[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f ya haven't noticed, my girls are pretty active.  As are 99.9% of toddlers.  With their new found love of running, climbing, and outdoor play, we needed some outfits to compliment this exploration.  Shorts, in particular.  So, I tried out the Simplicity 5982 pattern and have to say...it was a success!

The size 2 shorts fit my girls perfectly.  At first, I was a little nervous about the shorts pattern because it calls for side seams and as I've mentioned before, I'm not that big of a fan.  But, these shorts really were pretty simple to make and didn't take that long either.  I was able to make three pairs of shorts (one size 4 and two size 2's) out of 1/2 yard of fabric so they were pretty cost-effective as well.

I also added the pink ruffle at the bottom (used scrap fabric from this outfit) for an extra dose of cuteness.  I just adore ruffles.  To add the ruffle, I cut a two inch strip of fabric longer than the width of the pant legs (I think I did a 23" strip but please don't hold me to it...I forgot to write it down!), folded it over, and pressed the seam. After that, I made the strip into a loop and added a seam.  Once it was in a circular shape, I ran a gathering thread along the raw edge and then pulled it tighter so it would be the same circumference of the shorts leg. Then, I pinned the raw edge of the ruffle to the raw end of the shorts leg (make sure to pin right sides together with the right side of the ruffle up against the right side of the shorts).  Finally, I ran a straight stitch to get the ruffle in place and then did a zig-zag strip over the whole thing to keep it extra secure.  Voila, a ruffle has been added!

This probably sounds silly, but after we watched the documentary on sea turtles, I have been obsessed with them.  So, when I found this A-dorable sea turtle applique in my files, I just had to use it.  I used the scrap material from the shorts and ruffles on the sea turtle; making this Wal-Mart shirt a million times cuter.

Finally, I used one of my new favorite fonts, Dottie (don't you love the name Abby?!) to embroider their names at the bottom of the shirts.  With twins, having their names or initials makes it so much easier for teachers and friends to tell them apart.  Thank goodness I have a sewing machine or I would be spending some major bucks!

Appliqued shirts and coordinating shorts are perfect for boy and girl toddlers.  To make the shorts go with more than just one shirt, I can dress the girls in just a pink shirt, or monogram a white shirt in pink and green.  Or, I can find another applique that would look cute in those colors and have just one more shirt to add to the mix.  This is a great way to get a lot of uses out of just one pair of shorts.  Try it for yourself!

Hope you enjoyed!  Get ready...I've got some stinkin' cute bathing suites coming your way :)

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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