Shorts On The Line: Puppet Show Shorts


Can I just say how excited I am to be back for another year of Shorts on The Line?  Because I am.

And I'm even more excited this time around because it's been hot, hot, hot around here lately which makes for some perfect shorts-wearing weather.  Now, when it cam time to pick a pattern to make this time around I have to say that I came very close to picking one of the many new (or new-to-me) patterns that are out there, but in the end I remembered that I'm trying to hard to sew with what I have on hand this year and that includes patterns.  Because if you're anything like me you have an embarrassing number of patterns at home that you've never even made (please tell me I'm not the only one who has this problem).

Like this Oliver and S Puppet Show Shorts pattern.  I actually bought this pattern almost two years ago specifically to make the shorts, but somehow I never got around to making them (although I did use the dress part of the pattern to make this dress, so it wasn't a total waste I guess).  I love that Shorts on the Line provided me with the kick in the rump that I needed to finally make a pair of these ridiculously cute shorts.

And they are ridiculously cute (or maybe it's just the chubby toddler legs in them that make them so cute).  For the fabric, I decided to go with some dark gray and white seersucker because 1) nothing says summer like seersucker and 2) I love the way that you can make different design elements on a pattern pop simply by changing the orientation of the stripes on seersucker.

Shorts? Vertical stripes
Waistband and pockets? Horizontal stripes
Bindings? Diagonal stripes.

Easy peasy.

Oh, and a little flat piping on the pockets for good measure (and because I cannot resist piping).  And a completely non-functional button on the front because, well, because I wanted to.  I kind of love the way that these shorts turned out, but more important I really loved making them.  I've had a spate of sewing failures around here lately and this project was a much-needed win.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to dig through my patterns to find out what other little treasures I have buried in there!  Hopefully it'll include some more shorts patterns!

PS - And here's my PSA message of the day.  When your child does this pose, run - don't walk - to the nearest bathroom.  Someone (who shall remain nameless) may have peed all over her new shorts about two minutes after I put them on her.  Lesson learned.

This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong.  Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex FabricsHawthorne Threadsmiss matatabi, and Soak Wash.  Hosted by imagine gnatssmall + friendly, and Kollabora.


  1. Very cute and LOL!!! (to that last bit...) :-)

  2. I love how you used the stripes. Those are perfect summer shorts. :-)

  3. Hahahaha! Maggie refuses to wear a diaper (in the house anyway, I insist on it when we go out), but she's been peeing EVERYWHERE lately. So I'm familiar with that last pose! These are adorable! I love them in seersucker.

    I have this pattern but ... wait for it ... I haven't sewn it yet!! So yeah, I'm right there with ya, sister!

  4. Very cute! I may, or may not have seen that pose a few times over the past few days outside the public loos at the Commonwealth Games swimming pool, where I'm working for the games. Also the hand over mouth while child tries to rush outside (yeah, that didn't work so well either, but we have good cleaners!)

  5. Lucky you got some great pictures first! I think boys tend to do more kind of agitated hopping. Love the shorts, in seersucker, oh!

  6. So cute! I just sewed these shorts for the first time, too.
    Rest assured that you are not the only one with a pattern hoarding problem. Ahem.

  7. an unused pattern stash?? wha??? um, yeah... I might have one of those ;) super cute shorts!! and yeah for lessons learned that are at least fairly easy to clean up? thanks for shorts-ing along with us. xo

  8. Anonymous29.7.14

    I love love love these! Seersucker perfection!

  9. cuuuute shorts! impressed with your crotch stripe matching too. and oh man do i get the potty dance. O has that down, but he'll INSIST he doesn't have to go. 10 seconds later...he's standing in a puddle saying "my shorts got wet!" :|

  10. Aw, cute shorts and I love that last photo! (Sorry about the puddle, though!). The shorts are darling on her! I love Iris' little chubby legs in shorts, too. I just made two pair for her this week. Perhaps I was subconsciously inspired by the shorts on the line series. :)

  11. Precious! So cute in seersucker.


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