I ummed and ahhed a bit about whether to put my hand up to pattern test this one. Mostly because I live in Tasmania, where we are hurtling rapidly towards winter and I wasn't sure of how much longevity this make would have (despite being in Australia, we don't really have a need for shorts in the Tassie winter!). However, I found a fabric I thought would be perfect, and I think she could wear these with a pair of navy tights over our winter too!
I previously tested the Ruffle Top pattern from E&E and was delighted to find the Bubble Pocket Shorts are just as well thought out and constructed. It's a lovely pattern with two variations - one is the classic (which I made) and the other is a sailor style front which is super super super cute. I chose to make the classic only because I was short on time (going away for work) and they are ridiculously quick to sew. Even with pattern tracing and so on I think they only took me about 3 hours or so.
I made them from a blue seersucker which has darker blue pears all over it. I accented the front with a red bow to break up the print a little. I love this picture - I asked her to "pull her top up a little to show me the whole of the shorts" hahahaha.
Another winner from E&E - she says they are comfortable (as evidenced from the picture below) and she really likes the pockets. She said something vague about them not being like other shorts - I think she feels the pocket fullness and bow make them more appealing like a skirt which is awesome news for those of us who struggle to encourage our kids into trousers and shorts!
A great compromise between her preferred skirt and the more practical shorts - necessary when there is a lot of this sort of thing going on!