City Gym Shorts

Last year my kids picked out a couple of fabrics to make up into pyjamas. These fabrics sat for ages in my stash, waiting for the right inspiration to come knocking.

Then I saw this great set of instruction from Purl Soho, to make up their City Gym Shorts. I figured — why not pyjama pants?

I printed out the pattern and then compared an existing pair of shorts to determine what size I should use — my kids have small waists and still have size 2 shorts in their cupboards, despite wearing size 6 in shirts!

The pattern instructions were easy to follow, although I deviated in the construction in the way that I attached the binding. I like to attach the binding to the wrong side, and then flip over the edge and topstitch. That way I am sure to catch both sides of the binding!


Both kids received these shorts for Christmas. I put my own tag into the garment where these things usually go — previously I have had cross words from them because they couldn’t work out how to put their pants on!


The tags are very simple: just the same bias binding I used for the edge, pressed flat and folded over so it tucks into the waist band. The bias edge has not frayed much in the wash since Christmas (maybe about 3 washes?)

I expect that I may make these every year, and the eldest has expressed interest in having a pair, too. So I’m storing the pattern on a skirt hanger, in my spare room wardrobe:


I like that this keeps the pattern clean and flat! I usually lose my self-drafted patterns in my sewing mess, if I attempt to roll them up. 🙂

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