Summer is for Shorts

While at International Quilt Market in Minneapolis last month, I fell in love with the Coachella Shorts sample hanging in the Checker Distributors booth. I knew they’d be perfect for Miss L and with summer coming up, I put them at the top of my “must sew” list.

The pattern is by Striped Swallow Designs and features a curved hem accented with trim. It’s sized for girls 6 months-12 years and uses just a small amount of fabric — like, 3/4 yard for size 8-12. Bonus!

My sweet girl had a massive growth spurt since this time last year, so I couldn’t wait to whip up a pair of these as soon as the patterns arrived at the shop. I opted for the size 8, based on her current measurements and the pattern sizing.


They are super cute but clearly not the best fit. And she found them very uncomfortable. Back to the cutting table!

I trace all my patterns so I used washi tape to add an extra piece to the center crotch seam of both the front and back shorts pieces. I measured and extended the pieces about 1-1/2″ to give her the needed room.

While I could have just sized up the shorts, I opted to make the pattern modification because the rest of the fit seemed spot on. Sizing up would have made them larger all over.


I skipped the trim on the second pair, just in case the fit was still off. They turned out much better! The trim really shows off the cute seam lines, so I’ll definitely be using it on future pairs. L says they feel so much better and she’s gotten quite the use out of them.