Category: Boys

French Terry Reef Walker Shorts

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps fund fabric for testing and reviewing patterns. Regardless, I only recommend what I believe is quality. We live in shorts weather at least 10 out of the 12 months of the year and my youngest son is always saying he doesn’t have any clean shorts. So I pulled out the Reef Walker pattern from New Horizons Designs to whip up another pair. And I’m serious about the...

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Gray Knit Reef Walker Shorts

We have warm to hot weather nearly all year long and the kids shorts are looking worn.  Last year I made some Reef Walker shorts for Nut #2 and #3.  They have been huge successes so  I pulled out the pattern and made a new pair for my son.   I made a straight size 7.  However, he’s a skinny kid so I made sure to use his waist measurement instead of the elastic measurements in the pattern.  My fabric is some thick 92/8 cotton lycra from Nick of Time Textiles.  It is plenty thick for shorts—pretty much like...

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Halloween Costumes 2018

Phew!  Another Halloween in the books!  We ended up with a black cat (hence the tutorial for a simple cat tail), a Paladin of Voltron (Lance to be specific), Rayla from Dragon Prince (see more details on that costume here), and a Ranger from the book series Ranger’s Apprentice.  Halloween 2018 ended up with very happy children which makes for a happy mom! Nut-Nut loves pretending to be a cat.  Actually, I bribe her with saucers of milk so she can drink milk like a kitty.  It’s kinda like magic.  But the true magic is watching her joy as...

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How to Make an Oshawott Costume

Recently, a reader asked me for more details about the Oshawott Halloween Costume I made two years ago.  Looks like I dropped the ball and never shared details about what I used to make the costume.  So here are some details two years later.  *sigh* I used the Love Notions Moto Maxx Pants for the bottoms and the Sofilantes Hibernis Cowl Shirt for the top. I adjusted the Hibernis for a straight fit instead of a slim feminine fit. I have other shirt patterns with a more unisex fit, but none of them were printed at the time.  The...

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Reef Walker Pocket Hack

Comfy shorts have been on my to-sew list for months.  Spring and summer sneak up on me so fast even as I can’t wait for the warm weather to arrive.  Plus, we live in a really warm place and pretty much wear shorts all the time these days.  After weeks of requests, I finally got these new shorts made and even make a pocket hack for some extra variety.  They were an immediate win with the kids, which makes me happy! I decided to make Reef Walker shorts since we live 20 minutes from the beach (yes I am...

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