In the Light of Day
Posted 12 April, 09on:
Even with daylight, the photo still isn’t great. Sorry. I tried. Here are the important details:
Pattern: Ottobre 02/04 #38
Fabric: Brown brushed twill
All of J’s shorts are now too short. In teen boy terms, this means anything that does not cover the knee. Girls wear shorts that barely cover their backsides and boys want their shorts almost to their ankles and baggy enough for two people. After we schlepped unsuccessfully through several stores, J asked if I would make shorts for him. Making boy shorts is not my favorite sewing, but it did not seem RTW was an option. The boy is about two inches wide, with legs a mile and a half long. We are calling him “Spidey” these days. He is all legs.
Without any men’s patterns at home, I turned to my trusty stash of Ottobre and my drafting supplies. Since he is not a great deal wider than the measurements for boys size 170, scaling up did not seem like a big deal. I used a pair of shorts that still fit in the waist and hips for comparison. Then, I added the necessary length.
Why don’t I like sewing boy shorts? Beige, brown, grey, snore. I like topstitching, but boy shorts have a ridiculous amount of topstitching. Brown thread on brown pants… more snore. J likes his clothes very understated so there will no contrasting or fun colors for topstitching. Fabrics will be plain. No crazy plaids. If that is what he is happy wearing, I have no objection. I am thrilled that he is not caught up in wearing certain labels and he does not insist on shopping at certain stores. If the necessary parts, like knees, are covered, he is happy. However, sewing for him is not that exciting… until he thanks me for making him clothes that fit.
It looks like I need to invest in a few men’s patterns because I think Spidey is going to be spider like for quite some time. When the rest of him catches up to those legs… wow.