Tutorial: Soft Shorts

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
These shorts are pretty much all I want to wear in the summer. They're loose and airy, and soft. There's almost no worry about sizing, because this pattern is one size fits most, and elastics are my friends.

Soft Shorts

Want to make your own? Here's a quick tutorial. The dimensions for the pattern are below. (Also, save that Amazon packaging paper! It's awesome for patterns!)

Soft Shorts

The shorts require exactly 2 pieces of fabric, with identical dimensions, and enough elastic to fit around your waist.

Soft Shorts

See? Two pieces. The pattern includes seam allowances and hemlines.

  1. Draw the pattern above. Yes you need to take out your Crayolas and a ruler. If it's not perfect, don't worry! Roughly approximate curves will still work out here.
  2. Cut out two pieces of fabric based on the pattern above. Don't forget you have to fold the fabric.
  3. Take one piece, and fold it in half, right sides together, then sew the short curves together. You should now have a partial tube.
  4. Repeat for the other piece.
  5. Take both tubes, align the long curves together, right sides facing, and sew all the way along the curve. When you're done, you'll basically have a pair of shorts, just with a really big waist.
  6. Cut a piece of 1" elastic the length of your waist, wherever you want the shorts to sit.
  7. Sew the ends of the elastic together, so you have a circle.
  8. Fold the fabric at the top of the shorts over the elastic to create a tube for the elastic. Sew all the way around to encase the elastic. You might have to stretch the elastic as you go.
  9. Hem the bottom of the shorts.

Other nice options:
  • Serge or zig zag the raw edges of the inside seams. Since there are only 2 seams, it's not a lot of work. I covet finished seams. Plus your sewing will last longer.
  • Turn under the fabric that encases your elastic so that you hide the raw edge.
  • Take length off the bottom of the shorts, for something more modern looking.
  • Add length to the bottom of the shorts to make culottes.
  • Don't use elastic. Pleat the waist, and add a zipper.

Soft Shorts

The fabric I used here is yet another reincarnated duster, and I love the colors. I prefer wearing tops and shorts to sleep because shifts and night dresses always ride up during the night. Now that I've made these, I want a dozen more! Though, honestly I probably only need two to alternate.

Nest time, another variation! I DID OPTIONAL STUFF.
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