Back to the 70’s

retro look 4

When I showed my brother the Prefontaine shorts I was working on he remarked “Ah! Steve Prefontaine.”
“Er! Do you know who he is?” I said
“Yes, he was a long distance runner in the 70s, who wore shorts like that.”

I looked him up on Google and also found out that he competed in the 1972 Olympics and once held the American record in seven different distance track events. He was known for his mustache and his long hair that parted as he ran. Tragically, in 1975 he died in a car accident, he was only 24 years old.

So, I assume the Prefontaine shorts were named in honour Steve Prefontaine, one of the greatest Ameriacn runners of all time. [Silence please.]



So there you have it, incase like me, you didn’t have it before.

retro look 3

I have always liked this style of retro shorts but these days I would prefer to cover my legs with longs rather than shorts. Some things are best left to the younger generation, in saying that I am writing this post wearing a denim OnePiece but we won’t go there.

The pattern for the shorts is a bonus pattern if you pay $24 or more for Perfect Pattern Parcel#2.

I made the shorts as a present for my friends’ 8 year old daughter. Don’t worry, I have learnt from my previous experiences and from some of your advice, only to make things for those you know will appreciate it. Well, my friend Kerry is a girl I know will appreciate it. In fact she has made some amazing things for my daughters in the past.

The pattern says the shorts are quick and easy to stitch up, but I was left saying “Are we there yet?” like an impatient child on a long car journey. And the closer I got, the more excited I became.

I initially intended for the shorts to be a bright, bold colour, in keeping with the retro style. But the silver jersey fabric kept calling out to be used again, so I obliged. I already had white bias binding so I trimmed the shorts with that rather than use an unwanted t-shirt like the pattern suggested.

Though not quick for me, they were easy to make, I would have liked more images in the pattern to guide me along the way, but I managed without.

retro look 2

The shorts are a perfect addition to the pink retro duffel bag I had made, following this tutorial. It was simple to make and if you want to adjust the size there is another tutorial here that tells you the formula.

I am as pleased as punch with the Prefontaine shorts, Darcy was a little reluctant to take them off, so I will have to make some for her too. But why stop there? I’ll just make some for Scout while I’m at it.

The retro bag is totally my style. Never mind the girls, I’m making another one of these for myself.

retro look 1

Imagine an 8 year old girl turning up at the track wearing silver Prefontaine shorts carrying a pink retro duffle bag, even if she ran like Pheobe, she’d still look cool.

retro look 5

I have really enjoyed sewing Perfect Pattern Parcel#2. Four out of six is not bad. I still want to sew the  September Dress by Too Sweets Patterns and 
Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations but it won’t be before 18th April when the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 sale ends.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

If you are thinking of purchasing Parcel #2 and need more inspiration you could check out these blogs, a mighty fine bunch of talented ladies:

Shawnta Sews
P comme Plimplim
While she was sleeping
stitched together
Sew Like My Mom
Marina Bebe
Call Ajaire
I Married Superman
Girl like the sea
Compagnie M.
floating world
fake it while you make it
Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Our Chez Nous
Behind the Hedgerow
2 little hooligans
Siestas & Sewing
So Cal Sewing Mom
lauren dahl
La gang à Nat
Frances Suzanne
Radiant Home Studio
Modern Handmade
A Jennuine Life
It’s Always Autumn
lea & lars
I Seam Stressed
So, Zo… What do you know?
Andrea’s Notebook
Steph Skardal
Made With Moxie
imagine gnats
Inder Loves Folk Art

4 thoughts on “Back to the 70’s

  1. I did name the pattern after Pre. I loved his style and attitude. He was on of the greats. And silver Prefontaines? Just awesome. Never mind your attention to detail to also make a retro duffle, take photos on the track and filter your pictures. Well done. (applauds)


  2. They’re great!! What I love is the individuality of hand made items, who else is gonna be in silver retro shorts this year?!! I like the back story too…very touching x


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