These shorts were supposed to be done at least two weeks ago. But I guess that’s a good thing. I learned the hard, tedious, and frustrating way that muslins are so important. Even for kids clothes. Even for you. Even for me. Let me tell you about my epic failure, and why I’m here, making a case for muslins. These shorts were originally planned as part of the Kids Clothes Week, but because the tops took me a bit longer than I had planned, they were bumped to the following week. I printed out my pattern, taped it all together, and got started. These new summer shorts were turning out beautifully. I had them almost 100% completed – just the elastic casing at the waist band and the leg hemming needed to be done. I put them on Elise just to check length, really, and that’s when my blissful sewing (ha!) flew right out the window. These suckers were TIGHT. Really tight. Elise is just shy of 2 years old, and because of her cloth diapers, she’s really a 3T – 4T in RTW bottoms. We were on vacation last week, and had her in disposables, so she was fitting nicely in 18m, 24m and 2T bottoms – just to give you an idea of her sizing.