Posts Tagged ‘ shorts ’

Note to self, copy these

So simple and happy. Colorblocking = cheery + uses up scraps.

raglan ts

Bet those pockets are fake. Must remember to topstitch more of his clothes to make them look more professional. That little tie’s probably sewn on, too. Not spending $8/pair on everyday baby shorts, not when I have patterns and stashes.

 

shorts

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Shorts!

Can you tell which are handmade and which are from the store?

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Shorts! Lots.

Stash khaki fabric used to mock up a Christmas outfit. Liked them so much, I yanked the turquoise basting and restitched for real.

Camouflage cotton cut from an old skirt of mine that’s now too short.

Denim skulls also cut from a skirt from the same wonderful pattern, so also too short. The denim was tricky – I ran out of fabric so had to craft a waistband from denim scraps lined with light black cotton. But it worked.

Not pictured: Navy terry scraps from a nephew’s baby romper. These have a slightly wider waistband  — I didn’t fold the hem under inside but instead zig zagged it down to reduce some of the bulk of the fabric. The knit won’t unravel.

All have grosgrain tags stitched into the back of the waistband so it’s easy to tell back from front.

How to… sew a lot at a time

In sum, you work an assembly line. You do lots of the same thing in a sitting.

I traced and cut four pairs of boxers in one sitting. Same pattern, same markers, same lengths of cotton in four designs. Traced then cut. Then pinned them all.

Sometimes, the assembly line is the way to go.

Now it’s time for a bunch of sewing. Two piles make it all go faster.

White thread on the left, black on the right:

sewing pile, white on left, black on right

White part of baby shirt, blue on white Star Wars boxers, green on white shamrock boxers:

white thread pile

Marvel comic printed boxers, camouflage baby shorts, denim baby shorts. Green boxers — that one actually needs its own thread.

Black thread pile

Right now, the machine is threaded with black. I ran a bunch of seams already.

Black thread pile

No rushing, but step by step. This is how I have to manage with so little sewing time at a time.

Kids Clothes Week, delayed edition

My parents ended up spending that whole week with us. Only downside to that, and I do mean the only, was that I got done zero sewing that whole week.

I am late in getting my upcycled projects made:

Shorts finally cut from camo skirt.

camoflage skirt

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Same shorts from skullie denim skirt. This was a really tight squeeze, so the inside of the waistband might have to come from something else.

 

skull denim skirt

 

And while at it, more shorts cut from an old remnant of navy terrycloth I had bought to make a romper for a now-8-year-old nephew.

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Pile of t-shirts and sweatshirts to cannibalize remain in a pile in the sewing room. Mr. B could use some decent sweats…

Baby pants with pockets: A Christmas rehearsal

Mr. Baby was going to wear shorts for Christmas. This was certain. Ideally, they’d have flat fronts.

Flat-front baby pants, though, are hard to come by. So by December, I turned to eBay for this out of print number, Simplicity 2907, thinking these might actually be flat front. Or maybe it’d be easy enough to make the fronts flat using the technique from the above freebie since these pants are made from four pieces instead of two.

S2907

I had to try them out. I pulled some red corduroy from the stash that came years ago from the Ravenswood Manor yard sale.

I love them.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

I cut the pattern as directed. When the instructions wanted the tiny pocket edges hemmed, I decided to line them with some cotton scraps so they’d have smoother, cleaner lines.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Lining in general was a smart move. But choosing black and white polka dots for the red pants was perhaps a misstep. Really cute print but shows more than I like.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

Carefully topstitched the pockets, the leg seams, the hems.

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

pants O red cords w pockets s2907 size 1/2 18 mos

My mister wonders if they’re too much for Mr. Baby to pull off? From what I know about this small person, there’s no way. Thinking to put them on him with a white printed shirt and some sweet black hightop Chuck Taylors.

Love/hate with PDF patterns – how to simplify assembly for baby clothes



DSCF5121PDF patterns. So great to get them instantly. So many are free online or very inexpensive.

But I hate wasting limited crafty time cutting and taping together, especially now with teeny clothes that Mr. Baby outgrows every few months and that are made from teeny pieces.

Like these shorts, which come as a free download in 6 sizes, and are functional and simple. The first round I printed out and assembled. But then an idea came to me:

Print the whole thing out again, I told myself. Tape the damn paper pieces together. Then separate the components – the front, the back, the waistband.

PDF shorts pattern

Look! Each is still tiny enough each to fit on the copier. SO COPY EACH ONE using legal paper or 11 x 17 paper if necessary. Keep those master components with the tape on them so the next size up can just be copied again and cut out in a bigger size.

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Should work for this little raglan shirt pattern, too, which goes up to size 6.

Earmarked for warmer weather

It only takes about 1/3 of a yard of fabric to make shorts for Mr. Baby, who’ll be about 18 months old when the cold breaks, and about 1/2 a yard for simple pants.

Which means some old duds can turn into useful clothes for him.

This skirt fit ok, but I was 28 then. Skull denim!

skull denim skirt

Same pattern in camo. Used to be a Fitz summer uniform but now way too short.

camoflage skirt

These pants will shorten into shorts for me, and the excess leaves enough for shorts or even pants for him.

striped pants

Lots of denim scraps.

denim pieces

And this goofy dress  – enough fabric for a whole romper – is a perfect green giant plaid for him. Who else can credibly wear giant green plaid?

green plaid dress