She loves them, she loves them… knot?
Chelsea from Get Your Crap Together Designs recently invited me to test her newest pattern. The Love Me Knot shorts. And I do. I love those knots! These little shorts remind me of vintage shorts from the 50’s. The sweet little knots and ties hanging down sweet chubby baby and toddler thighs. *sigh* So cute. So, so cute.
Because it’s Kids Clothing Week, I am TOTALLY taking advantage of this pattern test and considering it a project! It’s like it just fell in my lap that this week I am SUPER busy with clothes for the little people in my world. 🙂
Here in Western Michigan, we’ve been getting hammered by the never-ending winter since… what? Thanksgiving? I couldn’t even remember when we last saw grass! Even brown, dead grass. Much less actual green grass.
Make no mistake, ours isn’t by any stretch lush and plush like a velvety green carpet yet. But hey. There’s no SNOW on top of it, so I’m pretty stoked with just being able to see the stomped down, muddy roots that will become grass at some point. (Hopefully before winter gets here again…. Because… Winter.)
It Must Have Been Magic…
Well, since these shorts started testing, several of us have seen winter retreat from our part of the country (even someone in Canada.) So we have given Chelsea a new name, thanks to her magic spring summoning wonder shorts.
The Spring Whisperer.
So anyway… because I’m as flaky as a biscuit some days and I got off topic…
Chelsea sent us this pattern for these ADORBS shorts. I searched through my stash for the
perfect fabrics that I had coordinates and trim for… I came up with this adorable polka dots and floral combo that I also just happened to have stashed hoarded the bias tape for. And they came out just as I imagined. So.Stinking.Cute.
But here’s the thing, girls. Lean in. Grab a coffee. Because I have an important sewing lesson for you that you will not soon forget.
You know how sometimes you don’t have your measuring tape so you grab a piece of yarn and wrap it around the body part you need measured, stick some washi around the end so you know what in the world body part each piece of yarn even goes to, and then later, you grab your measuring tape or ruler and figure out what each piece measures?
Well. That doesn’t work with notebook paper. You cannot take a piece of paper, fold it in a million tiny folds and then hold it up or wrap it around a body part and try to guess what that length is. It doesn’t work.
So poor Chelsea. I told her I could do the 12 month size. bwahahaha. Yeah. No. I had to shake poor Monkey into these things. Like… Hubbs held her arms, I yanked and tugged them as far up over her little
tiny chunky monkey toddler thighs and then while he held her steady I jiggled her until she sort of… well. Fell into them.
We were at the park, too. In public. Middle of the day. So I can ONLY imagine what passers-by thought as we held a tiny defenseless person up and gave them the shake down.
The Story of My Life
Thankfully, Chelsea had another go-round with these shorts and I got another chance at g
etting them right screwing them up. I dug around in the recesses of the boxes and bins where my fabric is being stored during the Never Ending Renovations. (May 23 marks one year. Not a single room, y’all. Not one. But that’s an electric, plumbing, insulating, structural-who-needs-a-load-bearing-wall-anyway story for another day.)
I finally found several yards of a brilliant cobalt blue cotton and a creamy white cotton with blue birds and music notes on it. (The bird fabric was given to me by my mom. My name is Melodie and I used to sing at church and at weddings, so… song birds.) Anyway. I didn’t have any trim this time, and I sure as h-e-double-hockeysticks wasn’t making that much bias tape by hand. So I started to think
thrifty, I mean brain storming. Okay, fine. I was looking around to see what I could make do with at 3 am.
And the Gold Medal Goes to….
And this time at least… it worked.
I modified the pattern a tiny bit. I used the 24 months pattern, but shortened it an inch. This also made that little cut out a bit smaller, but on her short little legs, this actually looked better. I also took an inch off the waist elastic, using the 18 months waist measurement . She’s not chubby. She’s solid. Like an itty bitty Mary Lou Retton.
And instead of that bias tape I wasn’t willing to make/was too lazy to make/was too unwilling to drive around hoping for an exact color match to in packaged bias tape, I found a roll of white crochet lace hidden in a bin.
*queue angels singing*
She Shoots, She Scores!
I think they’re a BIG hit. Monkey for sure loves them. And there’s nothing so adorable as her chunky little toddler legs sticking out of those shorts with the lace and ribbon ties dancing in the wind behind her as she runs for all she’s worth in the sunshine that’s finally arrived…
Because Chelsea summoned spring.