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Oliver + S Free Sunny Day Shorts Pattern


A couple of weeks ago, Oliver + S released a new free pattern, the Sunny Day Shorts. It is a basic, easy, pull-on shorts pattern for boys or girls.

I decided to try making a pair for Owen yesterday. I’m very happy with the pattern and how they turned out.


They were easy to make and came together very quickly. What’s even better is that I used a scrap of fabric I had left over from when I made my grey skinny jeans. I love finding uses for my scraps.

I decided to add front pockets to the shorts. I did this by borrowing the front pockets from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern. I put the Field Trip front pattern piece on top of the Sunny Day front pattern piece and traced the shape of the Field Trip pocket onto the Sunny Day pattern. Then I used the front pocket piece from the Field Trip Cargos to make the facing and pocket bag. It fit just right.


I added a square pocket to the back. I embroidered Owen’s name on the back pocket, but you can’t really see it because I used grey thread.


I sewed a couple of rows of stitching through the elastic in the waist. I always do that because I like how it looks, and it keeps the elastic from rolling.

I love these simple shorts. They’re perfect for my boys to wear all summer long and I plan on making a bunch of them.


My Chevron Top And Seth’s Sunday Pants


I have a colorful new top to wear. For this one, I used my scoop tee pattern as the base. Then I added some gathers to the neckline. To add the gathers, I used this little tutorial.

I wanted a bit of a fuller sleeve on this top, so I drafted a new one. But I made it too full. So next time I’ll have to back off a bit on that. But I think it’s okay. The sleeve does lend a free, hippy-like appearance, but I’m alright with that.


I also added just a tad of width to the bottom of the pattern so that there would be more to gather in when I put the band on.

I really love this fabric. The colors and the huge chevrons just make me happy when I look at them.

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Also, I finished a pair of Sunday pants for Seth.


He was already outgrowing his pair I made him a few months ago. I used my Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers pattern that I’ve talked about before.


I must say that I’m so glad I can sew for Seth. We really struggled finding pants that fit him before I learned to sew, but now I can customize pants for him to have them fit. For these, he needed more room in the crotch (even with the largest size in the pattern) so I scooped the front and back crotch seams.

I also added more length to the rise in the back. And he needed more room in the hip area, so I used a 3/8″ seam allowance there instead of the 1/2″ the pattern came with. Then when I got down past the hip, I gradually came in until I was back at 1/2″ seam allowance because he didn’t need more room anywhere else.


More Owen Clothes

I made Owen another pair of pants from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern. I left the cargo pockets off this time because I think they still rock without them, and they take awhile to make.




I used a poly/cotton twill from fabric.com for these and I really like the fabric. I like having some polyester in there so the pants aren’t so wrinkly.




I also decided to use up the last of my camo fabric to make a t-shirt for Owen (using my pattern). I was hurrying to get the t-shirt done and I made the neck opening too tight. I knew I should have ripped it off and put another strip on that was just a bit bigger. But I didn’t because I thought maybe it would be ok if I just ironed it.

When he’s wearing it, he looks like he has an itty bitty pin head since the opening is waayy too small. Oh well. You can’t win them all!


Another Oliver + S Raglan T-Shirt (For Ezra)

Ezra loves his last Oliver + S Raglan t-shirt so much that he wears it as often as he possibly can. So I decided it was time for another one for sure.

I made this one orange and white, and he calls it his “Emmet shirt” ( he just watched the new Lego movie for the first time).


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I wrote before about how I had to take my coverstitch machine to get fixed. I got it back and although it definitely works better, it still skips whenever it goes over any thickness of fabric. It can only handle two layers of thin jersey. I am disappointed because I’ll have to take it back to get fixed.

For this t-shirt, I used a chain stitch around the neck to topstitch the seam allowance down. A regular coverstitch was out of the question. But by being very careful, I was able to hem the bottom and sleeves without too much trouble.

I finally got a little smarter while making this t-shirt and I figured out a good way to mark where I need the stitching to go for the hem. When you use a coverstitch machine, the outer needle needs to go just to the inside of the raw edge of the hem. If it goes too far to the left, both needles won’t catch the raw edge. If it goes too far to the inside, then you need to trim the excess off or it won’t look clean.

So, first I put the shirt wrong side up on the machine and made sure the outer needle was just to the inside of the raw edge of the shirt hem. Then, I put a small piece of masking tape there to mark where the folded side of the t-shirt needed to be to keep a nice, even hem.

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Then I flipped the shirt over and aligned the folded edge with the tape and I had a cheap seam guide to help me make a clean stitching line and not accidentally miss where I needed the needles to go.

Of course I removed the masking tape promptly after so I didn’t get sticky build-up on my machine.

Sometimes when I try to pull my thread ends to the back of the shirt they get stuck and won’t go to the back easily. So I use a needle to thread them to the back of the shirt. It’s way easier than trying to use the tweezers from the wrong side of the fabric, which is what my manual recommends to do.

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Take those threads straight to the back!

Anyway, another t-shirt is done for Ezra. We drank berry smoothies the first day he wore it and he spilled all down the front of it. I was pretty sad because it didn’t come out in the wash even with my heavy duty stain remover. So I followed the advice in this article and poured boiling water over the stain, and then soaked it in vinegar for awhile. It completely took the stain out. Woo hoo!


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