Friday, May 10, 2019

Why You Should Make Shorts From Baggy Pants

Hello Readers. Warm weather is here and that means I need to make some shorts. I wanted shorts with a higher waist to secure my tummy. (Maybe I need to do some sit-ups.) Either way I made some simple classic khaki shorts. I didn't have any and they match everything, right?

These khaki pants belonged to my daughter, who is taller than I am. The waistband is high enough to keep my mommy tummy covered. That's great but you can see there is a lot of extra fabric puddling up at my feet. The pants were loose, but that is perfect for making shorts.

I cut off most of the pant legs just to get them out of the way. I made the waistband fit better by making a new side seam on each side. I took out more fabric at the waist than I did in the leg of the shorts. I wanted the leg of the shorts to have room to move and I didn't want it to be tight when I sat down. If the shorts were too fitted around the thigh, they would be super tight when I sit down and my legs spread out. And they would ride up and give me a  wedgie that I would have to adjust whenever I got up. And that is so annoying. It took me a while to realize shorts needed to be looser in the leg than other pants, like jeans for example.
When I got the fit right, I hemmed the legs to a length I liked.

The long sleeved shirt was great but short sleeves would be better for this time of year. I made a t-shirt with cap sleeves by cutting off the sleeves. I also took some extra fabric out of the sides and made new side seams. I hemmed all the cut edges when I was done.

I admit, this is not a very exciting outfit.

This is a "mom relaxing at home" outfit. I was just sitting in the shade. My son was telling me all about the road he is building in the sandbox. He was taking it a lot more seriously than the guys who built my house, that's for sure.

The rest of my summer days will look a lot like this, I hope.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 *Year end update-I wore these shirts all summer. They were perfect. The shirt was great for work too.


Anonymous said...

Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts
have been kinda boring? I miss your great writings.
Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

I Can Work With That said...

Sorry Anonymous,
Some posts are more fun than others.