Remember that fox fabric I shared in my first and only stash post? I mentioned that I wanted to make a pair of sleep shorts with it sometime. Well sometime happened sooner then later. I decided I could just whip them up real quick while I am on my stay vacation. So in order to do this I decided to use an online pattern I found instead of making my own. However, this didn’t really lend itself to time saving. The pattern edges were cut off/missing no matter how I printed the pdf. So in the end I had to kind of make my own pattern. Let me show you how I did it.Here is the tutorial and pattern I was trying to follow.
This is what the pattern is supposed to look like assembled. Notice how it says “boxer shorts” inside the pattern pieces.
As a side note, the little block to make sure it printed to size actually measured correctly as a 2″ square block once printed.
It appears that the pattern printed correctly from top to bottom as far as I can guess. But left to right there are clear signs of missing pattern design.
Guess I am just going to have to fill in the blanks.
To do this I needed:
- Ruled cutting mat
- Wax paper
- masking tape
I love using wax paper to make pattern pieces. It is cheap, readily available, marks well, and is transparent. Laying the printed pattern pieces on the cutting mat, I roughly guessed how mach space would be needed to fill in the “oxer s” on the pattern pieces. I taped the printed pattern pieces down to the mat so they would not move to much. Next I taped together some sheets of waxed paper so the piece was big enough to cover the pattern pieces. I then taped the waxed paper down over the printed pieces. I free hand traced and used my ruler to copy the lines of the pattern and connect the two printed pattern pieces.
As you can see I traced the small and medium sizes because I wasn’t sure which size I was going to go with. Remember to copy all the markings, like the grain line marks etc when copying a pattern. Repeat the steps for the other side. Now I have front and back pattern pieces and it is time to cut out the fabric.
On rare occasions I have made small pattern pieces on craft paper, which works o.k. but it’s not very flexible. And it is hard to trace with unless you have a light table. What are your favorite materials to copy or make pattern pieces on?
So this project has taken longer than just whipping it up. Coming soon: Making my fox shorts!