I am pretty darn excited to share today’s project with you – these adorable little shorts that I made from the Elegance and Elephants Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern.
Heidi was so sweet to donate this pattern for me to use as part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly.
I made the shorts in a size 3/4 and they fit Addie perfectly – she is falling right between sizes now, overlapping between a 3T and a 4T for most clothes. I made the shorts on a Saturday morning – the instructions were straightforward and the construction came together smoothly and quickly. I used a chambray for the main fabric, which I picked up last week on a quick trip to Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley. The fabric fits perfectly with this style of shorts and Addie agrees that they turned out super cute!! Don’t you just love those fun, perfectly sized bubble pockets?
My favorite feature could be the contrasting band on the inside waist – I couldn’t resist throwing black and white polka dots in there!
The pattern itself was simple to follow and very clear – I highly recommend it. You can create a very polished looking garment and the pattern provides all the instructions and tips you’ll need to pull it off without a hitch.
Now…let’s take a minute to admire my budding supermodel here. I pulled her out back at my mom’s house just before dinner the other evening. Her hair was kind of stringy, wavy from playing in the pool all day and she was in a really good mood. If every photo shoot went this smoothly – well….I’d be out of wall space trying to frame every picture. I got a few of the goofy expression pictures, but mostly just the sweetest little face you’ve ever seen. Oh, I could just eat her up!
So, she’s standing up on this little bench in the garden and the sunlight is filtering over the house behind her and into my lens for some yummy pictures (maybe not the best for seeing the shorts, but we already had those…) And then I ask Addie, if she were a supermodel, what would her signature pose be, so without skipping a beat, she gives me this pose….
Times like that – it’s hard to stop taking pictures. I think the pretty, little shorts may have put her in just the mood to give me all the pictures I could handle. Thanks for humoring me with the showing off. Please check out all of the shorts that others are sharing throughout the Shorts on the Line series and as part of the sew-along. Here’s the full schedule:
Comments & Reviews
Love the picture with the sunlight in her hair! I laughed when you said you would be out of wall space. Same way here. I want to have all the best pics up to be amazed and drawn into. God has blessed you with some beautiful girls! The shorts are too cute! Love the first pic (and even noticed the boo-boo) also. Blessed. Enjoy your summer.
Oh WOW, Stef! The shorts turned out awesome, but way more stunning than anything are these photos are your beautiful daughter. Every shot needs to be framed!
Ashley Dickerson says
Your lil model is GORGEOUS! Seriously she couldn’t be cuter! Now about these shorts!!!!!! I was literally dreaming up shorts last night for a project I want to make. I bought some Bird Silhouettes on Heather Gray Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric by Girl Charlee after seeing your post on the seafarer shirt (which is how I found the fabric shop, I also bought another fabric and that pattern!!!!!!!!). I want to make a shirt for my daughter with the grey and REALLY wanted some super cute shorts to go with it. THESE ARE SO IT!!!!!!! I’ve NEVER sewn jersey and am intimidated by the fabric and lack of selling knowledge! So figures crossed it goes well! Thank you so much for introducing me to a sewing world outside of a very basic gathered skirt!!!!!!!
Ashley Dickerson says
Oh no!!!!!!! So I clicked on the link Elegance and Elephants Bubble Pocket Shorts pattern and no pattern came up?!?!?!?!?!? I used their site and did a search, but still nothing :-/ Any idea how I can get it?
Okay, Ashley, the link is fixed now – thanks for letting me know! Click away and get your pattern – this one is pretty simple – I think a beginning seamstress can tackle it just fine. Good luck with all your sewing! (I have that bird fabric from Girl Charlee, too!)
Ashley Dickerson says
okay after stopping my panic for a second and taking a look at what was happening I realized what is wrong with the link! It takes you to the site where you bought your fabric not the pattern. so for anyone else having this problem here is the correct link:http://www.eleganceandelephants.com/2013/04/bubble-pocket-shorts-pattern.html?m=1
Ana Sofia says
Love your bubble shorts (the floral chambray is perfect for this pattern)!
Trust me, you’re not alone when it comes to getting great pictures of your girl. I fell your pain – lots of pictures, time and bribery involved to get a so-so photo by the end of the day 🙂
She does look amazing in every photo you posted – love the one with the sunlight in her hair as well.
Gorgeous! The shorts and the model! Thank you so much for joining in!
This pattern is on my list of must-haves. I love LOVE your choice of fabric. And seriously? your daughter is gorgeous!
These pictures are beautiful and the shorts are just perfect! Such a perfect pattern/fabric combo!
Jess Abbott says
Stef – these are truly lovely. I adore them!!!
she is ad-or-able! and those shorts are super fab! glad we got to share today! I am in such great company for this sewalong!
Love those photos!
Love the shorts in that print, but MAN that Addie is a cutie pie!! Love her supermodel poses. Okay let’s get her, Em, and Sadie (CINO) together stat. Looks like I need to make a road trip to Cali. 🙂
I love your fabric choice! I have that pattern too and it’s wonderful. My daughter now wants me to make a top just like your girls. Did you make that and, if so, do you have a pattern?
Maria Figueroa says
Great job on the shorts! (I’m gonna have to buy the pattern pretty soon).
Beautiful little model and great photography. I love your blog!
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These are seriously GORGEOUS photos. Your model is a-freakin-dorable and I love the shorts. Perfect use for that fabric!! Seriously, I want to frame these pics and she’s not even my kid . . .
The shorts are adorable and your daughter is just beautiful. Enjoy this age! It is one of my favorites! I love the little eyelet top with the shorts, too. Cool, comfy, and very pretty.
That printed chambray is perfect for the bubble shorts! They look fantastic on your darling little girl.:)
I love the shorts pattern, too. I shirred the tops of the pockets instead of making the casing for elastic and paired them with a matching shirred top. Quick, easy, and “fancy pants”.
what a cutie! Also, wishing I had gotten some of that chambray now, it’s gorgeous!!
She is just darling! A real beauty. And the shorts are adorable too. I love that floral chambray print. I’ve never seen it. I’d love to hear who the fabric designer is if you get a chance. I’d like to buy some!
Thank you! Sorry for my late reply – I checked the selvage and there is nothing printed on it. bummer. I did get it from Stonemountain & Daughter, you should stop in the next time you’re up in Berkeley and grab some!
I love all of your protects! I’m just starting to sew. My question is where do you find your fabrics? They look so soft and I absolutely love the patterns!
I buy fabric in so many places! I love Fat Quarter Shop or my local Beverly’s for quilting cottons. I find most of my apparel fabrics at fabric.com and Jo-Ann, but I’ve also grown quite a nice little stash from shopping in the L.A. fabric district – Michael Levine has everything and they’re online, too – lowpricefabric.com Hope that helps!
DIY For Days says
These were such an inspiration for some Bubble Scrunch Shorts I made for my daughter! Thank you so much! http://www.diyfordays.com/?p=1426