One perk to being a GoToPattern Brand Ambassador is that I have an opportunity to stitch up patterns that I might not have otherwise tried…. a great case in point is Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Hang Time Basketball Shorts. I had never given any thought to making my own shorts for Easton largely because they are so easy to buy in stores, but boy was I wrong!
First off, let me say, the Hang Time Shorts were incredibly easy to sew (an advanced beginner could easily tackle this project) and they stitched up in an afternoon. The side stripe (with the option of adding bias tape to the edges) and the drawstring elastic on the inside of the shorts (my first time using it, too) gives it a great ready-to-wear finish. As for the fit, I think it’s pretty spot on without needing to make any modifications. I sewed up the size 7/8 and found that the waist is perfect (without having to draw up the cording a bunch to make it fit), but the length is a bit longer than what he currently wears (fortunately that is an easy fix).
Overall I am EXTREMELY pleased with the results. I’ve found that a lot of purchased shorts in Easton’s sizing runs a bit large so I’m frequently taking them in just a bit to make them fit more securely – sewing my own has proven to be quick and easy, with professional results, and a great fit. Best of all I was able to stitch up this entire look (including the shirt I made earlier in the week) for under $10! Now, I’m on the hunt for more material (this is a bit on the thin side) to make some more coordinating outfits. Anyone have suggestions for ‘basketball short’ type material?