Shorts Tutorial

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I used the Essential Pants Pattern from Etsy shop Jocole. This is a top bargain PDF pattern you get pattern for shorts, capri trousers & full length trousers for ages  stated. Its a very easy pattern to use with a quick guide of how to make which minimises printing!

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First of all I folded my folded. Only fold what need so about the width of your pattern.

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Place pattern on the fabric so is straight. Some patterns have a point to measure from to ensure its in correct position this one doesn’t.

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Cut 2 front & 2 backs. They need to be opposites of each other which is why it’s important to cut on folded fabric.

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Once cut out measure the width of the leg holes.

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using that measurement but out 4 strips. My leg holes are about 18cm wide & i cut the strips about 6 cm height. Repeat for your waistband but cut one long strip on the fold. The elastic I used was 2.5 cm so I cut waistband 7 cm (2 x 2.5 cm because folded plus 2 cm for turning).

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Sew the leg hole strips right sides together with 1 cm seam allowance, to create 2 ‘loops’.

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Sew the sides of the shorts with 1 cm seam allowae also. You need to place a front piece right sides to a back piece & sew the long straightest edge.

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You next sew the inside leg of each sewn piece with 1 cm seam allowance.

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You should have 2 complete legs of shorts. Turn one of these right side out & place inside the other matching the seams as shown.

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Its also a good idea to mark which is front & which is back so the waistband remains how should. A back wasitband is higher than a front.

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Sew the crutch using 1 cm seam allowance.

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The elastic I’m using is 2.5 cm wide so to allow for sewing space i measure 3 cm down from waist & place waist band right side to right side as shown.

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Sew this in place once measured & pinned it whole way round. Use maximum of 0.5 cm allowance. Do this on the OUTSIDE of the shorts.

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Fold over 0.5 cm on the other edge.

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Fold whole waistband to inside, you could also add a ribbon to the back centre to make it easier to identify. I also positioned the seam of the waistband to align with the shorts seam.

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Once all pinned & even measurements sew as close to folded edge.

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Leave a 5 cm gap for putting elastic through.

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With a safety pin on 1 end thread the elastic through till comes out other side, remember to gather waistband as do this or will lose the opposite end.

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Once through pull a bit more so clear of the shorts & overlap elastic ends. Secure with a wide zigzag stitch, go over it a couple of times to ensure is strong. Close up gap.

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Place the leg extras right side to right side of shorts edge to edge. Match up the 2 seams to the side seams of the shorts & pin.

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Sew in place using 1 cm seam allowance.

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Fold over the over edge about 0.5 cm seam allowance.

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Fold over the leg cuff to inside so the folded egde sits just on the previous stitch  line.

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Sew this in place on the outside. If you sew on the outside & it looks neat doesn’t matter if slightly wonky inside.

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Your done!

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Perfect fit over Baby Critters cloth nappy, these are size 6-12 months.

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He is happy here I promise 2 second after I took this picture he launched at me giggling for a cuddle 🙂

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You may chose to overlock you inside raw edges. I did.

TRACY 🙂

I am a mum of 2 boys and 1 girl.

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