Sewing Shorts, Step By StepNovember 13, 2007 4:42 pm Uncategorized
Yesterday, I talked about sewing gift ideas for the holidays. Another gift idea that seems to be a hit, especially with young people is either boxer shorts or pajama pants. The only real difference between the two is length; the sewing is the same. (I realize that I’ve talked about sewing shorts before, but I thought I would address it again and go into a bit more detail this time since the gift giving season is upon us. )
Although the shorts that I sewed were little girl’s shorts (play wear) and not boxer shorts the sewing techniques are basically the same. (The only difference is if the boxer shorts pattern has a front fly opening, as many of them do. Sewing fly openings takes lots of practice and I’ve never sewn one and don’t mind admitting I have a fear of them! )
Both boxer shorts and pajama pants can be made out of flannel or a lighter weight cotton fabric. (Boxer shorts may also be sewn using silk or light weight satin, or other light weight fabrics.) Personally, I like to make the pj pants out of cotton flannel because it is so warm and cozy, but I usually prefer sewing boxer shorts using 100% cotton fabric. The fabric choice can make sewing these shorts or pj pants fun because it can be plain, very colorful, or a whimsical print.
Obviously, the first thing to do is choose the pattern for the shorts you are sewing. The pattern that I used had two pieces–a back leg and a front leg.
The picture on the left above is the back leg pattern and the picture on the right is the front leg. ( I apologize that these pictures aren’t clearer, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate. )
The first step is to pin the pattern pieces to the fashion fabric and cut them out. The next step is to take the tissue paper pattern off of the fashion fabric, and press the fabric. There will be two back legs and two front legs. Pressing at this stage will help the sewing process go more smoothly.
The picture above shows the back leg of the shorts on the left and the front leg on the right. The little short seam (that you will sew) that is seen in the middle of the picture is the inner leg seam and that is sewn first. Pin a front leg to a back leg , right sides of fabric together, and sew the inner leg seam. Once this seam is sewn, press the seam open. (More pictures can be found at www.sewseamless.com/Page33.html)
Once the inner leg seam is sewn and pressed open, the next step is to pin the side seam of each leg and sew. Again, make sure that you pin a front leg to a back leg (this is very important! ) and sew the side seam.
The picture above shows the long side seam of the shorts on the right. At this stage, the side seam was pinned, but not sewn yet. (More pictures can be found at www.sewseamless.com/Page34.html).
Once the inner leg seam and the side seam have been sewn, there will be two separate legs for the shorts. There are several ways to sew the crotch seam, but I will be explaining the technique that I believe is easiest for beginners. That explanation will come in a later post.
Stay tuned for the next post about sewing shorts!