Marmoset needed a pair of black athletic shorts for his soccer "uniform". His league only plays 8 games, so I didn't want to spend much on gear. I couldn't find black shorts at my favorite second-hand stores or the cheap box stores, because all the summer stuff has been clearanced, so I improvised. I found a pair of lightweight knit pants that were too short for him, but fit at the waist. I picked off the side pockets, and cut them down into shorts. I used another pair of shorts as a guide for length, since he was at school while I was sewing. I used a three step zig-zag stitch for the hem, so the seam lies flat, but still stretches. I think they turned out pretty well, and it took less time than getting to the store and back.
I will be contributing this and other creative clothing alterations to the website Wardrobe Refashion for the next couple of months. Along with that comes the Wardrobe Refashion pledge not to buy any new clothes during that period. Should be fun! I already have a whole stack of things waiting to be transformed. You can check out my projects along with many others at http://nikkishell.typepad.com/wardroberefashion/