I'm officially down to three weeks before my baby comes. Scary and exciting at the exact same time! I've got a couple more things I'd like to make or sew before my baby comes, and these shorts have been on my list for a couple of weeks.
I love the preppy look for boys. My husband, the Italian, grew up in LA and wore neon and overalls (in high school), so we can sometimes differ on how to dress a little boy. However, I'm the one who dresses George 95% of the time, so I win out most of the time (or the Italian would say all the time).
I love the madras short look on boys, and George has some from Gymboree, so I took a pair that George owns and made a pattern piece for the front and back piece, and sewed them together just like pants.
I also added a lined pocket. You can't really see the pockets, but boys clothes need to be more subtle than girls if you ask me, so I think it's a good thing they don't stand out. Pockets are also very important to little boys who need to carry cars, action figures, or trains with them wherever they go.
I bought this patchwork plaid fabric at JoAnn's, and it should be noted that the fabric is made up of small squares sewn together and serged. That's a lot of work if you ask me! It's not the cheapest fabric, but with a 50% off coupon it wasn't too bad.
In the end I really like how these shorts turned out, and I'll for sure make George another pair. I'm thinking a pair or seersucker shorts would be cute. The Italian might disagree, but remember who dresses George most of the time? Me!