When I decided to sew something for my husband I considered something simple. Perhaps a tie. But I've made him one of those and he never wore it. And I already made him pajamas a few years ago. He still wears those a lot. Then I considered athletic shorts. But I didn't feel like searching for the right material. Then I decided to look for shorts patterns. And without much thought I decided to sew him some shorts. I still can't believe I sewed man shorts.
I used this BurdaStyle shorts pattern. The pattern is definitely for more advanced sewists. If you've never inserted a zip fly or a welt pocket I suggest a different pattern.
What I liked:
- The style of shorts is great. Flat front, zip fly, welt pocket.
- Great shape.
What I didn't like:
- Figuring out sizing is difficult. I had to measure the pattern to figure out the correct size.
- The waist is too big. The shorts fit great otherwise.
- Instructions are severely lacking.
- Added 4.5" to the length
- Added beltloops
Lightweight pinstriped canvas. Origins unknown!
These were an incredibly frustrating project for me. Almost purely because I kept sewing things backward and upside down (yes, that happened) but I wouldn't catch it until I was 4 steps past and had finished all the seams.
I think I'll probably try to put a dart or two in the waistband to help with the excess there. Though he always wears a belt anyway.
Have you sewn anything for a man this week? We have a flickr group we've started and I'd love if you'd add your photos! We'll keep the flickr group going and I'll be sharing some of the photos on the blog over the next year. And maybe we'll have another Sewing For Men week!
Stop back tomorrow for a roundup of other sewing for men projects!
And don't forget to check out these posts from my guests this week!