I was truly excited to be reunited with my sewing machine after a year's absence, and as soon as I got home I got to work sewing. T was in desperate need of a pair of shorts--his hand-me-downs from M were
in tatters a little worse for wear, and many got left in Greece. I decided to try out one of the pattern books that I received from my mom last Christmas, Happy Homemade, vol. 2.
Despite the fact that the directions were in French, I muddled through and produced this pair of khaki shorts:
I made the smallest size, but they were a little long on T, which means that they'll fit next year (and possibly the next, too!). I loved constructing the faux fly, the pockets and the seams. The whole process only took me a few afternoons, while the kids were visiting their grandparents and T was napping. The pattern diagrams were fabulous, which definitely helped bridge the French/English gap. My real excitement about the whole process was that I "reclaimed" the fabric from a pair of XXL pants that I purchased at a thrift store. For $1.50.
He's already gotten a lot of wear out of them, first this summer and then more recently. Today was unseasonably warm, and he could be seen running around in his mama-made khaki clamdiggers.