    • kristin says:

      i had already serged the inseams when i realized i had made a huge mistake…but i just trimmed them off rather than unpicking! the shorts are slimmer in the leg than they should be, but they still work. 😉

  4. Ashley says:

    I love knot shorts, and it is so fun to add that extra pop on the lining/facing! THANK YOU for sharing that your sewing “mojo” wasn’t on last night. My sister and I always laugh and think we are the only ones with spatial ineptness and no mojo! Good luck tonight!

  5. kim says:

    wow, what cute shorts! Practical and adorable and great colors! I adore shorts on little kid legs. Tell E we’re very impressed with her hand-stands. 😉

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