BUT, when my sweet friend Jenny put out the word that she needed pattern testers for her new "Classically Cool Cargo Shorts" pattern for boys, I was on it! I let her know I'd make a pair for Oren if she'd like me to try out the pattern.
He's grown quite a bit this summer, so he's somewhere between a size 6 and a 7. His old clothes in size 6 are all a little too short, but in his new school clothes we bought a mix of 6 and 7. Jenny asked me to try the size 7 pattern and it fit him perfectly.
Of course I had no fabric in my stash that was both an appropriate design (what's wrong with flowers and polka dots for a boy I want to know????) or in a big enough piece, so we headed to Walmart in hopes they'd have something, ANYTHING appropriate. He's getting a little too self-conscious to sport shorts with a novelty print on them and he's got like 3 pairs of khaki shorts... (For those of you that know us personally--yes, he is his Daddy made over!)
We found a nice blue and orange-ish plaid, which is actually great since that just happens to be our favorite team's (the Gators) colors. Oren, Daddy and I all agreed on it, so home we went to make some shorts.
I have to say Jenny's pattern was great! I thought her side pocket construction and detailing was smart. The side pockets are slanted for easy access for little hands, plus it looks good too. I did have a problem with the waistband originally, but she's made a tweak to the pattern that makes them look even better and makes the pockets big and roomy for all that stuff boys "need" to collect in there during the day.
|The pattern does include directions for a cover flap for these cargo pockets but I royally mis-read the directions and messed them all up, so I left them off. Next time...|
So, here's my little man in something Momma made for him. It doesn't happen very often. And he gave them a complete stamp of approval. Usually if he's home longer than 5 minutes, the kid is naked or close to it. I swear, you'd think we ran a nudist colony or something--but when I asked him to wear these shorts to let me get some pictures in them, he wore them the rest of the day and tried to wear them the next.
That's a genuine stamp of approval. And that makes this Momma awful happy. :)