Red/Gray Linen Shorts

Sometimes I feel like I write the words “color-blocked” a lot, so I left them out of the title although you all know that’s what these shorts are. Color-blocked. I hope you’re not feeling bored by me yet!

If you do feel a little bored with me, try to remember that no other blogger in the history of EVER has posted pictures of a pancake in a ziplock baggy while trying to feature cool boy shorts. I’m just keeping it real around here, pancakes and all.

I love color-blocking for boys and I can’t get enough. Sometimes I try a style, like it, and move on. Not with this style. I think it’s because color-blocking is a way to infuse style into boy’s clothing without using heavily printed fabrics or wild designs. I like my boys to look cool and I like them to look unique. Color-blocking gives me both those things.

This pair isn’t entirely new to you. This was my tester pair for the color-blocked shorts I blogged about for Shorts On The Line (HERE). I’m currently working on the pattern (will I ever finish, ever?) and these were the first run for a size 2T. As sometimes happens, I didn’t follow my own instructions and used the wrong seam allowance which left these shorts a little too big at the time.

Stryder has, amazingly, grown enough since then that these don’t fall straight off his bum. I also wanted to share them with you as a way to celebrate Shorts On The Line one more time and inspire you toward MORE COLOR-BLOCKING.

Plus, I just wanted to show you these pictures. That’s it, actually. That’s why I’m writing this post.

Because he is so dang cute.

OK, enough gratuitious baby gazing. I’m going to go give him a kiss in his sleep now.


For a tutorial on how to make color-blocked boy shorts like these, click HERE

  • 1 regular egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (if you add more I won’t tell)
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Follow these instructions, then put the pancake in a plastic baggie and try to keep your child from eating it while you take the pictures. 😉

Thanks for reading friends, and be sure to head over to Imagine Gnats and Small and Friendly to thank them for running Shorts On The Line. It has a place close to my heart because it celebrates something near and dear to my heart: SHORTS.

Don’t forget: for a tutorial on how to make color-blocked boy shorts like these, click HERENow, go make ’em! Until tomorrow. Mwah.