Tutorial - One Piece Short - FREE PDF Pattern

1.  With the right sides together, pin the 2 pieces of fabric together along the seam line to ensure the pieces do not move around when you start sewing.

2.  Sew along the FRONT seam line (from the waistline to the bottom of the crutch. Repeat for the BACK seam line.

    Tutorial 1 Sew Shorts
    3. Cut notches on the outside of BOTH front and back seams to allow the fabric to move and bend at the curves.

    Tutorial Sew Crutch Seam

    4.  Open up the pants, keeping the wrong side up (right side of fabric together), so that the front and back seams sit on top of one another. Press open the seam.

    Tutorial Sew Leg Seam Shorts

    Tutorial Sew Shorts

    5.  Pin the front and back crutch seams together. Sew.

    Tutorial Sew Short Leg Seam
    6. To hem the legs. Fold 1cm up from the bottom edge of each leg. Press flat with an iron. Then fold again up 1.5 cm. Press and pin in place. The folded edge of the fabric should be in line with the dotted hem line marked on the pattern. Measure and check. Correct if necessary.  Sew in place.
    Tutorial Sew Shorts Hem
    Tutorial Shorts Hem Leg

    7.  To hem the waist and create a channel for the elastic; fold down 1 cm from the top edge and press flat with an iron. Fold down 3 cm and press again.

    Make sure you leave a 2 cm gap at the back to insert the elastic. Mark the gap and sew the waistband channel.

    Tutorial Sew Shorts Waistband
    8.  Measure the elastic around your waist so it is firm but not tight. Cut the length to your waist measurement plus a 1 inch overlap. Thread the elastic through the waistband by clipping a safety pin to one end of the elastic and feeding it through until it comes out of the gap again.
    Tutorial Shorts Elastic Waist
    Tutorial Shorts Insert Elastic
    Sew shorts elastic waist

    9.  Make sure the elastic is not twisted inside the waistband. Overlap both ends by 1 inch and sew together using a zig zag stitch. Massage the elastic so it sits back inside the waist band.

    Tutorial Finished Shorts

    Tutorial shorts add trim

    10.  You may like to add some personal touches like a ribbon bow at the front waist or lace to the hems of the legs. 

    How To Sew Shorts | Free Pattern
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