The centerpiece of this outfit is the shorts. I am inspired by Quicksilver clothing these days, and particularly so in this case. I used these shorts as my inspiration point for the quilted herringbone design. I love this kind of pattern for boys, and knew all the bright colors would work well in an asymmetrical herringbone pattern.
I created the herringbone using strips of fabric of various widths that were then pieced together and cut at a diagonal to create columns. The columns were then stitched together to create the herringbone. I used these two tutorials, here and here, as a rough guide for strip piecing and cutting. The “quilt top” I created in the process became my outer fabric for the shorts.
One I had enough fabric pieced together, I laid my pattern pieces on top (view L from Happy Homemade Vol. 2, my fave shorts pattern in the entire world) and cut them out like I would any other pair.
|Asymmetrical herringbone piecing for the shorts.|
The slash pockets in front are lined in a black print and instead of hemming the shorts I trimmed them with bias tape made from the same fabric as his shirt. One of my favorite things about a finished quilt is bias binding, so I obviously had to add some to this outfit!
I also added a notch in the side seam of the shorts, because it’s such a throwback to vintage surf shorts. This might be my favorite detail.
- Lengthened the shirt by 2″ to give it more of a Quicksilver feel
- Brought the shirt in on the sides by about 1″ to give it a slimmer fit
- Eliminated the back pleat to reduce extra bulk, again for a slimmer fit
- Altered the shape of the upper back piece to accommodate the quilted wave scene
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*All the pictures in this post were taken by my brother, Kyle Cowgill, the talent behind this hilarious channel.