Upcycled Mans Shirt Boys Cargo Shorts Seamingly Smitten

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When Jenny of Seamingly Smitten put a call out on her facebook page for pattern testers on her new boy's cargo shorts sewing pattern, I jumped at the chance. It is rare to find a boys clothing pattern that

a) is easy to follow
b) look great
c) can be made using an existing garment (upcycled)

You see, it is possible, to make the Classically Cool Cargo Shorts sewing pattern (size 6months - 8 years) out of one of Dad's old plaid work shirts!  (if making for sizes 3 months - 4T cargo shorts, for bigger sizes, an XXL shirt, two of the same shirts, or purchased fabric may need to be used).

The flannelette shirt I chose to use for this pattern test, was not one of Mr RF's, but one I picked up from an op shop for a dollar.
 
 
 Someone lending a hand paw

Instead of sewing two pockets for each leg, I salvaged the front pocket of the existing shirt, to use on the side of the left leg, and made a pocket with a button, as per the pattern, for the other leg.



Salvaged pocket

Made pocket 

I am delighted with these adorable shorts, and will definitely go back to this pattern to make more for Jnr RF this coming summer.  
Sadly I don't have a photograph of my little guy in his shorts as we're still in the midst of winter in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly chilly Melbourne).  However, I do have a great pair of Converse look-a-likes that will look fantastic with his new shorts when we do reach warmer days. The shoes are another purchase from last Saturdays op shop tour, $3 from Vinnies in Hampton

The Seamingly Smitten BOYS Classically Cool Cargo Shorts pattern is available here (go to the Boys category).

Shared with Lakota's Ta-dah Tuesday

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3 comments:

Renee said...

hey that turned out GREAT!

Patti said...

So cute! I love the kitty-helper, and the adorable sneakers in the last shot : >

Stitchybritt said...

Ah, kitties, always helping out with the stitching. Well done on the shorts - I love an easy pattern to follow!

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