Sam gets a lot of good thinking done in these shorts! Most of his brilliant ideas come when he’s wearing them ;-). Sam loves his Daddy and wants to be just like him, so I used a pair of Daddy’s shorts that were too small for Daddy to make a pair for Sam.
I just cut out the middle as much as I could, while still leaving the pockets in tact, using a shorts pattern to get the right shape in the crotch and legs and sewed that back together. I kept the original waistband, which required cutting it and ripping it apart from the shorts a bit while I sewed the middle seam. Then I put some elastic in the back waistband and put it all back together. This really was a pretty easy thing to do! It only took maybe an hour!