Tiptoeing through the tulips (?) in his sketchbook shorts

Before I looked through Jacob’s dresser for his summer clothes, I decided to make these shorts.  It’s a good thing I made them before I knew he had about a bazillion pairs of shorts, because I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

Look how cute!


These are the sketchbook shorts from Oliver and S.  Such a fantastic pattern.  Like usual, all the pieces fit together perfectly.  The little details, like the fake fly and the side pockets put these shorts over the cuteness edge.  I even added a button to the front.  There’s an option to do a flat front, and if these were a dressier pair of shorts I would have chosen that.  But seeing as these are pretty casual shorts, I kept it simple and just added elastic throughout.


Jacob isn’t a very big boy.  He still wears 18-24 month store bought shorts.  2T normally look like capris and fall down when he walks.  That’s the great thing about making clothes yourself.  You are able to adjust the waist and shorten or lengthen the legs among other things.  I decided to still make the 2T in these because based on the pattern pieces, the length looked okay and it is simple enough to shorten the elastic in the waist to ensure they don’t fall down.  Also, this way I’m pretty sure he will be able to wear them next summer as well.


We went to the Canadian Tulip Festival a few weekends ago.  Turns out, going on the last weekend of the festival means the tulips are pretty much all dead.  In past years we’ve gone  closer to the beginning of May and there are many more tulips in bloom.  The kids still had a blast.  There was a clown, afterall.  And ice cream.

These two love each other so much!

These two love each other so much!


The fabric I used was Military Plaid from the Military Max line by Riley Blake.  I love the plaid. Originally I bought it to make a button up shirt, but I much prefer them as shorts I think.  I thought it was going to be tricky to match up the plaids, but it turned out to be easier than I thought.  Not too shabby.

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This little guy steals my heart every day.  He is such a happy, sensitive, loving little boy.


He’s definitely not a baby any more.


But he sure is handsome!


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