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Henri Long Shorts in Portugal

New Townmouse Pattern - the Henri Long Shorts

There is a new pattern in my Etsy store.  This one is for boys. It's called the Henri Long Shorts.

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When I was growing up my Australian godmother was living in Paris with her young family.  Every Christmas they would come home to Australia for a visit.  Her son, at 5 or 6, always looked terribly dapper in his long shorts and polo shirts.  It was a very different look to that sported by Aussie children in the 1970s.

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This pattern was very much inspired by the French style brought home to Melbourne by my godmother.

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I've just spent a lovely morning looking through my collection of family photos.  

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Over many summers these long shorts were all my boys wore. They had about 6 pairs each.  All their summer shenanigans took place in their long shorts.

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Fighting, jumping, racing, digging, fishing, you name it.  The shorts stood up to the task.

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And then if I needed to smarten them up for a more formal occasion, the shorts did the job paired with a polo top or shirt.

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Here we are trying to get a nice photo for Daddy's office.

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Not the greatest photo of Adelaide - it looks like someone has stuck a pin in her.

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The Henri Long Shorts are a very simple pattern to make. They are ideal for the beginner seamstress.  I've rated them One cotton reel out of Five.

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Do you like my cotton reel graphic? I had fun drawing that in Illustrator.

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The shorts feature a gathered waist and 4 patch pockets. All you need is around a metre of fabric (yardage for each size is detailed in the pattern listing) and about half a metre of 1 inch elastic. They suit a range of fabrics from denim, linen, cotton, seersucker or cotton canvas.

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If you make a pair, please tag your photos with #townmousepatterns on Instagram or post them in the Townmouse Patterns Flickr group.  

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To entice you to try them, please use the coupon code "hellohenri" to get 10% off any patterns purchased before Sunday 16th August. Happy sewing.



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