On Friday I showed you the full-length version of the Steeplechase Leggings pattern I made for my niece, Megan, but as soon as I finished making those, I decided to throw in a shorts version, too, so she can wear them in the warmer Virginia summers.
I’d measured her in person when I had to return to the States briefly in January, and I made and posted them over in time for the pattern launch. Since I’d already cut out her size (XS) for the longer leggings, the only difference I had to make for these was just to cut along the Biker Shorts hem line instead!
All together now, the pattern description is:
These leggings have no inseams! Instead, a curved, outer seam runs from the back of the ankle up to the centre front, where it joins a separate yoke piece. There’s an optional, hidden back pocket, elasticated waistband, and your choice of three lengths: biker short, capri, or full length leggings.
These were a little bonus gift, but I still wanted to make them stylish for her so she could wear them for play, sports, or school if she wanted, so the main fabric is the very last of my adored Eclipse “Hint of Mint” supplex (which you may remember from my Mint X Back Workout Top or my Multi-Print VNA Top), but I made the yoke from offcuts from my Animal Magic Steeplechase Leggings, which I was cutting out for myself at the same time. Like the afore-mentioned VNA Top, I really like the mix of the prints here even though they weren’t designed to go together.
I love how well these shorts stand up to all the movements a 12 year old can throw at them – running, jumping, diving at the football (soccer ball) – they aren’t shifting for anything!
Megan has outdone herself styling these, too – check out the colour matching with her shirt and hair flower! If her career in the sciences doesn’t work out, she’s clearly got a talent for styling and modelling, too…
Like with her full length leggings, she’s wearing a teeshirt here so you can really only see the Animal Magic yoke when she’s moving or bending over at the back. Thankfully my Dad (aka my American Photographer!) captured a few moments when you can see the yoke!
Megan is wearing size XS here, and even though the pattern is designed for adult women, these fit her really well. There may not be many patterns on the market specifically for “tweens”, but it goes to show that the smaller sizes in a pattern range can often fit perfectly anyway!