You do not need our pattern to sew these shorts but it’s recommended. If you’re using a different pattern, or if you’ve created your own pattern, follow along with the instructions and make shorts with us!
Flat front shorts are not hard to sew. They might look like they are---cause the finished product is all awesome and professional looking---but we're using many of the same steps to get a Short that looks really snazzy.
Basic Shorts....and you end up with a more polished and professional look. It's my favorite way to sew shorts for my kids.
Grab your Front pattern piece and note the diagonal dotted line labeled "Flat Front Fold".
Simply fold the pattern under along that line (but don't cut it so you can still use the pattern when making Basic Shorts ).
Basic Shorts tutorial).
TIP #1: When folding the fabric, fold it with right sides together. Then once your patter pieces are cut, they're already "right sides together" and totally ready to sew!
We're going to start sewing the shorts the same way we did in the Basic Shorts tutorial (for fine details, read through that tutorial).
--Use a 3/8 inch Seam Allowance for this entire tutorial---
Now pin the side seams together. Pull the first side seam over so it reaches the Back side seam and pin, then pull the other side seam over and pin.
Reference the chart included in the pattern for the proper elastic amount.
Basically the elastic length should be half of your waist size, plus an extra 1/2 to 1 inch (for wiggle room when sewing it to the side seams)
We're using 1 inch wide elastic and I prefer Knit elastic (over Braid or Woven) because it tends to not roll up inside of the waistband over time.
Enter through one opening at the side seam and push the elastic through till you have only a small tail of elastic sticking out at the first opening. This doesn't need to be exact (and try not to pull it too far or you'll have to start over)....but when there's about a 1/2 inch of elastic left at the opening, sew that end in place. I keep it real simple in this step. Simply sew down the waistband, right along the side seam, sewing the elastic and fabric together (see bottom right photo).
Trim the ends of the elastic so they don't poke into your waistband.
In all honesty, these shorts are so easy to make that I personally don't think it's worth the time to make an adjustable waist and I don't think it looks as nice either. The beauty of sewing for your child is that you can make clothing to fit their particular body size. So, in my opinion, forgo an adjustable waist and simply sew a new pair of awesome flat front shorts if they grow out of them!
Let's sew the Front of the waistband in place!
First is to pin the waistband down and then sew it in place. The pinning is fairly easy to do because we already ironed it down in previous steps. However, when sewing, you'll sometimes end up with small bunches of fabric folds in your waistband.
Iron the hemlines under a 1/2 inch and then another 1 inch and sew them in place.
You could stop right there. But for this girly pair let's add some buttons....just for fun.
Hopefully your boardwalk looks a little bit like this....
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