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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.

In case you were wondering, the nearest clam digging would be about 600 miles west.