these mini boden knock-off Cropped Jersey Baggies. I put "Jersey" in quotation marks, because these particular shorts are made from some men's XXL lightweight sweatshirt type material, not true jersey, that I found at Old Navy for $1.47!
Uh, whaaat!? I grabbed them up! You can take any sweatshirt, as long as it isn't too too thick, to make some shorts like these. My sweatshirts felt like interlock on the outside, but almost like a towel or terry cloth on the inside (perfect for the beach!). And I made two pair, because the first pair were my "trial" pair (so don't look too close!) that I actually made WAY too big, so they will be pants this coming Fall for my son.
-A thinner lightweight jersey sweatshirt (interlock is perfect!)
-25'' of twill tape for the tie (here's a good source) I used some that came packaged around some throw blankets. I'm all about finding your sewing materials in the oddest of places!
-your sewing supplies, particularly some ball point needles
-This 3T pattern CAUTION: My pattern is kind of messy, that's just how I sew, drawing right onto some freezer paper! If you need another size, you will have to draft your own using some pants your child currently fits in. You can easily adapt this to a 2T by cutting around the main front/back pattern pieces 1/2''. The pockets and the bias binding should adapt to any size.
-possibly some contrasting fabric for the bias binding, the red pair have a denim bias binding, the blue pair have the same sweatshirt type material
-possibly some stabilizer for when you hem to keep it from going wonky if you don't have a serger (I don't either!), or you can try Jessica's method with tissue paper!
Other notes: I decided that this type of a sweatshirt WOULD FRAY, so you will need to finish (serge or zig zag) the edges how you see fit prior to sewing the pieces together. This tutorial assumes that you have SOME sewing knowledge, like I'm not going to go over how to make bias tape or hem some pants, for instance. There are plenty of tutorials out there on that already!I had a little bit of a rough time with the first pair, but I was working out the kinks, so I hope you will excuse some of those flaws! And I hope you enjoy this!
One thing that I learned was helpful, was to baste or sew down the side and top where the pocket meets your front fabric. My pocket was sliding all around, but once I edgestitched the pocket in place, it stayed there and made the rest of the steps easier.
Designs By Sessa Flickr Group! And please come say "Hello!" over at Designs By Sessa! I'll have some more pictures of my cutie in these adorable baggies over there! Thank you SO much for having me at Project Run & Play! I really enjoyed it and if you have any questions, you know where to find me!
Lots of blessings to you!