My newest pattern is now available - the Freddie Shortalls.
I think this is my favourite of the Townmouse patterns for little boys.
The shortalls are very simple to sew and look cute on their own, or layered over a shirt or tee.
These two little boys of mine are now teenagers - both over six foot tall. Yikes.
This pattern uses shirring elastic to provide gentle gathering at the back waist. If you haven't sewn with shirring elastic, my pattern links to this video which is a useful guide to getting the elastic to behave for you.
During the testing of the pattern, one of my testers used an alternative to the shirring elastic which I thought was genius and works just as well. This clever seamstress didn't have shirring elastic on hand so stitched a channel for regular quarter inch elastic instead.
To make the shortalls this way you will need regular quarter inch elastic.
Simply stitch two parallel lines slightly wider than the width of the elastic, parallel to the top of the shortalls according to pattern markings, catching the facing.
Attach one end of the elastic to a safety pin and thread the elastic through the channel, between the shortalls and facing. Remove the safety pin and stitch the channel closed at this end, securing the elastic in place.
Now you can gently pull the elastic until the shortalls have gathered to the desired amount. Then stitch the elastic in place at the other end of the channel. Cut off the excess elastic.