sewing: bubble shorts tutorial and Hosh Pants

This post is written by Monica of Adirondack Inspired.

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Hi Gnats readers, I’m so happy to be back over here again. Today, I wanted to show you how to turn the Hosh Pants pattern into some bubble shorts.

I’ll also show you the Hosh in their natural glory, don’t worry. But, I really wanted to make some bubble shorts and bloomers for my almost-three-year-old this summer. She will be three, and this is the last summer of baby legs and bellies, if memory serves me right. Excuse me while I go cry for a minute. Okay, I’m back. So, let’s get into how to turn a skinny-leg pant into a pair of these…

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Whenever I am going to manipulate a pattern, I always trace the pattern and then mark the seam allowances. Sometimes this isn’t really necessary, but wonky things can happen when you don’t. Plus, I don’t always remember to account for them when making measurements. For me, it’s much easier to draw in those seam allowances, and then work off the actual pattern piece. I’m in the minority of people that prefers patterns without the seam allowances added in. Check the pattern to see what the seam allowances are for your specific pattern.

Now erase the seam allowance line, and you have the pure pattern to work with. Now let’s make some shorts. Measure a pair of shorts that fit your child. Now draw a line straight down from the end of the curved inseam lines. I’ve marked all of these changes in red. Then I added a line in purple that was adding in the seam allowance I would need for an elastic hem casing. I’m going to use 1/4″ elastic to gather up the leg openings.

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Great start. Now, measure your kids leg and roughly double it. I had a measurement of 10-3/4 inches for my girl, so doubled it is (roughly) 20 inches. Slice down the middle of the pattern and spread it until the leg opening of your pattern is twenty inches. Trace this newer, wider pattern.

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The top curve issue is a little wonky looking, but don’t worry about how to connect that. What we’re going to do is simply connect the front and back rise with a straight line. The Hosh Pants pattern has a fantastic method of making a flat front with adjustable back waistband, but we’re going to skip that for these.  Instead, just measure up for a simple elastic waist. I used 1-inch elastic, so my seam allowance was 1 and 1/4 inches.

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bubble shorts tutorial

bubble shorts tutorial

And there you are, you just made yourself a pattern. What I need for my baby girl are lightweight comfy bubble shorts/bloomers to go under some short dresses, and these are perfect.  I may try a few different variations of this, and you should too. Like keeping the original waistband and using box pleats at the top! Sounds cute, no?

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And hey, look who just learned to ‘fake smile!’  Love it.

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And a peak at my most-favorite traditional Hosh Pants…she wears these bright green pants constantly.  I love ’em!  Check out other versions of ye olde hosh pants here and here.

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Monica Swift

After a brief sewing stint in the fifth grade, I picked it up again 20 years later.Sewing is my yoga.Otherwise, you can find me being mauled by my three children, enjoying the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, or drinking wine.

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10 Responses to sewing: bubble shorts tutorial and Hosh Pants

  1. Roxanne April 7, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    I was already sold on getting the collection but if I was not, making bubble shorts from the Hosh Pants pattern would have pushed be over the edge. Awesome!

  2. Ajaire April 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    So cool Monica!

  3. Emily April 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    this is great! I’m totally going to try this. I just want wanted to let you know that I’ve put together a post called 20+ free sewing patterns for kids and this is part of it!! I’ve spread the word all around and I hope you will see some extra visits ;o) Emily

  4. Holli Coats April 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    LOVE this! You inspired me to try my hand at some using the adjustable waistband and a pleated front. I just blogged about it here

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. DIY For Days March 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    This was such a helpful tutorial in some Bubble Scrunch Shorts I made! I ended up doing a cuffed hem instead of the elastic, but my daughter loves them!

  6. Janet Allen Vandermeulen June 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Cute idea but…the top curve isn’t wonky, it’s correctly trued. Changing that to a straight line un-trues it. You’ll end up with a dip in center-front and a peak in center-back.

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