Bodge it (and Badger)

A reference for all of you familiar with early 00’s Children’s TV…

I mentioned before that I made these City Gym Shorts (free pattern) shorts but hadn’t shown you them.

They’re perfectly wearable (ignoring the seam in the crotch from when I ended up with upside down dinosaurs and no spare fabric), if only I hadn’t made them so small in the waist!

This seam shouldn’t be here, there isn’t one at the other side…

I’m not quite sure how I got it so wrong. I thought I made the correct size after measuring my hips, lengthening them by 1 1/2″, and didn’t overlap the sides too much, just possibly a tiny bit more than I was supposed to.

Time to fix this.

When I unpicked the side seams I figured I could do with some extra fabric there, so I created a panel for each side 2 1/2″ wide and top stitched that in. Then I chopped the existing waistband fabric nearly in half lengthwise and added a few more inches to the end. Instead of feeding the elastic into the waistband, I followed Lladybird’s tutorial.

Ta da!

I would definitely make these shorts again despite the heartache these ones caused as they’re reasonably quick to do but I would a) double check the sizing and definitely use a bigger size in future and, b) Check the direction I folded the pattern before cutting out the pieces and most importantly, c) Use shop bought bias binding, those edges as nice and matchy as they are took me HOURS! Lengthening the pattern was definitely a good idea too else these would be slightly hot pant-y.

Fabric is from Jurassic Coast by Lewis and Irene.

Still procrastinating the Lizzy House Dinosaur shirt (no I don’t know what my dinosaur obsession is about either)! Pattern pieces are cut out, fabric is washed and ironed and buttons are selected so I really should just get on with it!

Badger! I almost forgot I promised you a badger…

Hank had this for literally a day before badger lost his head fluff, squeak and facial features. The ear was gone in minutes. Poor badger. He replaces fox (RIP) who went to his dustbin grave with no feet, head or tail, just a smelly empty body tube…


  1. Posted June 15, 2015 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Cool shorts!! I love the dinosaur fabric. I bet all the things you learnt from this pair will make the next one take half the time. Poor badger. I bet Hank enjoyed every minute of showing him who’s boss!

  2. Posted June 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Ha! I’m now singing the bodger and badger theme! I’m glad Hank enjoyed… er….. getting to know old Brock there. Great shorts!

  3. Posted June 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    You did a great job fixing them, the panels look like they’re meant to be there. Nothing wrong withna dinosaur obsession, my nephew has one too. He is 3 though…

  4. Posted June 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Nice shorts….but where’s the mashed potato…?

  5. Posted June 16, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    You can never go wrong with dinosaurs!! Shorts look great in the end and poor poor badger.

  6. Posted June 16, 2015 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I am so impressed at your rescue efforts, I think I might have thrown them in the corner and sulked! I hope that next time they are easy peasy.

  7. Posted June 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    love the shorts – great fabric. Our charly goes through toys in about 15mins except for Tuffy ones. Tripple stitched they say – costs a fortune about 20Euro a toy but the only ones that last!

  8. Posted June 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m catching up with the reading here. I am glad you fixed the shorts, they are cute.

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