Thursday, 19 July 2012

Shorts for Boys...

Here are my shorts for this month's sew along with Kristy, over at Hopeful Threads. These little shorts are going on a long journey; to the U.S.A. and then to Cambodia. You can find out more details about the sew along here.

These shorts are made using the Mud Puddle Splashers pattern. Bonnie, from Fishsticks Designs, has created this pattern specifically for charity sewing.



It was a delight to sew with this pattern. The instructions were detailed and very easy to follow. Best of all, putting the PDF pattern pieces together was easy. 

I've added topstitching to the front seam as well as the back. Because I didn't have enough 1 inch elastic for all the shorts, I've added an extra row of stitching to the top hem on the shorts with 3/4inch elastic.


Rachel recently linked up a post, containing tips for sewing with twin needles, to our Sewing Tips and Techniques link party, so I thought I'd try out my twin needle for the first time. Hmmm... it's for stretch fabric. Not a problem; two rows of stitching did the same job, just a little slower. 

Next trip to the fabric shop I'll purchase a twin needle for woven fabric.

The shorts come with instructions for pockets or can be sewn without. My original intention was to add pockets to all the shorts as they are SO easy to incorporate. One of the green pairs doesn't have pockets, as I sewed the pockets to the bottom of the legs... LOL!!! My fault, not the pattern's, as I obviously wasn't paying attention at that point. Easy as to fix, just cut off the pockets and sew up the seam without the pockets.

My shorts are ready to pack and send over to Kristy. In the meantime, I'll add a photo of my shorts to the Flickr group.

I'll also be adding a photo to the Shorts on the Line Flickr group.

shorts on the line button Shorts Button

... Pam

18 comments:

  1. Haha, glad to hear that I am not the only one who wasn't paying attention when machine sewing this week!

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  2. Your shorts look gorgeous Pam, I love the mustard coloured ones!

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  3. Wow - you've been so busy! They look great hanging on the line and I'm sure they'll be much appreciated when they reach their final destination.

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  4. Hahaha - this week I've made shorts too - same pattern, same reasons!! They look great Pam, I love the look with the double row of top stitching. I'm loving seeing your quilt being featured this past week :)

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  5. the shorts look great! our church just sent a big shipment of dresses to cambodia
    Helen

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  6. Gosh so many shorts :) you have used twin stitching and also each shorts has a twin LOL.

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  7. Great looking shorts that some special boys will surely love! Thanks for the link on tips for twin needle sewing. I keep looking at mine thinking I should give it a shot.

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  8. Great set of shorts there Pam! I've heard lots about these twin needles, do you know if you can get them for any machine?

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  9. These are awesome, I love the fabric choice! You made me laugh about the green shorts. I did the same thing with my brown pair, but I caught it before I sewed them together. So nice to know I'm not the only one who does stuff like that! :)

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  10. Cute shorts!! The fact that they are intended for such a noble cause makes them even cuter.

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  11. Pam, I appreciate you so much! :) The shorts look so great too!

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  12. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. What wonderful shorts for such a great cause! Great fabrics for them! Thanks for sharing.
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  14. Oh! I just love this idea. I'm heading over to Hopeful Threads to check it out. So glad you linked up at Etcetorize this week~

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  15. Oh my goodness these are so cute! I love the different fabrics. Thanks so much for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  16. They look great and they'll be much appreciated, I'm sure!!

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