shorts for Ava (and a pattern giveaway!)

I seem to be sewing up a storm for little Ava lately…which makes sense because

A: my other girls were summer newborns, so the clothes they wore are off season right now.
B: tiny baby clothes are irresistible
C: I freaking love to sew.

As I mentioned before, I pattern tested Dana’s new shorts pattern earlier in the month, and these were the second round of shorts! I had to try out the racer short version, and play around with the pockets a little. And of course, each pair needed a matching onesie. It’s just common sense.ย  All of these shorts were made with 3/4″ elastic and in the 12 mo size, and I also shortened the hem 1/2″.

So: racer shorts. LOVED these. I used some fantastic bias tape that I’ve been hoarding, purchased from this shop. Tip: I found that sewing through the bias tape while sewing the waistband was going to be too thick for my machine, so I just sewed up to the tape, back stitched, then started sewing on the other side. Worked fine! The fabric is from Riley Blake by Tasha Noel.

The onesie I made using my ric rac flower tutorial and some buttons, sewn right onto the onesie! Easy and cute.

I also trimmed these gray polka dot shorts with some fuschia piping-love how that combo turned out. The fabric is Bubbles in Gray from Lily Bella Fabrics. The stencil is the same one I used for my dresser redo! Although I think Rory may have accidentally thrown it away after I used it for the onesie, cause I can’t find it anywhere and it WAS trash night. Sad day.

Kind of my favorite onesie! I just used tape and some fabric paint to create the stripes across the front-sliding some cardboard inside to protect the back (I did the same with the stenciled onesie above) Then I sewed on a few buttons to bring in the yellow of the shorts-which I did the same pockets with some ric rac trim. Fun!

ย So how’d you like to win the pattern for yourself? Sweet, cause we’re giving away a copy of the Kid Shorts pattern to 3 winners! yippee! Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Lovely giveaway. I’m off to join in. Sue x

  2. The racer shorts are gorgeous, as your daughter Ava.

  3. Oh i hope to win the Pattern, i love these!
    Fingers crossed

  4. So so cute! I love them all! Definitely love the striped onesie especially, stripes and polka dots, they get me every time ๐Ÿ™‚
    Heidi @

  5. All three of these looks are adorable! Wow!

  6. love the polka dotted pair… how cute?!

  7. I can’t get over how much Ava looks like Charlotte in those pictures! She’s so adorable!

  8. Oooh, she’s a cutie! And I think those shorts with the pink piping are my favorite! What a great color combo!

  9. LOVE these! I’m not able to enter the contest, as I don’t have a Facebook account…so about 5 seconds ago, I went and bought my own copy of the pattern from Dana’s site! haha. Can’t wait to make my daughter some shorts!

  10. Love giveaways like this. But hate them at the same time. Everything has a facebook entry. And I am not on facebook. Thanks anyway.

  11. Such cute outfits! I’m getting excited about this pattern, I just won it from another blog’s giveaway, looking forward to sewing some baby girl shorts for my daughter too (and my son, of course not girlie ones though;)).

  12. Those are freakin’ adorable! I hadn’t seen this pattern yet. I love that your raffle copter didn’t have a billion and fifteen entries…I usually get annoyed because bloglovin slows them down so much I usually give up after a couple entries. I so excited about this pattern, and I love what you did with it!

  13. Taylor {C.} says

    I just had to comment!!! Those are ADORABLE! So sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the details and the color combos on the onesies…precious. Many blessings!

  14. Jess, how do you do it??? How do you combine fabric/pattern/colours so beautifully!!! It is an art… one that I struggle with each and every time I have my heart set on sewing something… I think from now on, I will strop struggling and instead, just copy your colour/fabric combos!!! Thank you for the amazing inspiration! Love lovel love your work!


  15. it’s so cute, very well done, have a good day.

  16. Cute outfits! I LOVE the ric-rac flower tee.

  17. I love them! Wish me luck in your giveaway ๐Ÿ˜‰ melxox

  18. How can one so young have such an awesome wardrobe?!

  19. I just love everything you sew…I sure wish I could get some lessons from you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I sew too,but you make everything look store bought…just perfect!! Thanks for always haring!

  20. I just LOVE ALL THE VERSIONS YOU DID!!!! Thanks Linda:-)

  21. So cute Jess! All the outfits are just perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Thanks for the giveaway but I’m not on Facebook, so I can’t enter. ๐Ÿ™ You should have an extra entry for those of us not on Facebook.
    Also, I constantly marvel at how you are able to sew all the time. I have 3 young ones as well and my littlest is 9 months old and he is very needy! I can only squeeze in sewing time during nap time or at night!!
    You’re sewing skills are amazing!

    tanealb1 at gmail (dot) com

  23. Not on facebook, but wanted to comment that the shorts are SOOOOOOO cute! Need to save my egg money so I can buy this pattern!

  24. I love love love the racer shorts! so completely adorable!

  25. As are all of your projects….AWESOME!!

  26. Reason number 4 you make the cutest clothes and girls.

  27. I love love love these outfits. I was thinking today I need to make some shorts for my littlest girl. There just aren’t very many cute shorts patterns out there.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Oh! These shorts are adorable! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

  29. oh my gosh, I’m just seeing these photos now! Love love love it! ah. those racers are darling!
    thanks for sharing Jess ๐Ÿ™‚


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