Best of Summer with Imagine Gnats!

I’m excited to welcome back Rachael, of Imagine Gnats, for a Best of Summer pattern review! Rachael joined me last year for the Best of Fall series, and it’s been exciting to see her release her own debut sewing patterns since then: the Roly-Poly (which I reviewed here and here) and the new Tumble Tee. I love the hosh pants pattern  by LouBee Clothing that Rachael is sharing with us today! And just look at how she’s embracing the #BOSS hashtag below. Yesss! Take it away, girl!

i’m so excited to be hanging out here with Caila today and sharing my favorite summer pattern, the hosh pants by LouBee Clothing! plus i couldn’t resist adding in a few versions of my newest pattern, the tumble tee.

best of summer sewing

i have been having a blast sewing up summer wardrobes for my girls, and both of these patterns have been a huge part of that! i stitched up my first pair of hosh pants as part of the recent spring KCW and i found that the pattern has that perfect simplicity that i love.

when Sarah (the adorable genius behind Emmyloubeedoo and LouBee Clothing) invited me to take part in the Fancy Up Your Hosh Pants series, saying a big “yes” was a no-brainer! it was then that the fancy hosh shorts were born and i’ve been making them like crazy ever since… there were the shorts i made out of bijoux fat quarters, and this electric blue version, plus possibly some others i’ve yet to document.

best of summer sewing: hosh (short) pants meet the tumble tee

and these are my newest hosh shorts… yes, i finally sized down my size 8 version to a size 5 so that i could make them for both of my girls!

first up, i made this yellow eyelet pair for K. i constructed them as if making them reversible so that there would be no exposed seams (she has a bit of a “this is scratchy” thing happening lately). the exterior is a yellow eyelet from Jo-Ann, and the inside is a dreamy mustard shot cotton (by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster). i used just the shot cotton for the waistband, and reinforced it with Pellon® 911FF Fusible Featherweight. K is also wearing a size 8 tumble tee shirt with fold-over-elastic-bound sleeves and neckband in a solid organic knit from the fabulous Kitschy Coo shop.

best of summer sewing

i made this second pair for B out of some thin jersey knit i found in the closet. all i know is that it is apparently not 100% cotton because i tried to iron it for another project last week and that didn’t end well. oops. these shorts took maybe 20 minutes to cut out and sew up. i left the hem unfinished and finished the waistband with a thin fold-over-elastic. it was a bit of an experiment… i didn’t know if she would proclaim the waistband too itchy or tight, but i got the thumbs up! so you can bet i’ll be making these again. B is also wearing a tumble tee shirt, size 5 with slightly shortened sleeves, in a stripey pique knit from Jo-Ann (is it just me or have the knits there been kind of impressive lately?).

best of summer sewing

to see how i adapted the hosh pants into shorts, check out my post here. i think this is totally doable for an advanced beginner, as long as you’re willing to do a little fitting trial and error with your pattern hack! i love that i’m able to make hosh shorts for summer and then i can just switch back to hosh pants for fall.

best of summer sewing: hosh (short) pants meet the tumble tee

thanks again for having me today, and i hope you stop by imagine gnats to visit!

xo, rachael


  1. says

    Rachael, I love the yellow eyelet shorts. So adorable! And I’ve seen fold over elastic and was wondering how it was used, so thanks for showing where you used it!