At Sew4Home, we're way too busy coming up with great projects to participate in traditional R&R: rest and relaxation! Instead, here in our studios, R&R stands for: "Re-imagine & Renovate." It's all about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. How you combine fabric in a project gives you an unlimited number of beautiful end results. The original project on which today's pretty PJ shorts are based was a Valentine's Day His & Her combo. Today, we've recreated just the "Hers" version with its pretty satin ribbon at the waist and kicky bottom ruffle. The Juliet fabric by Anna Griffin has a wonderfully soft palette and the ruffle/waistband fabric features a beautiful pearl finish. We show you how to make a pattern using an existing pair of your favorite shorts. Super easy, super comfy and super cute.
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We used the following fabrics and ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat for our new Sleep Shorts:
For the main shorts: 1 - 1½ yards of 44-45" Damask in Gold (item #CF-1401-3) from the Juliet collection by Anna Griffin. The exact cut depends on the chosen length of your shorts; see the Getting Started section in the original tutorial for cutting directions.
For the waistband and ruffles: ½ yard of 44-45" Love Birds in Pearl Blue (Item #CF1407-3) from the Juliet collection by Anna Griffin.
For the ties: 2 yards of 1½" wide double faced satin ribbon in light blue (item #049).
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Dreamy Sleep Shorts, go to the original tutorial:
Our new shorts were sewn exactly like the original.
Hints and Tips
Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Debbie Guild