Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DIY: Comfy Shorts into Pants!

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Every body loves a good pair of comfy shorts...right?
Its just too bad when the weather forces us to bundle up.
I have just the remedy for the chilly weather....
take your favorite shorts pattern and turn them into...comfy pants!
My good friend Meghan, The Sewing Geek, designed the BEST shorts pattern ever!
They are called the Comfy Shorts, and let me tell you, they are!
The fit is spot on! These shorts are roomy in all the right places.
The pattern is super easy to print and assemble.
Meghan walks you through the directions with fantastic photos and easy to follow directions!
I just HAD to use the BEST pattern for my little girl's Comfy Fleece Pants for winter.
Here is how YOU can do it!
First, you need to measure your child for his/her inseam. I used a pair of pants that fit well. Measure from the crotch seam down the leg to the bottom pants hem. My inseam measurement was 9". We will call this "X" below.
Next, get your Comfy Shorts pattern.
If you do not already own it, hop on over to The Sewing Geek shop now!
 Read through Meghan's fab tutorial.
When you are ready to cut (Steps 1-3) follow my directions below instead...
Fold your fabric in half and line up the pattern pieces as shown above.
Measure the inseam for your shorts size. This is "Y"
Take your pants inseam "X" from above and subtract Comfy Shorts inseam "Y". The resulting number we will call "A."
For example, I had 9" inseam. Comfy Shorts inseam in the size I was making was about 5"...
9"- 5"= 4"
Measure down from the edge of the shorts pattern and add on measurement "A"...4" in my case.
Mark in chalk your new pant leg extensions...shown in yellow.
Cut out along your pattern pieces USING THE NEW LONGER PANT LINES that you added.
You can see this cut line as the purple dashed lines shown above.
Your newly cut Comfy PANTS should look like this!
Return to the awesome Sewing Geek pattern, step 4 and finish the pants using all of the same steps.
Oooh! So soft and cozy!
Baby girl loves to wear them to bed...and outside to play!
The Sewing Geek also has a great blog!
She shows you how to add CARGO pockets to your comfy shorts too!
We have a little Q & A here with Meghan, THE Sewing Geek!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Q: How did you get your start sewing...and what did you do before creating PDF Patterns?
A: I went to school for geology and worked as a Geochemist for 4 years. I quit working to stay at home with the kids and picked sewing back up. I learned as a child and sewed off and on up until college. I didn't like following patterns though. I liked the technical aspects of making my own. I liked the math and making the patterns and figuring out n my own how to put it all together.
Q: What motivated you to open your shop?
A: I sewed blankets and sold them on Etsy for a while but I got bored with sewing the same things over and over.
That's when I decided to give pattern making a try. I figured out how to draft patterns on my computer and it was pretty easy for me to put together a tutorial that people could easily follow. I think all of that technical writing while I was first starting as a geochemist helped!
Q: What was your first PDF pattern release?
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A: The first pattern I released was actually just a tutorial...it was the minky blanket tutorial! The first clothing pattern I released was the Moo skirt. By the time I made the Moo skirt I was absolutely in love with pattern making. My first patterns were simple and with each new pattern I make I add something new I have never done to challenge myself.
Q: Where does your inspiration for new patterns come from?
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A: I get my inspiration from everywhere. I seam stalk. LOL! My husband makes fun of me because I'll inch closer to people in public- like when we are standing in line- and I try to figure out how their clothes are put together!
My kids help too. For example with the Olive dress, I sewed up a muslin to try on my middle daughter. I put it on her and she immediately said, "Where are the pockets mom?" That's how I came about adding in the inseam pockets.
 I keep a notebook full of my ideas too. My problem is that I have a hard time finding the time to put all of my designs into practice. The three kids (5,4, and almost 2) keep me busy.
Thanks so much for sharing with us today Meghan! I'll be stopping by your blog again soon for more sewing Tips & Tricks : ) I think my favorite part about The Sewing Geek are the fab tutorials! I am an intermediate sewist and I ALWAYS learn something new from her patterns! If you have not already checked out the blog and shop...please do!
Bye... Thanks for stopping by!