February 22, 2012

Sleep Shorts

A major goal of mine for 2012 is to sew some clothes for myself. I've only ever made baby clothes and doll clothes before, so this is a big step for me. To keep it simple, I started with the boxer short pattern in Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders. I wanted to make these for my sisters and myself, so I omitted the "boxer flap" portion so that the pattern could be for sleep shorts.

I ended up making three pairs, with only one slight variation (I ran out of 3/4" elastic for the band, so I substituted 1" elastic). Each pair of shorts uses 1-yard of fabric. I chose flannel, as recommended in the book, and picked up two yards of the 5 Funky Monkeys by Erin Michael, one yard in each color. For myself, I used solid coral-colored flannel.

This pattern was pretty quick, however I was slowed down a little by having to create hidden seam edges. Since I don't own a serger (yet), and since I couldn't line the shorts, I really didn't want messy, fraying fabric edges. I think they turned out really well, but it was quite time consuming. I've now got my eye on a serger.

This is what the seams look like on the inside.

And this is what they look like on the outside.

I slept in my pair last night, and they were very comfy!

1 comment:

nancy s said...

I read the whole blog so this is a response to everything. You are one of the wittiest, most talented and original thinkers I know. I love your blog. The picture of the shadow on snow on the ski lift is fabulous. Would you consider emailing me the photo? You are the Abalone of my heart, Mrs. Soliway! Love you. Mom

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