April 04, 2013

Upcycled Boy Shorts (inspired by mini-Boden)

Before we get started today I wanted to say thank you SO, SO much for all your input on our car decision.  You guys are so stinkin' helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to share your insights.  Okay, on to today's tutorial.

When I saw these knit shorts at Mini Boden, I had a few thoughts.

1) I love how comfy they look.  I normally don't like elastic tops, but with a t-shirt out it really doesn't matter because no one sees it.
2) Who the heck pays $28 for little boy shorts?
3) If I made some of these for Baden this summer I wouldn't have to worry about buttoning his pants for him after he goes potty.
4) I could use some old shirts to make these.

Yes, all that went through my head rather quickly.  So, I whipped out an old shirt of my husband's and went to work.  I don't consider myself to be a fast sewer, but this actually is a fast project.  I promise.

While I would have loved to have had time to show you these shorts on Baden wearing a sweet outfit, running on the beach like the Mini Boden catalog, I was short on time and a beach.  He was actually excited about them and whipped off his pants to try them on.  So instead, here's my mismatched little ninja.  We probably won't be wearing these shorts with pulled up socks nor a striped tee....hopefully.

So as I mentioned, I started with an old shirt of my husband's.

I used some existing shorts to make a pattern.  Now normally the front and back pieces aren't the same on a pants/shorts pattern.  However, with a knit fabric like this and with these particular shorts I modeled them after, the front and back pieces were pretty much the same.  That made the whole process a lot easier.

I laid the pattern as shown, so I could use the existing hem for the bottom of the shorts.  Now this shirt was a bit wonky, but I made sure to line up the existing hem at the bottom of the shirt and I decided not to worry about the side seam of the shirt not being perfectly straight.

After cutting out both sides I had this.

Next I opened the short and put right sides together and sewed along the white dotted lines in the picture.  (See what I mean about that side seam not being perfect?  It doesn't really matter in the end and this way the stripes ended matching up perfectly.)

Then I folded the fabric the other direction to sew the crotch (as shown.)

I folded over the top to create a waistband, leaving a whole to insert the elastic.  I sewed it using a zigzag stitch to allow for stretch when putting them on.

I laced the elastic through them, sewed the elastic to the correct size and closed the hole.

And I'm pretty sure they'll be crazy comfy for the summer and all his ninja moves.

Thanks for reading.


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