two customizations using the sunny day shorts

We’ve got Anne from Sew Anne Sew with us today. Anne’s meticulous sewing has been featured in our round-ups here and here. She has a tutorial on making two pairs of shorts from the same pattern. And with that, here is Anne!

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

I was thrilled to be asked to share this tutorial on the Oliver + S blog! The other day my daughter mentioned that she needed some more shorts. I immediately thought, no way! School is starting in a week…it’s basically fall! Then I remembered that it isn’t fall and it’s going to be hot forever because we live in the South. We still have months of shorts appropriate weather. Because school is starting so soon I wanted these shorts to be nicer. Something that made my children look put together rather than thrown together while still being comfortable.

I decided to use the free Sunny Day Shorts pattern. I knew the Sunny Day shorts would be perfect for this project because the fit is just right and the possibilities are endless with this basic pattern!

Because my kids have different needs and different styles, I designed two very different pairs of shorts based on the Sunny Day Shorts pattern.

  • J got flowy, airy, culotte shorts in size 4T
  • A got sturdy, color-blocked shorts with leather pockets in size 2T

All of my pattern alterations are based on the sizes of my children. You may need to add a little more/less than I did in terms of length and width depending on your child’s size.

Materials:

  • Culottes: 1 yard of lightweight fabric with nice drape. I used a cotton poly blend fabric with a silky feel. Rayon would also work nicely.
  • Color-blocked shorts: 3 different colored fabrics. I like twill, broadcloth, denim, and linen for boys shorts.
  • I bought 1 yard of the denim, ½ yard of the beige twill, and ¼ yard of faux leather for the shorts.
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger: To finish seams. A zig zag stitch, or pinking shears can be used if you don’t own a serger.
  • The free Sunny Day Shorts pattern as well as instructions

For the culotte-style shorts:

Print off, cut, and tape your pattern together as indicated. Be sure to make all the following pattern alterations for both the shorts back and shorts front pieces.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

All of your pattern pieces should look similar to the pieces in step 5.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

If you would like to add ties cut two pieces that are 25 inches wide and 5 inches long and cut them to a point on one end as shown above.

Once you have cut all your pieces assemble exactly as the pattern directs until you attach the waistband. Before you attach your waistband you must sew and attach your ties.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Attach your waistband as indicated in the pattern. Before you insert your elastic follow step 9.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Your shorts should look something like this when they’re all done!!

Customized Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

For the color-blocked shorts:

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Attach your waistband, insert elastic, hem and you’re done! Your shorts should look something like this!

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Of course when they were done we HAD to test them out on an early morning walk.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

J loved that her shorts looked like a skirt. She would wear skirts everyday if she could. Culottes are perfect for little girls, the look of a skirt with the freedom of shorts.

A sat right down in that red dirt a few times. Partial Leather pockets were definitely a smart choice for him. #momwin

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

Our dog Moose came just for fun.

Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

And that’s it! I hope you’re kids are able to squeeze some fun out of these last few days of summer while staying cool in some very stylish shorts!

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3 Comments

  1. JEB OBARR

    I just love this. So cute!

  2. Joan holt

    They both look lovely. Did you lengthen the legs of the boy’s sunny day shorts?

  3. Both of these really caught my eye when I first saw them. Beautiful work, and thanks for the tutorials.

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