EM – Be Active Shorts

When I first saw this pattern, I thought the shorts were so cute! I have been looking for more patterns to use up some of my athletic scraps, and this one is perfect! I have not seen many waistbands around like these shorts have and was excited at the opportunity to sew them up.


The Be Active Shorts by Ellie & Mac are on sale for $1 today for Wacky Wednesday! And, all patterns are on sale for 50% off all month long for back to school. A great time to snatch up those EM patterns you’ve been eyeing!

For my first go with this pattern, I opted to use some leftover circular knit from Phee Fabrics for the main fabric, and this athletic fabric from Boho Fabrics for the accent on the bottoms. I knew the fabrics had good drape and would look like basketball shorts once sewn up!


I decided to go with a 3T, even though the Little technically measured into the 2T. I almost always size up when making me made clothing for him so that it lasts longer… kids grow fast!


The only change to the pattern I made was to add about 3/4″ to the bottom. I prefer to hem with a 1″ hem allowance, and wanted to make sure I didn’t lose any length. I have found that larger hems, on both my clothing and his clothing, prevent hems flipping up to show the wrong side. The pattern calls for a 1/2″ hem allowance.


The waistband was a fun technique. I have been looking for patterns that have this look, and couldn’t quite get it right on my own. This pattern calls for three rows of 3/8″ elastic in individual casings-duh! It works so well, that I may have to copy this technique for myself. When installing the elastic, the pattern tells you to close the casings after all three layers of elastic are installed. I decided to close each casing as I went, and it worked beautifully.


I really like this pattern and have another pair ready to go! I had a bit of trouble getting the color blocked edges lined up perfectly, but that is definitely maker error and trying to sew too fast. 🙂

What do you think of this pattern? Do you also have a Little that chooses their own clothes? 🙂 🙂 Boots are a favorite in this house. Even on 109 degree days!


Find the pattern here.
Boho Fabrics referral is here.
Phee Fabrics referral is here.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!


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