First up was a skirt/skort/whatever we're calling it for the resident bee lover. I used the Favorite Things Little Smarty Pants pattern as a starting point. I chose it partially because it has a separate waistband and partially because she was wearing her linen bermudas from that pattern when I started. I'm not sure I would have thought of it otherwise! Since she is growing up but not out, they still fit her well, so I didn't even have to trace off a new size -- two years later.
I cut the shorts at the notches for the cuff fold-line and the waistband pieces as normal. For the skirt (size 3 width, approx. size 5 length), I used two 7" strips. The top tier was 33 3/4" and the bottom was 53 3/8". I followed the instructions for the capris up until the waistband is attached to the legs. At that point I gathered the top tier to fit the top of the shorts, basted it in place and then applied the waistband. Then I added the bottom tier and sewed a narrow hem. I also narrow hemmed the shorts and added a row of shirring to make them more bloomer-ish.
|Elastic at back waist|