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Clam Diggers Without the Clams
by April Henry
Sewing for boys, older boys especially, can sometimes be a challenge to a mama who is used to pretty printed fabrics, novelty prints and girly designs. However, with the linen I scored at a local JoAnn's remnant bin, my little young man was so pleased to receive these mama-made "clam diggers". Linen has such a timeless feel to it - a bit more of an open weave as compared to traditional cotton wovens, but still quite soft (after it had been laundered in hot water and machine-dried twice to maximize shrinkage). I decided to use an Ottobre pattern I have used for sewing pants for him before ~ 02/2005 size 128 (approx. 8-9)
Cowboy was so excited to get these short pants/long shorts ("clam diggers") but was not pleased when I told him I wanted pictures. Stinker. I pleaded and he relented. However, when we got outside, one would never know he disapproved 5 minutes prior because he quite enjoyed being centered in the camera. Such a silly kid.
I made him tuck his shirt in so the pant details could be photographed, but otherwise he would most likely wear the shirt out.