My daughter S is 11 years old and just started middle school. I noticed that many of her shorts are tight. This is not surprising, as she grew more than 4 inches in one year. When I looked at the label, most said, “M 7-8” or even “S 6-7”. Well that MUST be tight! I asked her why she’s wearing such a tight short because I bought a lot of pants during back to school sale, and even made one. She told me, “It’s hot.” That is true, the high in my town is around 90 degree F for most of the days and it’s been really humid.
So, I decided to make her a few pairs of shorts real quick. The one I aimed was: not-so obvious elastic waist (after all, she’s a middle schooler); mock-fly (inserting zipper would be time consuming); slash pockets but no back pockets (she said she wouldn’t use back pockets); between shorts and bermuda length (school dress code is tight).
With those in mind, I headed to a local store of a big chain known for its coupon commotions and constant 40-50% off sale. I flipped through pattern catalog and picked one with a fly and contoured waistband, found a nice stretch denim, then picked up elastics and thread. Then looked at the coupons I had in my backpack: it wouldn’t be effective until Sunday!
I decided that her shorts were more important than some coupon discount, so just one 30% off one item coupon on my phone, I headed to the register. Wow. It WAS expensive! I NEVER paid over $10 for a pattern! Coupons and sale are so important at that store.
Anyway, I went home, serged the edges of the denim and threw in a washer to pre-shrink. Meanwhile, I traced a pattern quickly and did a pin-fitting. It had a good room for growth. Well, I could sew at least one by the end of the next day.
OF COURSE the next day was COLD. The expected high was 70 degree F. S wore a pair of jeans I sewed for her. Why aren’t you wearing shorts? “It’s cool today, mom.”
Sigh. And 7-day forecast suggests it will remain that way. Now I have plenty of time to sew up those shorts. I would insert a zipper and welt pockets, probably. But lesson learned: Never shop without coupons!