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5.16.2016

Summer of Sewing--Domi Sweatpants

 Eeeeek! These shorts turned super adorable! From all the little details of the pockets to the size, these turned out absolutely cute as a wearable muslin. The fabric that I used is left over from another top-secret project, but it was the perfect weight for these shorts. JoAnn fabrics carries this slate gray ponte knit and it is a dream work with. With a coupon (or on sale) it is very reasonably priced too! Good quality knits are hard to find, but as the demand grows they are becoming more popular and easy to find.
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I was actually looking for a pattern to sew for my son when I found this pattern on UpCraft Club (affiliate link). The Domi Sweatpants pattern by Sofilantjes is a unisex pattern suitable for knit fabric. Three lengths are included: full length, mid calf length, and shorts. The full length and calf length also include leg cuffs, which was what I was originally going to make and then decided on making shorts instead. The waistband (and optional leg cuffs) can be made from ribbing if desired. A faux drawstring may also be added. Two pocket styles are included--a round shallow pocket or a square deeper pocket. With so many options and sizes available, it is possible to use this one pattern year round for several years. The pattern includes size 12 month thru 14.
Let's talk about  my version. I sewed these shorts in size 12 months. According to her measurements she fits exactly into a 12 month. These are a close fitting short so knit fabric is definitely needed. I chose to make the cute little round pockets. This was the first time that I made pockets like these and I really like how they look. I think I may try this technique on a sweatshirt sometime.
I didn't have a dark colored ribbing and since I was going for a solid color, I made the waistband out of the same fabric as the shorts. Since my fabric does not have a large stretch or any Lycra, I added one inch elastic into the waistband to help hold them up.
I really love the length of these shorts. When I was making them I was afraid they would be super short, but they hit just above her knees. Perfect! (I received this pattern for free. I wasn't required to write a blog post about it, nor was I required to share about the pattern on social media. I only share with my readers those products and services that I love.)

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