Sewing Adventures: City Gym shorts for kids

By Susan | Comments: 4 | September 9, 2014


Today I managed to clear the decks for a few hours of sewing this afternoon.


This dress has been one of my favourites for years, but the top contrast fabric and straps has been showing signs of wear and I knew it wouldn’t make another summer. The skirt however was still in great condition, so I decided to refashion it into something useful.

I’ve had the Purl Soho City Gym Shorts printed out since they were released, so I quickly taped them together and got to work.

My niece and I share similar favourite colours so I knew a pink floral would be a welcome addition to her wardrobe. For contrast binding I used a cute floral bias I got from Daiso.


It all went together fairly easily, had a slight issue with the waistband fitting to the shorts. I think I measured it incorrectly? I don’t do very well with inches and converted on the fly instead of doing it properly.

final shorts

For a quick make it has turned out well and I can’t wait to hear my very fashion conscious niece’s verdict (and I hope they fit?).


  • Amanda
    September 9, 2014

    Gah, these are too adorable! What a way to save a treasured make!

    • Susan Goodwin
      September 11, 2014

      Am so hoping she loves them? She is super adorable but has a very defined sense of style already!

  • Kirsty
    September 11, 2014

    These are gorgeous! Great save. I really like this pattern and hope to get a chance to make it up!!

    • Susan Goodwin
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks! They are so adorably cute!

      I totally want some of these shorts for the summer, think they will be great when the weather heats up.

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