I feel bad that I am always making stuff for my daughter, but rarely sew something up for my little guy. I wanted to make something a little nicer for him that he could wear to church or similar events so I started searching around for something on the internet. I was pretty excited when I found this little vintage gem for a couple of bucks on ebay. I love the classic and timeless nature of it.
The pattern is Simplicity 6948 and it’s dated 1975. I like how the longer version starts to even bellbottom a little bit :). I went with view 3 which is a shorts overall with a criss cross back, suspender type straps, and topstitching. The only change that I made was to only do the front pocket and omitted the back pockets. I havn’t sewn with a lot of vintage patterns so I was surprised to see that this pattern came in only one size – size one – and not stacked like current patterns are. It’s a bummer too because I would love to make it again for him when he grows, but wouldn’t want to buy the same pattern again in another size.
The fabric is from fabric.com and is Kaufman linen / denim. I am really happy with the fabric. It’s a nice heavier weight chambray type fabric that sewed up crisp and neat. I really like the color too. The perfect shade of blue. The buttons are from the garment district. I felt like they were a lucky find as they are the perfect color and feel very vintage to me.
As far as the pattern goes it was pretty straight forward. The only time I was confused was when it came to the strap facing. It does a crazy little overlap in the back and it took me a few reads and matching up notches to get it right. I also find it a bit shapeless so I may pull the sides in a bit more next time or taper the bottom of the shorts.
I’ve already started on version two in a black and white striped linen. Hopefully I can show it to you soon.
He is so over this photoshoot.