Here for the Pattern
You will need two different fabrics, which we will call color A and
Two: Fabric scraps (Color A)
Two: 8 3/4" x 2" leg bands (Color B)
One: 16" x 2" (Color B) waistband
11" of 1/4" elastic
Safety Pin to pull elastic through waist casing.
The seam allowance is built into
the pattern. Do not add it.
Seam allowance is 1/4" for this pattern.
out Pattern. Make sure the box around
the pattern is the indicated size.
Cut out 2 of the pattern from Color A.
Cut out 2 leg bands 8
1/4" x 2" from Color
Cut out one waistband 13
x 2" from Color B.
Take the 13 3/4" waistband. Fold in half the long way, wrong sides together, and
Repeat for the two 8 1/4" leg bands.
Tip: The wrong side
of the fabric is also called the 'inside'.
Make sure not to put the right (or outside) sides together.
Pin the leg bands right sides together to the bottoms of each of the
shorts pattern, raw edges together.
Refer to the pattern for top and bottom.
Sew across. Press seams of cuffs up towards the top.
Tip: When you place your
pins, make them jut out from the fabric as much as possible.
This makes it much easier
to remove each pin as you come to it during
NEVER sew over a pin if you can avoid it. This can break or dull
your sewing needle.
Pin shorts, right sides together, and then sew curved
seam on one side only.
and pin on waistband. (The waistband is the casing for the
Tip: when you are sewing
a seam, start 1/4" down from the top,
backstitch up, and then continue down.
When you reach the end, backstitch up 1/4". This make sure you
don't have to clip
threads right at the edge of your sewing. Instead, they will be
cut 1/4" from end.
Fold shorts back, right sides together, pin, and sew other curved seam.
want to leave a bit open to insert elastic so, sew as
Press waistband seam towards shorts.
Open, pin at center seam, pin at cuff seam, and sew up and then down
Turn right side out, and then press.
Insert elastic into waistband casing. Pull out on both ends, and
then pin ends of elastic
together 'about' an inch. Sew with a zig-zag stitch.
When finished, pull into casing.