this outfit is pure summer in oregon, 80s style – the way i remember it.
french braids, tan skin, play clothes, and bare feet. days were spent outside with my sisters and the neighbor kids – running through sprinklers, bike riding, and sometimes my mom would make a jug of kool-aid to drink on the back deck. you know, to beat the thirsties.
this girl, who looks a lot like i did at her age, has finally ended her three year long shorts strike!! wahoo! i love her in shorts, she gets all goofy and acrobatic. and these shorts (plus time spent with cousins at grandma and grandpa’s house plus oreos) brought out even more of her goofball side.
these are the oliver + s class picnic shorts – a pattern i’ve admired a long time and finally sewed up! (my buddy Gail was a major influence and has sewn my favorite versions – here, here, and even a pair that look a lot like these, ha!). frankly, i hadn’t made them yet because they looked like more work than i usually want to put into kid shorts. shorts are one of those items that can be made SO quickly, spending a couple hours seemed like a lot.
but I LOVE THEM. they were so worth the extra steps. i love how they’re like (now seemingly ubiquitous) racer shorts, but elevated. they’re feminine, adorable, and look comfy as heck.
i made a size 4 with no modifications except adding a second line of topstitching and a bartack at the bottom of the faux fly. i usually add length to her skirts and dresses, but couldn’t wrap my brain around that on these with the facings and the whatnot, and the length turned out great anyway. the fit seems absolutely perfect to me.
the ladies behind shorts on the line, Carla and Rachael, got some awesome sponsors this year, and Britex Fabrics is one of them. you know i love Britex and am lucky to be a blog contributor for them. the thing that has always impressed me with Britex is that though their fabrics may look like any other fabric on the website, in person it is always better than you imagined it would be. this denim stretch chambray is super soft with a bit of a sheen to it, and the perfect amount of stretch for ultimate comfort. i used the wrong side for the body of the shorts, and the right side for the facings.
it was her call which side to use for which part of the shorts. this kid.
oh! now i’ve gotta talk about her shirt. i actually sewed a floaty swingset tunic to go with the shorts, but once i made them, it didn’t seem right together. the retro look of the shorts demanded a more retro-style tee. i wanted to do a freezer paper stencil on it, but what? i was stumped.
i consulted my graphics guru Tara (check out her freezer paper stencil work, she’s amazing), and let her know my dilemma. she said “what i really want to see is the shape of oregon on that tee.” GENIUS.
the “heart in oregon” sticker is our homage to the iconic “i heart NY” tee. they’re on car bumpers allll over portland. my husband and i both grew up in oregon, as did my parents, and my grandma even had an “oregon native” sticker on her volvo. oregon pride! i got the symbol off a google image search and added cooper black text below (suggestion from the husband, thanks hon!).
i debated making the whole graphic in white or doing the heart in hot pink (it’s usually green). for E’s sake i’m glad i did the pink. she’ll wear it more. 😉
the shirt itself is a flashback skinny tee in a 4T with 1/2” added to the hem length. i upcycled a shirt of my husband’s and preserved existing hems (tips here), so the actual added length is more like an inch. i made it short sleeved and scooped out the front neckline a little bit for a girlier look.
sigh. another outfit for my kiddo that i want for myself. off to persuade Liesl to release the class picnic shorts for adults! outdoor concert shorts, maybe?
so happy to be included in shorts on the line again this year! such a fun series.
This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong. Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex Fabrics, Hawthorne Threads, miss matatabi, and Soak Wash. Hosted by imagine gnats, small + friendly, and Kollabora.
P.S. I have to mention that Oliver + S paper patterns are currently 50% off!