Mini Boden Jersey Baggies Knock-Off
A little while ago I spotted these adorable and uber comfy looking shorts on Mini Boden's website. I really like to browse on there looking for inspiration for sewing for my munchkins. As soon as I saw them I knew I would have to try to knock these off! And I had just the fabric in my "re-purpose stash"!
For practically $0, I managed to copy them, and am pretty happy with the outcome!
I say practically $0, because I purchased the blue rib knit for the waistband, and 8" of elastic for the back, everything else was re-purposed, or in my stash. I can safely say the entire project was under $1.
I used the Clean Slate pattern from Blank Slate patterns. I really really like that pattern! I've made 4 different pairs of shorts from it in the last week :)
My boy is VERY into pockets currently, so I've had to branch out from "simple shorts" to adding pockets, because he doesn't want to wear shorts or pants with no pockets. "But Mom, I need pockets so I can put my "treasures" in them." Oh boy. Time to check pockets before laundry day!
Let's talk about that pattern matching, shall we??? :) Pat myself on the back for those lined up stripes...
My secret: one gagillion pins. Ok, maybe that's not such a great secret, but it's what works for me :) I've found that especially when sewing with knits it helps the fabric not to shift as much.
Again, the one gagillion pins... Also, sew SLOWLY.
And, sew as close as possible to the next pin before removing it. Again, this helps with the fabric staying in place rather than shifting as you sew.
And just because it's vintage and in my opinion pretty cool, I had to show you the twill tape I used to make the mock drawstring. 27 cents! In reality I paid less than that for it, but still... :)
My mom and I came across 2 large cardboard file boxes of vintage (and some worn out) sewing notions, knitting needles and just lots of misc. sewing paraphernalia at a yard sale once. As we were digging through the boxes and finding a few goodies, the lady came over and said, "How about you give me $5 for everything in those 2 boxes?" SOLD! :)
And here is my little model, showing off his new favorite shorts! They'd be my favorite too, they are just so comfy!
Out take. Those eyes just make me melt in a puddle!
You can find the pin for the Mini Boden shorts and the Clean Slate pattern on my Pinterest Board here. I'd love for you to follow me as well!