On my trips to Wal-Mart I always check their fabric section for great values. This time I found a precut of 3 yards gray denim for $8.
Of course, Kwik Sew 3504 jeans pattern came to mind. I have made this pattern several times in both jeans and shorts. I make a medium and taper in at the top to make them fit. I also add two inches to the inseam.
I am using a machine I have had for a few years, a Kenmore 148.15600. This machine is all metal and has some fancy stitches and a built-in buttonholer. I talked about it in this Blog.