Hamish, I shrunk ya trews

Before bedtime, AJ presented me with the list of things she needed to take on her next day school trip. In all fairness to her, I had seen the list the week before, but after major excitement at the weekend….it went straight out of my head.

Among the list was the request for old trousers to be worn, but not jeans, as they take too long to dry. The school trip required a bit of river wading. Hmm. She had nothing that would fit the bill. I suggested her sports trousers and she went to bed less than convinced.

Then inspiration hit. My dh had put some trousers out for recycling. I had been hanging on to them, thinking I’d cut them down for TF, who in typical boy style, goes through the knees of trousers far too quickly. OK, why not for AJ instead. They would be old and not jeans. How could she object.

I borrowed her school trousers, which fit her, and I used them as a pattern. The trusty sewing machine was hauled out.  Two hours later, the trousers were not only ready, but had been through the washing machine and were hanging on the Aga to dry over night.

In the morning, I woke AJ and just happened to mention that I had made her some trousers. Love the double take of someone who wakes up to surprising news. They fitted. Phew. She liked them. Double phew. She wore them on her trip. Triple phew.

I cut the trousers so that I could reuse the original hem and the side seam. It meant that the cargo pant style pockets sit on her hips, but she is so slim that this looks quite good. (No way would this work on me!!!)

Last night when I showed my husband, I told him that I had shrunk his trousers. For a moment, he looked taken back. I guess when you live with someone, who shrinks old jumpers and wet felts wool rovings, then the idea of that person boil washing your trousers until they shrink… well it all becomes more probable! Incidently, this is where the title comes into it. Although my husband is not called Hamish and they weren’t tight-fitting tartan trousers, but apart from that…..

Now AJ thinks that I can do anything. She has gone through the rest of the trousers, put out for recycling, and requested two more pairs of trousers. Why not.

12 thoughts on “Hamish, I shrunk ya trews

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 12:16 am

    WOW! I think you can do anything too. The trousers look fantastic and how wonderful that you could make them from something else. Upcycling, I love it!
    Anne xx

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      I feel really good making use of something that would have been put out for recycling. It makes sense.

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Would you come teach me to do anything, too? Better yet…you could just do the magic for me!! 😈 Well done!!

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      First lesson is to leave yourself no time to do it! I work well in that kind of scenario! 😀

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 6:08 am

    What a great re-sew, and I love that now you’re daughter believes you can do anything, I wonder what wonderful sewing projects she has planned for you, lol.

    lily x

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Heaven help me! They all seem to think I can do it all. I should enjoy it for now. I’m sure that they will uncover the truth one day.

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    that’s amazing! and so quick! WOW.

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      It was quick! I amazed the whole family with the speed.

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Excellent mama! I breathed sighs of relief at each step with you!!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      The time was tight. I knew if I made a big mistake then I may as well call it a day. Phew!

  • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Brilliant !!
    Good old Mum

    • Wednesday 20 July, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks Briony. I’m just relieved that she liked them!

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