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Hacking the New Horizons Portlanders Shorts

I needed a pair of shorts for my daughter for a photo shoot for a pattern I was testing.  I got the idea to do a lace overlay on the New Horizon’s Portlanders Pants and Shorts.  Click here to purchase the pattern.  They turned out perfect for the photo shoot! Here’s how I did it.


Step 1: Arrange pages and cut out the shorts line in your size. Make sure you use the layers feature to easily see what you need to cut.  You need to follow the flaired out lines for the shorts (the shorts are wider at the ends then the pants)

Step 2: Using stretch lace, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces. Don’t cut out the band with the lace.

Step 3: Go back to your paper pattern pieces.  Cut off the flaired parts of the shorts.  This will leave you with the pants width (but the shorts length line won’t change)

Step 4: using a solid knit fabric, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces, and this time, cut out the band as well (being sure to cut on the fold.

Step 5: Using only the lace, stitch the pattern as the directions say, stopping when you get to the band.  The only thing I changed was on the lace, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, instead of the recommended 3/8″ because I wanted the lace to fit over the solid knit. Once you have the lace finished, put it aside. I did NOT hem the lace because it doesn’t fray 🙂

Step 6: Using the solid knit, assemble just the shorts pieces.  Don’t do the band just yet! Use the correct seam allowance of 3/8″. I didn’t hem this pair, but I plan in doing a little hem in the future so the solid is a little shorter than the lace.

Step 7: Flip the lace and solid shorts right sides out. Place the lace shorts over the solid shorts (the wrong side of the lace should be on top of the correct side of the solid). At this point, I stitched the top of the shorts together to baste the lace and solid layers, but this isn’t necessary.

Step 8: LAST STEP! Now add the band as directed. The instructions are perfect for evenly spacing out the bands.

Now enjoy your amazing hacked shorts 🙂

Here is my daughter wearing them in her photo shoot. For the top pattern info and link, check out my blog post I did on it here.


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Reading Nook

My 7 year old LOVES to read! I had seen some ways to make a nap mat on Pinterest, so I decided to make one for my son. He has bunk beds, so the top bunk was perfect for this. The base is wood, so I purchased a foam pad at target, then covered it with an old fitted sheet. Then I bought 4 pillows and 4 pillow cases. Lastly I got him a big comfy reading pillow.

Here is how I made the nap mat. I matched the side seams on the pillows. I made sure to match the seam allowances. Then I pinned and stitched through the seams, on the insides, so you can’t see the seams. It turned out perfect!


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Sewing PDF

Ever wondered how I make my creations?  This blog post will hopefully explain that and maybe even get you to try sewing out for yourself!

Step 1: Find a pattern! I am in a lot of Facebook groups and this is how I find patterns I would like to sew. Patterns range from $4-20.  The pattern I will be talking about today was a bundled set for $14. It included girl’s sizes and women’s sizes.  This pattern is from a company called New Horizons and the pattern is “Portlanders”. Here is the link to purchase: New Horizon’s Designs (affiliated link)

Step 2: Once I purchase the pattern, I have to download and print it. Printing varies with patterns. Sometimes there are no pattern pieces and some companies you may have to print up to 30 pages! For this pattern, I printed about 28 pages.


Step 3: ASSEMBLY! This step takes me FOREVER!  And every pattern companies does theirs differently, so you have to pay attention! For this pattern, I take one end and match it to a line from a different page.  Then I tape them together.






Step 4: Now I have to cut out my pattern pieces.  The cool thing at PDF is I get all the sizes and then I can just print what I need!






Step 5: This is my LEAST favorite part – Cutting the fabric.  Some fabrics are easier to cut than others. Woven fabric doesn’t stretch and it’s general the easiest. Chiffon and silk are HORRIBLE! They move on you. Knit can be difficult.  I am using french terry and it is an easier knit to cut.  See the candle in my photo? Those weigh everything down so nothing moves.



img_4243Step 6: SEWING! Now I follow what the pattern says.  Most patterns show you a photo of what pieces you are sewing and where to stitch the lines. I can’t photograph that for copyright reasons, but the directions are quite easy to follow. For these pants, I sew up one side of one leg, then the other side of that leg, then repeat on second leg, then attach the waist band. Total time from print to finish is about 1 hour.



Last Step: ENJOY your work! These ended up as a mommy and me set. We both LOVE our pants!


Here is another one I made in a different type of material, Double Brushed Poly. You will find that material also used by a very prominent legging company.  It’s amazing and buttery soft!

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