Husby buys really nice business shirts – expensive ones, made with lovely cotton fabric in some really great prints (finally – it took me years to get him out of his basic white business shirts!).
And of course, the first place they show wear is in the collar and cuffs. And those are hard (even impossible) to fix without matching fabric, especially if you are me. Bu it always struck me as a real shame to use them as rags, so I have a neat little pile of shirts in my sewing cupboard, awaiting a new life as something else.
And mostly, that something else will be shorts for Connor. This isn’t going to be a full on tutorial, there are more than enough out there on making simple shorts for kids. But hopefully this will show you how easy it is to make basic shorts for next to nothing!
Start off with the shirt:
Cut it into pieces – I don’t worry about undoing the seams, because they are mostly double-seamed (no doubt there is a fancy sewing term for that). But go for it, if you want! Cut along the seams, cut off the collar and cuffs, and unless you want to try to use it as a feature in your new garment, cut off the yoke on the back. There’s a decent amount of fabric in a shirt, isn’t there!
Don’t forget to cut off all the buttons, including the spares, and tie them together with thread. You have to start that button collection somewhere!
I cut a simple pattern off some elastic waist shorts Connor already had. Don’t forget to add a seam allowance and waistband casing allowance.
I cut the pattern using the back and sleeve fabric pieces – the fronts aren’t quite wide enough.
Then sew it up! Make sure you don’t sew the legs of the two front or two back pieces together, because that way lies a skirt, much swearing and seam ripping (note: I did not do that when making THESE shorts!) Insert elastic in the waistband casing, sew it together and you are done! Maybe an hour’s work!
Show shorts proudly to small son who insists on wearing them straight away! Beam with pride as he capers excitedly around the room in his new shorts! (Forget to take a picture of said capering because you are a bad blogger!)