A friend gave me her too-big shorts when she heard I sew. (This seems to happen a lot. People give me their clothes they don't want anymore - and I'm grateful!)
They were in great condition except the elastic waist was stretched out.
I didn't really know what to do with them...
And then I wondered: could I cut them up & re-sew them into shorts for my 2 year old son???
I loved the plaid, and they had 2 front pockets & a back pocket, which my son would love. I thought I could easily put some elastic in the waist (some elastic that wasn't too stretched). In my head, it was perfect.
Plus, I rarely find something cool to make for my boy.
So I cut the shorts into 4 pieces along the seams & cut off the elastic waist.
I used a pair of shorts that fit my son, and traced around them to get the pattern for the new shorts. I lined up the existing hems on the bottom, and made sure I used the front/front and back/back pieces so I'd have 2 front & 1 back pocket on the new shorts, too.
Cut out your 4 pieces (2 front legs, 2 back legs), and sew them together. Fold the top down and insert elastic. Sew.
And you're done!
I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I used to be intimidated by shorts - they seemed so difficult to make! - but in reality they are very easy. These were especially easy since the pockets were already made.
And best of all, my little man LOVED his shorts.
Have you done this before?? I'd love to hear what you think about this refashion project!