Have you ever been to a Matilda Jane trunk show? I was invited to one last summer and had a great time. Friends, food, cute clothes? Count me in!! But while I was looking at the clothes I kept thinking to myself, “I could probably make this….” It’s not that the clothes they sell aren’t totally amazing, it’s just that as I looked at them and saw the large price tag I knew I could do it myself for some big savings.
I went ahead and bought an adorable halter top tank for Lainey to be supportive of my friend’s party and Lainey and I both have just adored this shirt for the past year. She wore it with leggings last summer, then with a long sleeve shirt under it all winter, and now she’ll be wearing it with the knock off Ruffled Shorties I just made for her this coming summer!!
The amazing thing about Matilda Jane clothing is the way they use unexpected fabrics together. Not only can I not find such cute patterns for a decent price but I also just don’t have the eye for coordinating in a way that almost clashes like they do. But for this tank I knew that they paired it with red polka dotted ruffled shorties just like the tiny piece of fabric on the chest with the flower buttons on it.
So when I saw red polka dot jersey fabric at GirlCharlee.com I decided to take my chances that the red would match with her Matilda Jane tank, and thank goodness, it did!!
The fabric wasn’t as stretchy as I had hoped it would be though which disappointed me a bit, but it still worked fine in the end for her shorts
Making these shorts was super quick and easy. Just two pieces of fabric for the shorts, an elastic waist, and 2 ruffles with raw edges! I used a pair of Lainey’s leggings as a guide, but because her leggings were stretchy and this material wasn’t I cut the shorts a couple of inches bigger than the leggings. I turned her leggings inside out and folded them as you can see in the pic below, then I laid them on the folded fabric.
I did this twice so I had two pieces like this:
(I made these WAY too long so that I could decided how long/short I wanted them once they were on her!)
Unfold those two pieces and place them on top of each other “right” sides together. Sew the 2 curved edges together using a double needle so that your seam will have some stretch to it. (here’s a link to how I use a double needle)
Now sew along the inside of the legs. Just go up one leg and down the other with one continuous seam with your double needle. (sorry I apparently didn’t get a picture of this step so here’s a pic of the finished shorts inside out for a visual for you!)
Next make a casing for your elastic waist. Fold and press down the top of the waist a quarter of an inch and then again 1 inch. Sew all the way around the waist leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic, once you’ve inserted your elastic sew that opening closed. I’ve taken pictures of this process in my last three tutorials so I didn’t this time! I’ll write a post later this week specifically on how to do this so that I can just link to it from now on!
Now try the shorts on and decide how short you want them. I made a mark where I wanted them and then measured a half an inch down from there and cut. Then I hemmed by folding and pressing up a quarter of an inch and then again a quarter of an inch and sewing.
To make the ruffles I measured around the leg opening which was 13 inches and then doubled that number. So I cut a strip of fabric 26 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.
I sewed a running stitch along the edge and then pulled one of the threads to make it into a ruffle. (Click here for a tutorial on How to Make a Ruffle) Then I pinned it to the bottom of the leg of the shorts right over the stitch I had made when hemming them.
Then I just sewed the ruffle onto the shorts overlapping the ruffle at the end!
I had planned on adding another ruffle above it but Lainey’s tank top is so long that it would cover it anyways so I just stopped here. These shorts are super comfortable and so stinkin’ cute I hope to make another pair sometime.
You see what I mean about the unexpected fabrics together?? SOO cute. My Pinterest board is full of their stuff as inspiration, now I just have to find fun fabrics that don’t go together but look cute together anyways
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