As much as my husband appreciates all of the patching of pajama pants that I've done for him, he keeps asking me for a pair of sleeping shorts. With the recent heat wave that we've had, it makes sense! The simple solution would have been to simply shorten a pair of pajama pants. But as I had just finished fixing his last pair I didn't want to waste all of that effort and cut up a perfectly good pair of pants that he will be begging for come winter! So I used a little creativity and something else that he had in abundance in his dresser drawers: T-shirts!
We have so many T-shirts that are splattered with paint, old and ripped, or are simply the cheap, freebie kind that we never wear anyway! Also, I had some old patterns for men's and boys' pajamas (Simplicity 9499) that I had found at a thrift store and I figured that now was a great time to use them. Sure enough, the men's shorts pattern fit perfectly on some of our old T-shirts!
The directions that came with the pattern were very straightforward and simple. I made sure to reinforce all of the seams with a zig-zag stitch so that the shorts would be nice and sturdy. In no time at all, my husband had a new pair of sleeping shorts!
They are wonderfully comfy and the T-shirt material is so soft!
Next project: making a pair for myself!