I constantly change my mind about whether or not sewing basics is worthwhile, but the bottom line is that I don't really shop, and when I do, I now look at the clothes that I buy and think to myself that I could do at least as good a job.
So a little while ago Tadhg needed new swimming trunks. I made him some about 18 months ago, but swimming lessons every week in a public, highly chlorinated pool had taken their toll on them, so I decided to make him some more.
I buy the "Matt 4 Way Stretch Fabric" from In Fashion Fabrics I got Olive green this time. I used the Seamus Trunks Pattern from Ottobre 3/09. He asked for a little extra length with this pair.
He does have board shorts but chooses these tighter fitting trunks to wear to lessons, he says they don't go all puffy!
The best news of all is that after a year and a half of lessons that he has learned to swim......a little anyway, but it's progress!
I also decided to join in with Peter from Male Pattern Boldness in his latest sew-along....Peter does the best sew-alongs. I sewed some jeans and a shirt in the past with him. This time he was making boxer shorts and I wanted to give them a proper try, in a woven fabric, for Colm. I used an old pyjama pattern from the 1950s which once belonged to my dear Aunt Maggie.
Peter mentioned that the rise in vintage patterns can be too high, and it was. I ended up taking off the waistband and lowering it by an inch and a half. I also added a button and button hole to the fly. I made a mess of cutting the plaid, I should have taken more time and put more thought into it!