I love taking things that I already own and use them as my pattern. Doing this let’s me invest more money into my fabric choice, since I am not buying a pattern. Working with clothes in your closet also gives you the opportunity to understand garment construction.
Ok so let’s get started.
A pair of Shorts that fit you well (preferably not made from a knit fabric.)
1-2 yards of fabric depending on your size.
So first fold your fabric in half with right sides touching and the wrong side facing you.
Lay your shorts on top like so cut out. I usually cut my fabric about 1″ bigger than my pattern(shorts). Except for the top of the shorts add an extra 2″ (this will be your waist portion) Feel free to add or reduce the seam allowance at the bottom (leg area) to make the shorts the desired length.
You will end up with 4 pieces like this.
Next lay two pieces with right sides of the fabric touching like so
Now let’s head to the sewing machine. Pin the following area as shown below.
And sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance like so
It is very important to STOP at the crotch……DO NOT GO ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM. (Sidenote: I use single prong hair clips that I purchased just for sewing from the beauty supply. I like them better than pins and it’s a lot cheaper than the clover clips. You can purchase 80 hair clips for $5.00. I use pins mostly when draping fabric on my mannequin.)
Repeat those steps with the other 2 pieces. Then finish off your seam edge by serging, zig-zag or using pinking sheers. To prevent your edges from fraying. I used my serger but any of the above methods will work when finishing your seam edges.
Next open the shorts up and press the seam nice and flat and smooth.
Ok so now with your shorts opened up, your going to lay them with right sides of the fabric touching and sew the side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance like so
Finish off the seam edges like you did previously and press.
Next sew the crotch area like so
And finish and press the seam edges.
Ok so let’s hem the top and bottom of the shorts by folding by folding over 1/4″ and 1″ and press. It will look something like this
I add a ribbon at the back as a tag which is totally optional.
It’s time to sew the bottom hem of each leg staying close to THE edge. When sewing the waist remember to leave a 2″ opening to feed your elastic through.
Next up measure the elastic around your waist and cut. Put a large safety pin in one end of the elastic an a large straight pin on the other end like so (sidenote: The safety pin helps you feed the elastic through while the straight pin keeps the other end of elastic from getting lost in the casing.)
Feed the elastic into the opening
All the way through the casing
Now it’s time to sew the elastic together by over lapping an using a zig-zag stitch. Go back and forth a few times to ensure it’s secure
Close up the opening and your all done.
Here’s another pair I made which are in a great orange, yellow and navy blue African Print with an attached sash belt.
Enjoy & Happy Sewing and please feel free to ask question.