Pants are easy to make, easy to make, but can be a bear to fit. Shorts are nothing more than short pants, so fitting issues can be just as much of a problem with shorts as they are with pants. One of the lovely features with the Dixie DIY Movies In The Park shorts is that some fitting issues can be taken care of once the shorts are made as the side seams are not sewn until the very end.
To give the shorts a lovely fit across the back, a dart has been included. Once you have cut out your shorts, begin by sewing the 2 back darts.
The next step will be to sew the front leg to the back leg along the inseam. Once the inseams have been sewn, sew the 2 legs together along the crotch seam. Remember, the side seams will remain open until the end.
If you would like to accent the shorts with a contrasting trim, piping works beautifully along the pocket edge as well as around the waistband yokes. By making your own piping, you can give your shorts a truly custom made look. If you are making your own piping, be sure to cut the fabric on the bias. I cut my strips 1 1/2″ wide. Fold the strip around the cord and using a zipper foot, stitch the fabric close to the cord.
Once the piping has been made, sew it to the pocket edge. Be sure to match the stitching of the piping to the seam line. Once the piping has been sewn, place the pocket on top of the piped edge and sew in place.
Lay open the pocket facing and edge stitch along the piping on the pocket side. This will give the pocket a reinforced edge and will help keep the pocket facing in place.
Turn the pocket facing to the inside of the short and press.
Place the pocket on top of the pocket facing and sew the 2 together.
The pocket is in place.
It is difficult and bulky to have the cord in a seam allowance. So before we go any further, we need to trim down the cord that is inside the piping. Simply grab the edge of the cord and pull out a little more than 5/8″. Remember, our seam allowance is 5/8″, so we need to pull out a little more in order for the cord not to be caught in the seam. Just be careful when pulling the cord so as not to pull the cord too far. Snip off the cord that has been pulled out. Be sure to do this to both ends.
In order to hold the pocket in place, baste the top of the pocket to the edge of the front along the top.
Baste the pocket to the side seam as well.
The next step will be to interface the waistband yokes. You will need to interface the front as well as the back.
If you are piping the waistband yokes, sew the piping to the top and bottom edge, but not to the sides. The sides will be finished with bias tape. Sew the waistband yokes to the front and back.
The last step will be to sew the facing to the waistband yokes. Once sewn, flip to the back, fold up the seam allowance and hand stitch in place. You can see in the picture below that prior to stiching down my facing, I edge stitched the facing.
In our next post, we will talk about making the bias tape and edging the shorts.
Just a few more steps and your shorts will be ready to wear!
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