When I was working on that $7 quilt, I wanted something in an earth tone where the sashing strips met. I had nothing in my stash that fit the bill but I found a man’s tan plaid shirt at the thrift store, when it was 69 cent day. I grabbed it. I cut out the pieces I needed for the quilt, then I decided the leftovers would go well with khaki, so I saved them.
Fast forward a few months. The quilt is finished, I have time on my hands (HAHAHAHAHA!!!!) and I have formulated a plan. Using an old pair of my khaki pants that had a stain on them, I cut out a pair of shorts for Drake. I used the leftover shirt fabric to trim the cuffs, put the shirt pocket on the behind, and made a waist band. I used elastic in the back of the waist, but in the front I used the buttonhole strip off the shirt, and ran cord thru it to tie them to fit. I made a few mistakes but managed to correct them as I went along. I learned several things NOT to do, and have since figured out how to do it right, for next time. But they’re OK. Quite cute, if I may say so!!
So here’s the thing. I didn’t really use a pattern. I was winging it, sort of making up a pattern as I went along, eyeballing it. I’m usually pretty good at that. Well, that day my eyeball was way off, these things are HUGE on him! They might fit him next summer, or possibly even the one after that! But now I have a pattern and some handy dandy sewing hints to make things come out the way I want, so it’s all good. I’ll add these to the box of stuff for him to grow into. Meanwhile I have an old denim shirt of hubby’s that would make a cute pair of shorts. And you can bet I’ll measure the kid before I start this time!