Friday, May 24, 2013

Pajama Pants to Shorts

My oldest son is the cutest thing ever,but the hardest thing about clothing the little stinker is he is just so darn skinny! haha. He’s almost 4 and 18 month shorts/pants still fit his waist. So last summer he was needing some summer pjs but I mostly had pants. Well because of his whole skinny minnie status, the 18 month pants were becoming high waters on him. So what to do? Make them into shorts of course!
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You’re going to hate me, I don’t actually have a before picture because like I said above, I actually cut them up last summer. oh shame on me, I know. They’ve been in my mending pile for a year because I accidently cut them at such a funky angle so I thought there was no hope for them.
But I pulled them out this year determined to fix them – and I did!
So ideally if you’re going to do this from a pair of pants, lay a pair of shorts that fit on top to measure the length and cut about an inch below that. That’s what I did, just for some reason at a really bad angle. Don’t do the bad angle though. No bueno.
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I turned them inside out and folded up the bottom. Since I cut it all wonky to begin with, the inside is folded up more than the outer edge. You would make an even fold if you cut them well, which I’m going to assume you did. Smile
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I pinned on the outside of the shorts and turned them right side out. I sewed with a 1/4” seam allowance.
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And did a second seam a little closer to the edge than the first. Then cut the excess fabric out of the inside.
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They turned out really good and didn’t end up being too short like I had feared.
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So moral of the story is 1) don’t take a year to hem a silly pair of shorts. 2) be more careful when cutting! Open-mouthed smile
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Have lots of fun and be safe!!


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    1. Those skinny boys. I'm not looking forward to dressing him when he's older if he stays this skinny. He'll be wearing high waters all the time! haha

  2. Cute and simple refashion!!
    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

    1. Thanks Jill! I linked this up, thanks for the invite. Have a great week!

  3. I appreciate your sharing this project, flaws and all! I have turned many of my son's regular pants into shorts but never thought of doing it with PJ pants. He's 8 now and has finally outgrown the shorts he used to wear over diapers, but he still has shorts made from size 4 pants!

    1. Wow, you've got a skinny little guy on your hands too! I'm sure his little brother is going to outgrown him pretty soon. Glad you liked the project, thanks for coming by. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  4. Wow, now that is getting your monies worth :) I wish I could sow. Thank you for linking up at HickoryTrail

    1. Thanks Angela. I'm glad you like the shorts. Just making the most of the clothes we have now. Thanks for hosting each week, have an fabulous weekend!

  5. Great recycling! Thank you for sharing at the WEDNESDAYS ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog Hop :-)

  6. Great makeover. Good for summer. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop 55. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. This weeks party is live.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    1. Yeah, he definitely needed some shorts for summer. Thanks for coming by, have a great week!


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