As you all know I’m an avid mountain biker. See here for more examples. Now that the weather is quite chilly these days, shorts simply won’t cut it. Not to mention I’ve put on a bit of blubber so it’s harder than ever to get my shorts on – long story I’ll tell you that one sometime.
I might as well tell you that one now, the story isn’t that long. How many times do we say “long story” and then go ahead and it takes like 2 seconds to tell. I know that’s happened to me. So I’m on eBay browsing around and I see these mountain biking shorts, Kathmandu (which is a super overpriced brand here Aus-land) going for like $15 bucks. I’m like, “dude, that’s a bargain!” so I bid and won. When they came, they had a strap going around the waist, so you can slip them on and yank it tight. Problem was, the strap around the waist only opened so far, and it’s a bit of a struggle to get them over my bulbous derriere. Well I gained some weight recently and where does it head for first? My bulbous.
That was slightly more than 2 seconds, but you know.
Anyway so I needed pants to ride in. I tried the black tights I have for running, but seriously, riding around with tights on just didn’t go well. So I’d been riding around in pegged pants.
That is, until I thought to myself, “Rather than go to all this trouble every time I want to ride, why not just make the pant legs narrower?” And so I did. And, I’ll be super cool because the result, the result would be just like those ultra hip kids going around in skinny pants. Oh yeah.
The plan was propelled into action the day I put my food through Willy’s pants, which were lying on the floor in the parental bedroom. This seems about the right diameter, so I used his pants for sizing purposes (16 cm) when determining how big an opening I’d need at the bottom.
It was harder than you might at first think. Those jeans did not want to just be stitched in a straight line, the actual cut of the leg was such that the back piece of fabric was bigger than the front piece, and the angle it was cut meant that I had to figure out how to stitch it without getting big ripples. I didn’t entirely succeed, but I would say that in the end I accomplished what I’d set out to do.
If you look closely, you can see where one of my knee patches is actually going at an angle into the seam. I know, you wish you had a pair. After thinking long and hard, I have decided that I will sell them to you.
Which is pretty reasonable considering what the market charges for designer looks such as this.
Speaking of fashion, did you know that designers, once they make their clothes, cannot copyright them? Watch all about it here.