How to Sew Shorts in 7 Steps | Loungewear Set Part 2 of 2

For Christmas, I got my bestie @alykuro and I UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy; Alyssa’s is baby blue and mine is lavender. Then I had the thought to make us matching loungewear sets! And so here we are. Here’s a little sewalong! Click the video below to watch or just keep scrolling for the written instructions.


This is a tutorial on how to make shorts in 7 steps. Since loungewear sets are trending, and have been trending, and probably won’t stop trending anytime soon, I decide to create a couple tutorial videos on how to make your own!






Head over to PeachPatterns and purchase the Avalon Shorts Pattern. It’s only $8.50! The pattern is a PDF download and comes with two ways you can finish the shorts: a basic hem and a curved/scalloped edge.


I’ve made a bunch of shorts for myself, my friends, and even my boyfriend by referencing this pattern! Honestly, the best $8.50 I’ve spent on a pattern.


I’m not going to go into too much detail here since the instructions from PeachPatterns are great so once you purchase that patten you can reference those. However, I’ll provide some notes and tips that I thought were beneficial when making these shorts and my process. Please go and purchase this pattern. All credit goes to PeachPatterns for their awesome work--this is just a little sewalong I wanted to create to supplement it!


NOTE: Unless indicated, I’m using a 4.0 stitch length for top stitching and then a 2.5 stitch length for everything else.




before you begin sewing...

  • WASH + DRY + IRON your fabric

  • DOWNLOAD PATTERN. I got the SHORTS PATTERN from Etsy. It was $8.50.

  • ASSEMBLE PATTERNS + CUT OUT PATTERN PIECES It took me about 1.5 hours total to print, tape, and cut both patterns while I watched The Queen’s Gambit.

  • For the hoodie, I used SIZE 8/10.

  • For the shorts, I used US 6 / EUR 38.

  • For reference, my measurements are:

  • BUST: 35-in

  • WAIST: 29.5-in

  • HIPS: 37.5-in

  • THIGH: 20-in



materials + supplies

  • PRINTER + PAPER. I print my patterns on scratch paper. I encourage you to do the same :)

  • REGULAR SCISSORS These are my favorite pair of scissors I’ve ever owned!

  • MATCHING THREAD (i.e. I got lavender thread to match the lavender fabric)

  • SEWING MACHINE, duh. See link for mine!

  • SERGER (optional). See link for mine!

  • CHALK or PENCIL for marking.

  • FABRIC SHEARS or ROTARY CUTTER

  • THREAD SNIPS

  • 3 YARDS OF YOUR CHOICE OF FABRIC. I used Kona Cotton to make mine and Alyssa’s lounge sets because it was the only fabric that best matched our UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy. However, I would recommend using something like terrycloth.

  • IRON + IRONING BOARD



how to sew the shorts


STEP 1. CUT PATTERN PIECES

  • It took me about an hour to print, tape, and cut the pattern pieces.

  • I used US 6 / EUR 38. Again, for reference, my measurements are:

  • BUST: 35-in

  • WAIST: 29.5-in

  • HIPS: 37.5-in

  • THIGH: 20-in


STEP 2. CUT FABRIC

  • Here I have 7 PATTERN PIECES:

  • SHORTS FRONT - cut 2 face to face

  • SHORTS BACK - cut 2 face to face

  • POCKETS - cut 2 face to face

  • WAISTBAND - cut 1 on fold

  • NOTE: I’m sewing the basic hem option without the drawstring.

  • Again, I used Kona Cotton to make mine and Alyssa’s lounge sets because it was the only fabric that best matched our UNWELL beanies from Call Her Daddy.


OPTIONAL STEP. SERGE EDGES


Serging the edges is just something that makes me feel better about the interior of the garment. It looks clean and I love serging anything.



STEP 4. CREATE + ATTACH POCKETS

  • With the SHORTS FRONT panels facing right side up, place pocket pieces on top.

  • Cut the pocket openings. I serged the pockets to the shorts front. But, when you flip them inside out, you can see part of the serging.

  • If you serged all of your pieces prior to sewing everything together, you may end up with the problem of being able to see part of the serged edges. To fix this, we’re just gonna stitch alongside the serged edge.





  • So, I sewed alongside the serging with a ⅝-in seam allowance.

  • Flip pocket pieces over and press. Top stitch along openings using a 4.0 stitch length.

  • Fold the pocket piece in half to create the pocket. The instructions say to baste stitch to hold the pocket in place but I just pinned / clipped them.

  • DON’T FORGET to sew the bottom of your pockets shut! I’ve done this before. See below lol.





STEP 5. ASSEMBLE SHORTS

  • Match together the right sides of shorts front and shorts back. Use ⅜-in seam allowance to sew shorts together at both side seams.

  • Press in-seam open. Press the side seam toward the back of the shorts. Top stitch in-seam on both sides. Top stitch side seam.

  • Repeat this on the opposite side.

  • Next, we’ll sew these pieces together and create the crotch seam using a ⅜-in seam allowance. One shorts piece should be right side out and the other should be wrong side out. Insert the right side out piece into the wrong side out piece so that the right sides are touching. Sew together to create the crotch seam.



STEP 6. ATTACH WAISTBAND + INSERT ELASTIC

  • Sew the waistband right sides together and press seams open.

  • I marked the center of the waistband so that I could match it to the center front of the shorts and then I clipped them into place. Clip or pin right sides together and sew using a ⅜-in seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 2.5-in gap at the back of the shorts. You’ll insert the elastic through this hole.

  • Unfold waistband. I pressed my serged edge down and folded it to match the waistband stitch. Pin as you go.

  • Top stitch this using a 4.0 stitch length. Make sure you don’t top stitch over the gap!

  • There’s an elastic sizing guide in the instructions but the measurements didn’t work out too great for me. Maybe it’s because my elastic is from a secondhand store and not as taught as brand new Drtiz elastic. ANYWAY, I just took my string of elastic and wrapped it around my waist and made sure it was tight enough so that my shorts wouldn’t fall. My elastic measured 26-in.

  • I used a safety pin and inserted my elastic through the waistband like so. If anyone has any better tips, please share!

  • Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1-in and sew them together using one of these types of stitches. Pull the elastic into the waistband (without getting it twisted). Top stitch the gap shut.



STEP 7. HEM SHORTS

  • I tried on the shorts and decided I wanted them way shorter than the pattern. So I folded the shorts up about 2-in. The inseam for my shorts ended up being just a little over 1-in.

  • I hemmed the shorts at 1-in and used a 4.0 top stitch.



Here’s the finished pair of shorts! Thanks PeachPatterns! Again, please go and purchase this pattern. All credit goes to PeachPatterns for their awesome work. This is just a little sewalong I wanted to create to supplement it!