My daughter is lacking shorts that fit her in her wardrobe this summer. I wanted something that was simple, yet girly too. I also wanted a little longer short for her. I feel as though most of the stuff in the store is a little too short for my taste. When I saw the Metropolitan Pants pattern by New Horizon Designs, I decided to make both of my kids a pair of shorts. I love that I can use the same pattern for both of them.
First off, I knew I wanted to add something to the shorts for my daughter. I decided to first measure her inseam, since the pattern as is seemed a little long for her. Her inseam to her knee was 5″, and I decided to add a 1/2″ ruffle. I cut from the inseam to 4.25″ (removing 2.25″) for her 36″ height. I measured the hemline around the base of the shorts to be 12.5″ and doubled this width to 25″. I then cut two strips 25″ by 1.75″. When I made the shorts, I folded the strip in half to make a band and gathered to fit the bottom hem. Before hemming my son’s shorts, I tried them on and I also decided to shorten his by 2″, as they came past his knees.
For both pairs, I used fabric from Joann. My daughter’s shorts are chambray/linen blend, and my son’s pair is made from twill.
The pattern requires you to do front pockets (unless you want to adjust the pattern), and has optional back welt pockets. They feature a flat front and elastic back. There’s also an optional faux fly, which I did on my son’s shorts. There are three different hem lengths, pants, capris, and shorts. The pattern goes from sizes 0-3 months up to 10. They were a simple sew and only took me a couple of hours for each. Click here to get the pattern.