Sunday, May 8, 2016

Busy Boys Shorts by Pattern Emporium

It is a new year and time for a new pair of Busy Boys shorts. This time in a size 12 to allow room to grow. Fabric was purchased from a destash.

This fabric (actually a cotton curtain or sheet) was gifted to me as the giver just knew it would be perfect for Mr K. His eyes lit up when he saw it and his first question was, "it this for me?".

The pockets feature the machine embroidery design "Sky Compass" from Urban Threads. I combined with some left-over blue denim (purchased from Hong Kong) for the pockets and yoke (not pictured, currently hiding under the t-shirt). 

Here is the space fabric, now made up as my third or fourth pair of Busy Boy shorts. These are made in a size nine for Mr K, who is nine. He still wears the size eights and they are getting a bit tight.

A pretty cheap pair of shorts - just the cost of the thread, elastic, pattern (which has been used about four times) and time.

I have kept the original post of my second pair of Busy Boys below, so you can see how the shorts look made up in different sizes and fabric.

It seems that I did have another pair of the Pattern Emporium Busy Boys Everyday shorts in me!

This pair, still in size 8 for Mr K, are made using the Going Coastal fabric by Michael Miller combined with some astrologically themed fabric from Spotlight (I thought the blue and white went well with the orange).

This time, I added the side pockets with a pocket tab and button.

I also realised that I had been omitting the topstitching down the front, but this is also a bit of my personal preference. I really prefer this topstitching best when there is a front fly. Anyway, Mr K didn't care or notice. Maybe next time?

I have maybe one or two more pairs of shorts to make to replenish his supply. I have moved onto a different pattern though....


I was not successful in pattern matching at the side seams but at least I did get the crabs lining up along the bottom. And I did have a minor heart flutter when I thought I had cut the shorts out upside down but then remembered I had checked and the pattern is two-way! I should have lined up the crabs better on the waistband but I was struggling with limited meterage and, to be honest, the thought didn't cross my mind until now. This is why I prefer to work with a more random print! I do love this fabric though and it will be perfect for Australia Day.


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