she's crafty (sort of)

I said I had some crafty goodness to share, so here is some of it. I hope to have more later in the week.

I have been loving these shorts/short pants since seeing them here. Since I am really trying to make more attempts at sewing these seemed like an easy enough project to tackle.

First I tried to modify the pattern, because she says they fit most 4 - 10 year olds, and Henry does not fall into that category. And he's skinny. So I used a pair of his shorts that are a favorite of mine and that fit him well to modify the pattern a bit. I think it took me about 30 minutes or so from start to finish and that was mostly my fault. First my machine jammed up and then I read the tutorial wrong and had to rip out a seam (or two, but who's counting?).

They didn't turn out too bad for a first attempt, but I do have some corrections to make. They sit a little low for my taste. I'm not a fan of low-riders, especially on toddlers. So I need to bring the waist up a bit. No problem. But then there's this . . . .

See in that picture above it looks like the boy is clenching his butt cheeks? He's not, it's more like a wedgie (that's my fault, too). I'm not sure what part of the pants this would be technically called, but I'll just say that the crotch area is a bit snug. This is what I need to correct on the next pair. If I can master this we may have a new uniform around here, because these are the cutest little pants around and perfect for this little guy to get muddy, wet, popsicle stained, paint-splattered, etc. Any helpful sizing tips out there for this total novice?


  1. The fabric is great. I like how you got it to match up at the seams. But I am sorry - no tips on your problem.

  2. love the pants. and for the record, my daughter almost always has a wedgie :) one size does not fit all crotches (that sounds crude, sorry - but it's true).

  3. thank you! matching up the seams was pretty easy. molly, diane at Mackville Road sent me a link to a great tip at :
    sewmamasew .
    I haven't tried it yet, but hope to tonight.

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