Sunday, November 25, 2012

Teenage Sleep Shorts

I've been slowly digging my way through my sewing pile.  I had a cheap McCalls patterm that said it is sized for teen or men's small.  Grumble grumble grumble, don't get me started on McCalls pattern sizing!  I got stung, AGAIN!  The silly thing is, I should know better by now since I have been stung by this lesson a few times.  McCalls patterns have always had crazy generous sizing. 

 I sometimes trace a pattern to save the multisize or simplify it.  I tape it onto a window & then tape stretcher paper over it & get busy tracing.  Stretcher paper is a little known secret of quilters that work in health care.  Some doctors clinics or hospitals will give you the end of the roll if you ask.  You can get a whole roll for very cheap from your local hospital.  I can't recall the price now since the roll I have is many years old & it goes a long way.  Remember to mark the cutting lines, grain lines, notches, and dots if you need them.  I was able to trace off the fly & pocket markings since they weren't needed.

 Here is the finished shorts, modeled by my 14 year old son who is as tall as me. 
 As you can see, they are clearly HUGE!  Oh well, they're comfy & he will remember them a long time since they will be in use for a few years I suspect.
I hope I've made you laugh, with this post, I do now but I wasn't so pleased at the time.

1 comment:

  1. Yep! They appear to be a wee bit big! LOL! I don't sew but found your posting interesting. I was trying to figure out what kind of paper stretches until it dawned on me that it is that flimsy stuff on the bed (table!) in the doc's office. It's early yet & I'm a little slow today. :)


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