Monday 18 August 2014

Make-It Monday: Boys' Shorts

Feeling empowered by my successful attempt at making a summer dress for Elizabeth, I decided to try a pair of shorts for Toby next. 

I got the pattern for the Lazy Day Shorts from a lady I found on Facebook. Sarah is behind Made By Jack's Mum (MBJM) and she makes clothes and has also released her own sewing patterns. I explained to her that I was a novice at sewing but liked her shorts and she assured me that they were quite simple and I'd be able to make them. So I bought her pattern and she was right!

I had already purchased some dirt bike fabric a while ago, thinking it would be great made into something for Toby.   I went and dug it out, then got to work.  The pattern itself was purchased as a downloadable PDF document and it was easy to tape the pattern together - much easier than some of the other PDF patterns I've bought but haven't made yet.  I cut out my fabric and followed the well written instructions with ease and very quickly progressed through all the steps.  The most time consuming part for me was getting the elastic through the casing I'd made for it as I didn't quite sew straight and one part was therefore a little narrow....  It was all fine though and the elastic does sit flat - just!

They fit Toby really well.  These are designed to go over reusable nappies but we use disposables as well.  I was worried I'd ONLY be able to use them with the cloth nappies but they fit great either way.  The pattern comes with variations and I'm going to try the trousers next.  I'm actually excited!  I think just a cotton fabric will look too much like PJs so I need to work out how to line them I think.  I might do a bit of experimenting and/or Googling and see what I come up with.

So here they are:

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