I always always always wanted a special patriotic outfit for the 4th of July when I was a kid. Since I’ve been grown up, I always manage to throw something together for myself in the appropriate color scheme. Maybe someday I’ll make myself the dress with ruffles alternating between stars and stripes that I dreamed of as a little girl.
For my little girl I made this.

I’m not really satisfied with the photos. By the time the sun had gone down enough to get a decent one, the shorts were all wrinkled from being worn all day.
I love the shorts though, even if I don’t have a great photo of them. Yep, that’s the fly I’m so proud of. I still need to put a button or hook at the top, see it pulls a bit? That’s why, no button.
I rather like the tank as well. I thought that was going to be a 20 minute little project, but I failed to consider that I was using my new serger for the first time, so by the time I figured out how to actually use the machine and then got the feel for how it sews I’d spent 3 days sewing time on it (swear word).
I didn’t think I’d have time for the shorts. I was expecting a fight figuring out that fly. (I should have counted the times I had to unzip my own pants and examine them during the process) But I whipped those out the afternoon of the third and still had time to make a pair of overalls for Tiny Boy.
The overalls weren’t blessed with the same good fortune as the shorts, so I need to revise a few things before I post about them, but I’ll get to it soon.
Here’s what I ended up with when I tried photographing the sorts mid-day when they were still wrinkle-free.

I love the high waist, hate the blaring sun.


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