Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pattern review: Ceci Shorts by Petite Kids Boutique

Last year I made these shorts to sell, made up a few samples and took my professional ‘modelled’ shots. Then never finished all the sizes I have cut out (in fact they are still sitting in my to-do box)!! So I hope that with just a few hours of sewing, I will have a few of these to sell at my markets or online come summer and warmer weather.

In the meantime, I thought I would share so you can perhaps make them yourself.

Ceci Shorts by Petite Kids Boutique
Before I make any pattern, I do a search on google images to see what others have made. Not to directly copy, but more for inspiration. Have they made a dress with cord or denim and how does that look (sit, sew etc) compared to cotton. Or what variations, changes have they made to the pattern that might increase the scope of what I could create.
I did this for the Cecil Shorts and saw an example using Amy Butler’s Lotus collection – Wallflower in Cherry (plenty here at Hawthorne Threads). I had some in my stash and just couldn’t go past making them the same. So yep, I just copied the designer!! Whoops!

This pattern is available in size 12 months to 8 years. It has a separate pattern piece for the back and front – which means there is the etc room for the bum. It is a little more involved than a simple shorts pattern but that is what I was looking for. Some visual interest in for little girls shorts. My Miss 5 doesn’t wear shorts much so I was hoping the addition of cute little ties and big pockets would make a difference – and to her they did!

You can see the cute ties and pocket here! Love!


Will I make this again? - absolutely.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – I will have a few available via Lil Pip but my business partner has an even cuter pattern so I will leave the short creation to her from now on.

Pattern: Ceci Shorts by Petite Kids Boutique available via Etsy or Craftsy or You Can Make This
Fabric: Amy Butler’s Lotus collection – Wallflower and Full Moon in Polkadot in Cherry Hawthorne Threads or readily available online

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): Quite an easy pattern but a little extra time in the details so I rate this a 4
Time: Allow 1 – 1.5 hours to whip this one up!

(Lil Pip has received no payment or sponsorship for this review – I do it because I want to share my experiences)


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