Hello Again...it's Cassie Banks. I've had so much fun sewing up various versions of the Savannah shorts over the past month! When Jane asked me to pretest these, I loved the simplicity, the speed with which I could sew them up and the options I could envision for this pattern. I've sewn up several versions and wanted to share with you a few fun options for this simple but versatile pattern!
Version 1: A sporty, casual look
For this sporty, casual look, that my daughter lives in all summer, I chose a lightweight polyester blend fabric. The lighter weight of the fabric made it a tiny bit tricky to work with, but the end result was worth it! I used the Road Trip Racerback top hack for boys (found here on our blog) to make a fitted sporty top to match.
The best part about this outfit is, that after photos, she kept it on because she loves it so much!
Version 2: Pajamas
The Savannah shorts are also perfect summer, pajama shorts! I added a ruffle to make these Savannah's perfect for PJs. Don't these just make you want to lounge about? For this top, I used the Road Trip Racerback with a gathered back tutorial (a free tutorial on our website) for a looser and more relaxed fit.
Version 3: Boy's Boxer's or Pajama shorts
I'm always looking for a good excuse to sew for my son. It seems that all the projects I make time for are for my daughter. So, when I realized that the Savannah shorts were actually perfect boy's boxers, I was super excited! My 4 year old picked a "Darth Vader" themed cotton for his boxer shorts and I made a simple modification to achieve the boxer waistband look.
First, I folded the waistband down by 1/4 inch and then again by 3/4 inch, as if I were making a casing. However, I didn't sew around the fold to close it.
Then, I took 1/2" elastic, measured to the size on the chart and sewed the ends together with a 1/2" inch seam allowance. Next, I matched the back seam with the middle back of the shorts and divided the elastic in half and then into quarters marking with pins.
I matched the elastic to the quarter points of the shorts waist. Using a stretch stitch, I sewed the elastic to the shorts, stretching the elastic as I went. I sewed the first seam 3/8 inch from the top of the waistband. I then sewed a second line of stitching 1/4 inch below that. It created the perfect waistband for boy shorts!
Here they are finished! My son is super excited about his new boxer PJ bottoms and I felt good about having sewn something for him!
I hope that my versions of the Savannah shorts have helped you dream up several projects for the Savannah shorts!