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Design Challenge - Cut & Sew Shorts

02 August 2018 20:24


Following on from last month's design challenge, this month's challenge is Cut & Sew Shorts.

If you sew for boys, (and even if you don't!)  this is your chance to design something with them in mind.  Mothers and Grandmothers of boys often complain at the dearth of suitable fabric for making boys' clothes.  

But girls wear shorts, too, so you can go to town with co-ordinating trims, frills, fancy pockets, etc.

There are lots of ideas for shorts of all kinds on Pinterest, including my board Dressmaking for Children.

One of my customers said she hadn't designed anything last month because she wasn't sure how to go about creating a Cut & Sew kit.  Good point!  So, last week's blog post was a tutorial  -  how to create a pattern and make it into a Cut & Sew kit.  You can find the tutorial under the heading Creating a Cut & Sew Kit on the blog.  My pattern is for shorts with a bib and straps.  It is taking quite a while to put together, but simple shorts shouldn't be too difficult!

Create your kit to fit either onto 2 fat quarters - 112cms x 50cms, or onto a metre square, depending on the complexity of your pattern and the size you make.  Please include the size(s) on the kit, and also the instructions, or directions to online instructions.  (If you want to write the instructions as a tutorial, I may be persuaded to put it on the blog!  If you do that, I'll give you the url for the page for you to include on your kit.)

If you would like to make your design public (which I hope you will, especially if you've put a lot of time and effort into it!) then order a swatch of the design using voucher code SHORTS.  You won't have to pay anything (but you do have to go through the payment process), I won't print your fabric, but you will then be able to make your design public.  Having said that, we're having trouble with last month's code.  If you try to make your design public and it doesn't work, please get in touch.  The code is valid till the closing date, which is August 14th.

If you want to make your kit up before the end of the competition, you can use the voucher code to get £2.50 off your order.  Order either 2 fqs or 1 150cm metre, depending on the size of your design.  If you order a metre, use voucher code SKIRT2.  This will give you a square metre with a total of £9 off.  


Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your account and design.  (So I can find the right one!)  This is the name you use on your account, please.  It's the one on the black ribbon at the top of the screen when you log into your account.  I need this name to find your design.  There's no need to send me a link as this will not work until your design has been made public.  Without the correct name, it is very time-consuming for me to find your design, so your entry may not be included.    

You may also upload your design to our Facebook page.  I will put any not already uploaded onto Facebook after the closing date.   In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.   We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.  If you're on Instagram, you can post your design there, with the hashtag #pmpdesignchallenge.  I'll regram some of them.  (Likes from there won't be counted.)

You will need to make your design public; order a swatch using voucher code SHORTS.  This will enable you to order without paying.  I won't print the fabric, but you will then be able to make it public.  If you would like your fabric printed, please see above.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a Cut & Sew shorts panel for a baby, toddler or small(ish) child.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  However, for this challenge you will need to use Centre.

To take part:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, August 14th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.  You can also say a little about the inspiration behind your design, if you wish.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, August 14th, after which designs will be displayed on Facebook and on the blog.  Any designs uploaded to Facebook after the closing date may be removed.

By entering, you agree to our challenge terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme Cut & Sew Shorts. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions or challenges.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the challenge, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

All designs entered into the challenge will be made public on our web site without charge and will be available for sale.   The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!