Sooo I am not a huge fan of yellow. In this round I definitely will stretch myself to accommodate and change the challenge to say Sew Something WITH Yellow IN IT- see what I did there. I tend to use simple color palate with color choices my children like which tend to revolve around purple, green, pink and blue so throwing yellow in there really makes me work hard to figure out what to do.
I turned to a lovely pattern designer/blogger to give me some inspiration, Sew Chibi. If you have never seen her bright and beautiful designs then you should definitely check out her blog, Kataryna has an amazing eye for super bright and fun colors plus she is also a pattern designer. Her patterns reflect the fun style of kawaii that can be bright and bold or can be simplified with more subdued color palates and blocking.
For this challenge, I went with the Natsu shorties. As we go through spring, finding a good gender neutral shorts pattern can be quite complicated for both my tiny toot but also for the tween who straddles the high end of most children’s sizing, making him wide enough, yet isn’t tall enough for men’s patterns to work yet (at least not without a ton of modifications to make it work). I am happy to report that the Sew Chibi patterns have a larger size range, accommodating 2y-16 sizing.
Much like Kataryna’s personal eye for color and style, her instructions are bright and fun yet easy to follow. I love trying new techniques and while I have done cuffed shorts in wovens, this was a first for me with knit. She also inspired me to really push the envelope for me and use brighter colors and patterns.
I love the relaxed fit of these
Pay no mind to the cranky tween face and he wont be happy I posted him here on the blog in fit pics (but he was having a bad tween month and super cranky with me about taking photos).
But these photos display the fit perfectly. Perhaps some day he will let me take some nice photos of these shorts when he wears them, however I’ll take the fact that these are his favorite lounge shorts and he has asked for more pairs!
On to the fact that these shorts are gender neutral. The fit is just as great for my girly as it is for my big boy. And these shorts are perfect for the summer to pull on over a bathing suit or as you can see with the tiny one dressing up with heels-lol.