Friday, July 6, 2012

Shorts in progress. . .

This certainly has been a busy week!  Monday we were out all day with stuff.  Tuesday and Wednesday we stayed in to get ready for the 4th (which is also my husband's birthday); we had a great time with family and a perfect view for the fireworks.  Thursday and today I also stayed in because it is too darn hot out there!!  We are having most days run a 115 heat index.  Sorry, not the kind of weather I participate in!

I've also been working on my shorts for the Shorts on a Line challenge.  
Here are some pics of what I have done so far.  
Cargo Shorts for Mr. T ~ Pattern: Simplicity 5581

 Only 3 pieces left for these puppies!  The waistband and then the bottom hems.  I'm so excited!
 2 front slanted pockets; 2 side velcro pleated pockets with flaps and 1 back pocket
 I just love this little baseball guy!  
 This pattern called for a zippered fly with button behind it.  (let's just say  it was interesting here)
Cute shorts once I'm done.  Probably the only time I will make them as they are just too time consuming and tedious for shorts.  :-)

Sorry for the funny view.  The facing is folded over into itself and the button holds the flap down.  Not the best way I'm sure but it worked. 
Facing folded to just before flyshield
 When all said and done the button on the left goes into the button hole on the right and each facing looks good when folded over.

Interested in the fabric? 
It is called "Boys will be Boys"
$5.98 a yard right now!!

Boys Will Be Boys Boys Toss Blue

I'm also gearing up to start my shorts for the challenge too with this Navy and flower print. 


  1. I'm at the end of this pattern with the facing and I can't figure out how I'm supposed to sew the facing onto the zipper. I've never made shorts or pants with a zipper, so this is all new to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I'm going to go pull them out - give me a few minutes and I'll try to help you out :)

    2. Hi Diana. I pulled the shorts out. I remember having a really tough time with the waistband of these shorts too.

      You want to attach the facing to the waist part right sides together with a bit of overhang on each side by the zipper parts. Then you underline it by sewing the seam allowance to the facing just a tiny 1/4 inch down.

      Then I folded my facing to the inside on each end. They want to fold over to the end of the pants, not over the zipper placket and fly shield. I added 3 more pictures to the above post to try to help. This waistband is not fun! lol.

      Hope that helps! Good luck!


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