there are four new pairs of shorts in this house. they are all in knit fabric, most of it repurposed from thrift shop finds. they all appeared little by little over the past few weeks and they are about the only things being made. it’s not exactly the onceler factory over here. the slow-ish pace of production is a result of two main factors–school being out for summer (recently for the public schooler and nearly three weeks ago for little J) and also the heat. combine these two factors and apparently I become a puddle of exhaustion right around the time I have no obligations. summer camp starts on monday, so let’s hope there is less puddling next week.
this is why I am actually thrilled with the shorts…they are all pretty basic but, seriously, I snuck in the cutting and stitching and ironing without passing out and sewing my hand or neglecting the kids too too much. yay for me!
this pair is made with knit fabric that was purchased at Jo-ann a while ago. the pattern is from the sewing for boys book, I think they are called bathers. I like them and C likes them, too. I finished the shorts with a twin-stitched hem and I love it! my reluctance/fear of sewing with knits was always about hemming. everything would work out just fine until it came time to hem and then a wonky hem would make everything look awful. so frustrating! that is exactly why the twin needle stitch is my new best friend. my machine has a specific twin need function and makes a nice, tidy stitch all on it’s own but it’s especially professional looking if I use a hemming tape of some kind. I happen to have a bias cut hemming tape that works perfectly. I have no idea what is called because I have had it forever, it probably has a fancy name. anyone?
C wears these shorts all the time but they turned out a little blousy in a way that I’m not crazy about.
so, the next time I made them I eliminated some of the blousy-ness by making an inverse pleat on the pattern starting at the waist down to the hem. this way I was able to eliminate the fabric in the body of the shorts without effecting the fit of the shorts in any other way. this pair is made from a pair of thrift store sweatpants…the kind of men’s sweatpants with an elasticized ankle, you know, they were popular around the time I was in high school and haven’t been seen since?
these are definitely the favorite pair. he would wear these every day if he could. they are exactly what he is looking for in shorts…stripes, comfort, elastic waist, and lightweight. he really isn’t fussy. they came together so easily, too!
look at that adorable face!
the other two pair of shorts are made of sweatshirt materials and they both have pockets. I adapted the basic pants pattern from the book growing up sew liberated by meg mcelwee.
this pair is made from a crazy sweatshirt and is boarder length (knees).
I think they are awesome but it’s been really hot here and so the sweatshirt material isn’t really a hit with C just yet. perhaps in the fall?
this pair is my favorite because I’m so proud I was able to reuse the waistband grommets for the tie. plus, I love the combination of light blue and olive. I didn’t put a hem on these because I don’t have it! it’s knit fabric!!
these have been worn but are also a little hot because of the sweatshirt material. but, they fit great. it’s so fun to make shorts like this! especially when using knit material from the thrift store! they are totally affordable ($3 each!) and easy to sew together–it’s basically three stitches; a waistband casing and hemming (if you want).
I have added these to the shorts on the line flickr pool. not because they are fancy pants styling but because I made shorts and hey! there is a shorts-making thing going on. why not? do check out the other shorts, they are incredible!