In all my making I have never made any men's clothes, unless you count this sweet felt vest, haha! In fact, my husband certainly gets the short end of the stick when it comes to handmades. Really, other than a few freezer paper stenciled tees I haven't really made him anything. So, I showed him a picture of the Juba shorts and asked if he liked them. He gave me the go ahead. Next, I knew I had to pick just the right fabric so that he would actually wear them!
Oh boy, these shorts are heavenly soft! The double cloth cotton is possibly the most comfortable fabric around and it's really the perfect match for these shorts!
As with all of Rachael's patterns the directions are easy to follow and they came together quickly and easily.
I did make a couple of little changes to accommodate for my husband's long legs, he's 6'4" (and I'm 5'2", ha!)! I added (somewhat arbitrarily) about 2 3/4" to the length of the mediums when cutting. I also didn't hem the shorts. I wanted to keep them long, plus I thought the double cloth lent itself well to a fringed edge (see this post for helpful tips on making a fringed edge).
If I were to hem them I would add even more to the length because these shorts ended up the perfect length!
One of the great things about the double cloth is that it is reversible with indigo on one side and white on the other. So, for the tie I simply used the reverse side of my fabric and kept it easy and laid back by only using a zig zag stitch along the edge.
He really loves them! Honestly! He's worn them so many times. I can't explain to you how happy I am that I can actually make him something and that it's something that he will wear!
Also, when you make clothes for your husband and then have to take pictures of him wearing said clothes...It's total pay back for all of those other awkward photo shoots where he's taken pictures of YOU in your handmades! HA! He totally wasn't into it. He couldn't stand still, ala taking pictures of kids, and wasn't too thrilled with my results.
Anywho, the first photo shoot was a bit of a bust, bad lighting and antsy husband. So, instead I snapped a few pictures while he was playing frisbee, he's more in his element here.
See, loves them!
So much so that he nearly immediately requested another pair. A pair with pockets! So yay, I obliged and Rachael nicely provided a pocket pattern. Go check out my tutorial on how to add pockets over at Imagine Gnats.
While he does love this first pair and they are really great for lounging, they seemed just a tad too baggy for non lounge wear for his skinny legs, so for the second pair with pockets I added an extra 1/4" to the SA for both the inseam and the outer seam. I like the way these look with the pockets, a little more streamlined for him.
They were certainly tighter, but not too tight for jumping!
Really, both pair have been well loved so far!
Go check out the Juba shorts pattern, all of the great tutorials for adding/subtracting to them, and how to add pockets! And then make yourself or someone you love a new fabulous pair of shorts! (I've got my eye on the new double cloth cotton color Rachel just got it!)