Thursday, July 12, 2007

Shorts & Summer Days

This week (while the boys are at sports camp and the baby is napping) I've gotten some sewing time in. I finished five more pairs of shorts for the baby to match all the onesies I appliqued for his "spring" outfits. These really whip up so quickly and take so little fabric.

I don't use a real pattern. I trace existing pairs of his pants, add seam allowances, and draw my template onto poster board. I then just pull out my template, trace, cut, and sew. Simple. And for shorts, I just cut the legs shorter. I also make reminder notes on the template with elastic size, Sawyer's age, etc.

I have used this tutorial in the past, which explains it better, but I use my own method.

For the past two days, my five oldest children have been playing with water, sidewalk chalk, and the kitchen set.
They are mixing the water with the chalk, which is tinting the water. They say they are making smoothies. I think they were giving them Star Wars names, like "Jedi Juice." It has kept them completely entertained for hours. Hours. Very nice. And if they are fighting, I can't hear them. Have I said how nice it's been?

10 comments:

laeroport said...

Cute shorts. That is one well dressed baby you've got there. And it is great to see five siblings playing together. ;)

Kathy said...

Your kids seem to play well together. Or are you just catching them in a good moment? :) "Jedi Juice" kills me! I'm such a Star Wars geek.

Sonja said...

Jedi juice sounds delish! ;)
I love the picture of the shorts hanging out, all lined up. Cute and summery!

Sarah and Jack said...

If you want to have a little science fun, put the chalk in some vinegar. (A small piece though!)

Mirre said...

Wow, you're the shorts champ!

Lora said...

My boys and I Love sidewalk chalk. So fun. My oldest and I have even practiced spelling words in the drive way with chalk LOL!
Jedi Juice...LMAO I bet my brother would drive MILES to try that! He loves all those movies.

TinkerBlue said...

Jedi Juice. Sounds good, although I'm am not offering to taste it.

Still loving the Cherry top on Spenser.

Felicia said...

Jedi Juice :) Love it. Those shorts are so cute!

Cici said...

we make lots of smoothies around here, too. another "recipe", buckets of water filled with all sorts of petals, leaves, etc. Makes wonderful soup - especially after sitting for a few days in the hot sun!

cute shorts.

Karyn said...

You're so smart (making the shorts by tracing others and adding seam allowances).

I would like some Jedi Juice right about now :)