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A Boy's Summer Staple! CKC Tucker's Shorts

Daniel recently has expressed a love for pockets. In fact, he's made me feel bad that I've made him shorts without them! Ha. He doesn't NEED pockets. He doesn't have a phone or keys yet, so he'll deal, but he wants them to store all of the little treasures little boys find. So, when you find a pattern with pockets, you obviously HAVE to sew it. I immediately knew that he would love them when I saw the tester call for CKC Tucker's. And yes, he does love them!

About the Shorts and My Fabric Choices:

This is a great little pattern full of options! I have frequently seen posts in Facebook Sewing Groups with people asking for woven shorts with a knit waistband. This one fits the bill. The shorts are drafted to be made with woven fabric. And the waistband should be made with a knit fabric with good recovery. I used a woven quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby for the legs of his shorts, and a cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress for the waistband. These worked perfectly.  From my experience, Purple Seamstress Fabric is a great price with excellent quality. The recovery is very good as well.

There is an optional drawstring, if you want to add that. Daniel's shorts do have the drawstring. You can either use cording or something purchased from the store for the drawstring, or you can make your own. The pattern includes instructions for making your own drawstring. I made the drawstring for Daniel's shorts. There are included instructions for adding buttonholes to the waistband to thread the drawstring. You alternatively could add grommets if you have them.

The side seam pockets are nice and deep. When Daniel tried the shorts on for the first time, he exclaimed, "Pockets, just like Daddy's!" I think he likes that he can fit his entire hand in the pockets! They're easy to add, and the instructions are great. There is also one back pocket, which adds a little detail to the back of the shorts.

Also included in the pattern is an optional piece to use if you wish to topstitch to give the look of a faux fly. Daniel's shorts do have this topstitching included, but it's difficult to see from the photographs! If you choose to do this, there are instructions included in the pattern.

CKC Tucker's comes in two size ranges. You can purchase the baby sizes for Newborn through 18-24 months, or you can get the Boys size range for size 2T- size 14.

As with all CKC Patterns, you'll find excellent photo instructions explaining every step in detail!

The Fit:

Based on Daniel's measurements, I made a 4T for him. Where did my baby go? 😒 He is growing so much, so fast! The fit is perfect for him though, and the hem hits him at right about the knee. I loved the fit of the shorts on him, and he seems comfortable. And, if I don't tie the drawstring too tight, they also seem easy enough for him to pull up and down for independent potty breaks, and that's definitely important.  πŸ˜‰

Overview of the Shorts:

  • two size ranges to fit children sizes NB all the way to size 14
  • deep side pockets
  • option to topstitch to give the look of a faux fly
  • back pocket 
  • drawstring (can be purchased or made - instructions for making it included)
  • great photo instructions
  • easy sew
  • ON SALE THIS WEEK! (Through SUNDAY July 8, 2018)
  • Support from the designer and fellow sewists in the CKC BOYS FACEBOOK GROUP 
These shorts are  sure to be a summer staple for your boys! Go grab one or both size ranges this week while the pattern is on sale! 

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