Sewing KID Shorts: The BASIC Shorts

by Dana on June 27, 2013

Welcome to the first part of our KID Shorts series!
This is a series of tutorials to companion the KID Shorts PATTERN, which you can purchase HERE.

If you’ve never sewn shorts before, it’s easier than you think.  Shorts are the perfect project for a beginner to tackle.   And if you’re a seasoned sewer then you know just what we’re talking about!  In little time (and for little money) you can cut, sew, and whip up a pair of shorts your kids will wear all summer long.

Check out all variations we’ve done by clicking a button below:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2013/03/sripes-checks-and-piping-oh-my.html http://www.danamadeit.com/2014/08/kid-shorts-with-knit-fabrics.html

But today we’re starting at the basics, with Basic Shorts.
They have an elastic waistband, come in varying lengths, and might make you do a little jig.

They’re that fun…because basic doesn’t have to mean boring!  With some cute fabric and the right pattern (wink wink), you’re set!

So let’s get started…

This tutorial is part of the companion instructions for our KID Shorts Pattern, which you can purchase HERE.  The pattern comes in 11 sizes, from ages 12 months to 10 years old, for boys and girls.

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!

• Prewash and dry your fabric before getting started
• Print the proper pattern pages for your size (use the chart in the pattern to determine which pages).
• Cut and piece the pages together and we’re ready to cut fabric.

FABRIC
You can use a variety for fabrics: Standard cotton, quilting cotton, seersucker, linen, flannel, lightweight corduroy, knits, and more!  For this basic pair of shorts I’m using a light-weight cotton fabric, from Joann fabrics and there is no “right” or “wrong” side to my particular fabric because both sides of the fabric look the same.  But remember when sewing most fabrics that the “right” side is the good-looking side, the side of the fabric that will be on the outside of your clothing.

 • Fold your fabric in half, selvage to selvage (refer to the photo below).
The selvage is the finished edge of the fabric that typically has printed words and markings.  The cut edge is where your fabric was cut at the fabric store. And the grainline refers to the direction the fabric threads are woven.  That sounds technical.  All you need to remember is that typically, it runs parallel to the selvage edge.  So when you’re laying out your pattern, make sure the grainline marking on the pattern runs parallel to the selvage as well.

Annnnnd of course, there’s always room for breaking the rules.  So if you’re having a “make it work” moment with a small cut of fabric you found in the bottom of your stash…you can also cut the pattern parallel to the Cut edge (just be careful that printed images on the fabric will match up).
OR….you could even cut your fabric on the bias! (45 degree angle) to give checkered fabric a diagonal look.  But I’m getting ahead of myself here…..

Okay.
• Lay your shorts pattern over the folded fabric, with the grainline mark running parallel to the selvage and cut out your pieces.   Because the fabric is folded, you end up with two FRONT pieces and two BACK pieces.

Now let’s talk about basic shorts (and pants) construction.
There are various ways to sew shorts and various patterns.  Some patterns only use 2 pieces, where the front and back of each leg are cut in the same pattern piece.  Some patterns even use the same pattern piece for the front and back of the shorts.  I prefer separate pieces for the front and back because you get a roomier fit in the back for a kid’s bum, and a lower rise in the front for the tummy.

I also prefer 4-piece shorts, where there are 2 Back pieces and 2 Front pieces.  This makes it easier to mix-up the pattern down the road and turn them into racer shorts, to add pockets, etc.

But both methods of shorts construction are great and useful and serve different purposes.

The diagram below shows the various parts of your pattern pieces.  The pieces shown are the two FRONT pieces.  They come together at the crotch seam.  And when sew to the BACK pieces, create leg holes!  Easy stuff.
Ready to sew?
Let’s do it.

1. Sew the Crotch Seams.
With right sides of the fabric together, sew down the crotch area of the two Front pieces and then sew down the crotch area of the two Back pieces.
–Use a 3/8 Inch Seam Allowance for this entire tutorial–


Then iron out your seams.
Ironing is key to make your clothing look professional and less homemade!….so always iron between each step.  When you get to the curve of the crotch, pull the fabric with your left hand to get the iron smoothly down the seam.  And I prefer ironing my entire seam to one side.  You can also iron the seam down the middle, it’s just personal preference.

FINISHING OFF SEAMS:
Typically when I sew garments, I finish off each seam because—depending on the type of fabric you’re using—the seam edges will fray over time and with washing. Woven fabrics will always fray (knit fabrics will not), but depending on how tight the weave is, some fabrics will fray more than others.

Options for finishing the seams are:
• Serge them with a serger machine (overlock machine). You can also use a serger to sew the shorts instead of using a standard sewing machine. OR, you can sew with your sewing machine first (to make sure there are no mistakes, or spots you need to fix with a seam ripper) and then serge off the seam edges (this is what I prefer actually. It leaves more room for error)
• Zigzag over the seam edge or use any type of overlock stitch your machine comes with
• Trim the edges of your seams with pinking shears (those zigzag scissors).

Now all of that being said, you don’t need to finish off the seams unless you’d like to!
Typically I finish off my seams with a serger.  But while creating this pattern, I purposely did not use a serger, nor did I finish off my seams on about 15 pairs of shorts that I sewed for my kids. I did this so I could create them just as the average sewer would be making them. And honestly, as the kids have worn them and as I’ve washed them, the seams are totally great….very little fraying.  Hey, I may stop using my serger!  The waistband and the hems on each leg will be finished off nicely (in further steps below) which I think really helps hold everything together well.

Okay, your shorts should look like this (BACK and FRONT pieces):

Now before the next step, I recommend marking the bottom of the shorts so you can keep track of which end is the top and which is the bottom.  It sounds crazy, but once you sew the crotch closed and you’ve ironed out the seam and you’re folding the shorts back up together, it’s very easy to forget which side is up and which side is down because they both look similar.  I’ve done it.  Multiple times.  But only with the boy-length shorts.  Girl shorts are easier to differentiate.  So, use a pair of Pinking Shears (those zig-zag scissors) to trim the hemline or simply place a sewing pin in the hemline to remind yourself.

Now with right sides of the fabric together, pin the Back and Front of the shorts together at the crotch.  First match up the crotch seams and then continue pinning all the way down the inseams.

2.  Sew the Inseams
In one line of stitching, sew up the inseam of one leg, around the crotch, and down the other inseam.  When you get the middle crotch area, pause, leave you machine needle down in the fabric, and lift your presser foot to pivot the fabric as needed.

Finish off your seams (if desired), iron out the seams, and then fold the shorts back together, with right sides of the fabric together.

3.  Sew the Side Seams.
Match up the side seams of the Front and Back.  The Back leg pieces are slightly wider, so simply pull the Front sides over till they meet the Back sides.  And pin down each side.

If you have a small side tag/label, now is a good time to insert it, about 3-4 inches from the hemline.  If you don’t have personalized labels you could insert a small piece of folded ribbon (just for a fun look) or make some with twill tape and a stamp (more info on my labels here)

Sew down each side seam, finish off the seams (if desired), and iron out your seams.

And just like that…..

Okay. Just two more steps.

4. Sew the waistband. 
In this tutorial we’re sewing a full waistband, with elastic strung thoughout.  In the next tutorial we’ll sew Flat Front Shorts which only have elastic in the back of the shorts.

So….

Iron the edge of the waistband under a 1/2 inch, then iron it under another 1 1/4 inches.  This is wide enough for 1 inch-wide elastic to pull through the casing.

We need to leave an opening in the back of our casing when we sew, so we can string the elastic in and out.  So place a pin to mark a “start” point in the casing, then place another pin 1 1/2 inches over to mark a “stop” point.  Sew from start point to stop point, about 1/8 of an inch from the folded fabric edge.

Cut a piece of 1 inch-wide elastic the proper length for your shorts size (use the chart in the pattern).  In a nutshell…cut the elastic the length of your waist (or the area where the shorts will hang) and add an extra 1/2 inch for overlap.

When it comes to purchasing elastic, I prefer Knit Elastic because it doesn’t curl up inside the waistband the way Braid elastic can sometimes do.  If you’ve had this happen you know what I mean. You can find Knit elastic in most fabric shops.  Or if you think you’ll be sewing tons of shorts (I am!) look on ebay for great deals on 1 inch wide knit elastic.  I purchased 50 yards for only $15. Score!

Okay, with our waistband casing sewn we’re going string elastic through.  Place a safety pin on the end of the elastic, stick it through the casing opening and push the elastic through the casing till it comes out the other end.  Overlap the two ends of the elastic by a 1/2 inch (make sure the elastic is not twisted inside of the casing!)

Sew the elastic ends together with a zigzag stitch.

Then sew the casing opening closed by pulling the fabric slightly to make it taut as you sew.

Final step!

5. Sew the Hemlines.
This shorts pattern was designed with enough length to give you wiggle room on the hem (so you can make the hem as chunky or as narrow as you like).  The best method is to try the shorts on your child and mark exactly where you’d like the hem to hit (I prefer right at, or barely above the knee for boys).  Or just go with our recommended lengths here.

Iron the hemline edge of the shorts under a 1/2 inch on each leg.  Then iron it under another 1 inch on each leg.

Sew the hemlines in place, about 1/8 inch from the edge of the folded hemline.

Sew a personalized label to the back of the waistband (read more about my labels here).   This is purely optional, but the label helps my son remember which is the front of the shorts and which is the back when he’s getting dressed.

And….
Drumroll…..
You’re done!

Can you believe it?  You just sewed shorts!
And they’re pretty stinking cute.

Enjoy your summer afternoon!
And come back tomorrow for our next KID Shorts tutorial.

You can easily purchase the KID Shorts pattern below (and read all the pattern details HERE.)
KID Shorts PDF Pattern – $8
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1 Kyliie Kaye June 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thank you so much for this pattern Dana! I love all of your tutorials! I have just recently started sewing and you have been such an inspiration I also started a blog :)

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2 Kathryn Chavez June 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

I love this pattern, well all of your patterns! Thanks and I look forward to the racer tutorial. But two quick questions: 1. Do you sew your seams open for this or to the side? 2. Do you sew your side seams down?
Thanks!

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3 Dana June 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The seams on the racer shorts are bound with bias tape and then the front side is sewn over the back side. Sorry that prob doesn’t make sense without a visual. I’ll have the tutorial on that soon!

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4 annie June 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

these are so cute! I am going to have to make some soon! you make me just want to go home, open the blinds and sew all the live long day! i love your tutorials and your patterns! They are so easy to follow and give such great pictures! THANK YOU!!!!

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5 palak June 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

yaay! I love these shorts– they are so easy to make– and they are one of those garments that can really save you money in your kids wardrobe!

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6 Melissa Shultz June 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Awesome tutorial and pattern Dana! I just have to say that Lucy looks so grown up in that photo at the top of your post. Such a cutie with those braided pigtails. And I love the color of her shorts. I don’t even have any kids to sew for, but I want to make a pair.
Melissa

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7 Franzi June 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Dana, I love love love the pattern!
I just don’t get this part:
“Now before the next step, I recommend marking the bottom of the shorts so you can keep track of which end is the top and which is the bottom. It sounds crazy, but once you sew the crotch closed, it’s very easy to forget which side is up and which side is down. I’ve done it. Multiple times. But only with the boy-length shorts. Girl shorts are easier to differentiate. So, use a pair of Pinking Shears (those zig-zag scissors) to trim the hemline or simply place a sewing pin in the hemline to remind yourself.”
Isn’t this the problem BEFORE you sew up the crotch because the four parts look almost all the same? Once I’ve sewn the crotch part there’s really only one way to do the rest, no?? *confused*
Or did you just write it in the wrong place in the tutorial??
I just can’t wrap my mind around it!
I hope you know what I mean…;-)
Hugs
Franzi

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8 Dana June 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

haha.
No. What happens is that after you iron out the crotch seam and start to fold the shorts back together to sew the side seams….there are times that I’ve gotten confused and put them back together the wrong way, so that the hemlines are now at the top.
It sounds confusing until you do it once and they’re you’re like…oh shoot. Which way is the top?
Hope that makes sense!

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9 Jackie June 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I’ve done this. So now when I sew shorts, using Dana’s pants pattern, I mark all four pieces: 2 with an “F” for front and 2 with a “B” for back with a water soluble marker. That way I always know which two pieces go together and where the top and bottom is located.

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10 Dana June 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

haha. glad to know I’m not the only one!
Sounds like a good method you’ve worked out!

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11 amy v June 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Dana, I’m in love with Lucy’s flat-front shorts with the big buttons! They are to die for. Can’t wait to try out the pattern.

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12 Carin June 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

You did such an awesome job with the pattern. I love the pictures, instructions etc. just got mine and will be trying it out soon.

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13 caroline June 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Just purchased these – would you ever consider doing a women’s pattern? I love the sailor front pair and would love to make some to match my baby girl.

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14 Beccy June 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Hi Dana,

This is great! Thank you for making this pattern. I made my first pair of basic shorts for myself when I was just 13 so have always found the basic shorts a good and easy project. I have been looking for a good shorts pattern to make for my kids so I cant wait to try yours, including all the future tutorials. I have had trouble with making shorts with the elastic just at the back so Im looking forward to seeing that tutorial which I think will be easier to understand than previous ones I have brought.

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15 Sarah K. June 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Looking forward to making some shorts this weekend! The pattern looks great – I’m excited to try out all the variations! Thank you!

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16 jodie June 28, 2013 at 12:05 am

hi Dana, cool pattern, just purchased it so i can make shorts in winter, love it! its great that the sizes range from bub to big kid, perfect for my team.
mind you they will be wearing it with beanies, scarves and gumboots……hehehehe
cheers jodie

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17 Alison June 28, 2013 at 1:28 am

I’ve totally mixed up shorts before, too. So, so frustrating! I’m definitely buying this pattern. I’ve made your free pants pattern many times for my daughter and son, but they are much too big for it now and I’ve been wishing for the pants in bigger sizes. I can see myself making many pairs of shorts the next few summers!

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18 Rebecca June 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Am wondering what is the difference between the boys and girls shorts other than leg length? My daughter is a total string bean, about Lucy’s height but only 4yrs old, and starting Kindergarten this fall. Her school is very conservative and shorts need to be no more than 2 inches about the knee, which looks more like the length of Owen’s shorts. My daughter has very long legs. So would it be better to sew the girls pattern and increase the leg length or the boys pattern? My daughter has absolutely no butt so I am thinking the boys pattern might just work as well.

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19 Dana June 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm

You’re totally right, the only difference between the boy and girl shorts is the length.
So you can definitely sew a pair of boy length shorts for your daughter. You may want to sew the side seams in a bit or taper them slightly toward the hemline for a slimmer look.

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20 Mi dulce mitad June 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Fun-tastic!! Lovely idea!!

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21 Bailee July 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

I just bought the pattern about 30 minutes ago, and already made a pair of these shorts for my little girl. I just have to say, I am impressed! The fit of the shorts is amazing!! I LOVE this pattern. I also love that it has so many sizes, and boy sizes too! I will definetly be using this pattern for years to come. I whipped up a pair of the basic shorts. Although, I like the racer shorts and the flat front shorts these are adorable too. Can’t wait to make more :) Thanks for all of the hard work you put into this pattern Dana.

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22 Dana July 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

oh that is so awesome to hear! Thank you thank you thank you!
Have fun sewing!….for years :)

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23 Meg W July 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This is the first pdf pattern that I have ever used and it was so easy to print and cut out the pattern! I love all the options. I do have a question about modifying the sizes a bit. I still call myself a beginner sewer so I hope this question isn’t too silly. My boy is not a skinny minnie, he has thicker thighs and a taller rise (but husky sizes fall off of him). I already know increasing the rise about 1″ to 1 1/2″ helps The size 6 (perfect length) and 7(too long) seem too narrow through the hips for him. Can I just increase the width of the pattern and not mess it up? Oh heck I don’t know what I should do? Print the size 8 and keep the leg length shorter? Help, I so want to make this work for my 5 year old. (Psst, I especially want to make the racer shorts, they rock!)

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24 Dana July 3, 2013 at 1:38 am

This is definitely a pattern you can cater to your needs, so don’t be afraid to alter it if needed! I would either widen the side seams a 1/2 inch or more…or like you said, go up to a larger size, shorten the length, and use the proper amount of elastic to fit his waist. I would sew a pair of basic shorts first since they come together quickly, to try out your new sizing and I’m sure you’ll easily work out any kinks.
Hope that helps!
-Dana

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25 Kate October 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

Hi Dana,
When you say ‘widen the side seams by 1/2 inch or more’ is that both seams? i.e. the internal (crotch) seam and the outside leg seam? I have the same problem. Whipped up a pair of S2 for my 22month old but they are too slim for her (with undies no nappy). I was going to just widen the outside leg seam but then thought perhaps the internal crotch seam would still be slim along her leg. Thanks. Kate

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26 Jane July 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

Kia Ora DANA!!
Ive had my sewing machine for about as long as i have been a mum! just over nine months. I am work in progress but your web site is totally fantastic for improving my skills – its such a cool feeling when you get a comment on a piece of clothing and you can say – i made it!! woot woot :) Ive just purchased your flip vest and shorts patterns. There is going to be a very cutely dressed New Zealand baby pretty soon! can t wait to get started. Thanks again – I take my hat off to you finding the time for all of this AND all of your family commitments – stunning work. P.S i’ll be adapting some of your patterns to sew with Merino wool fabric – warm and soft for our southern winter….

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27 Marsha Gibbons July 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I am sewing the basic elastic waist shorts, but I wanted to add the pocket. I wonder if I can do that? Love your pattern!!!

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28 Nina July 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Dana – I was wondering if you could give me any tips on how you matched up your yellow chevron patterned shorts? I have pink and white stripes I would like to use. The stripes are wide so matching the strips would be ideal. Do I match from the top of the waist, the inside or the outside waist? Any words of advice in getting horizontal stripes to line up. I look forward to making shorts for my two little girls. As always, you have a great blog and the pattern is great.

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29 victoria g July 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Hi! This is also the first time I have sewed from a pattern and the shorts turned out awesome! Thank you SO MUCH! Maybe someone could answer this question for me though: I lay the pattern out on my fabric and want to reference the smallest size that the pattern has on it (for example: the 12 month size) Should I be cutting off the bigger sizes of my pattern?? Making a little mark on my fabric, remove the pattern, and then eye-balling it?? Using tracing paper?! These are all my verrrry beginner sewing questions- I looked around to see if Dana had a Q&A on this sort of thing & maybe I missed it?! Thanks so much!!

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30 Kristi Andres July 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Victoria… you could use tracing paper and trace a pattern for each size. On the pdf patterns that you print off your own computer I just cut out the size I need and then print a new one if I want a different size. Just preference I think. :)

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31 victoria g July 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

OOooo another basic question: when it says “sew with 3/8 seam allowance” does that mean the pattern has already accounted for that 3/8th?? Or I need to cut 3/8″ bigger around my pattern?! Sewing for dummies here! :-)

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32 Kartika September 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Hi, victoria. Just want to be of a little help. You don’t have to add extra 3/8″ seam allowance to your pieces if you use Dana’s pattern. Unless she stated that in her tutorial. I made my kid’s shorts with the pieces cut following the pattern as it is and it fits perfectly!

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33 Dana September 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Yes, exactly. The seam allowance is already included, as it is with most patterns. So just cut out the shorts exactly along the pattern lines for your size!

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34 Kristi Andres July 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Dana, great pattern. My 8 year old just followed the tutorial and sewed up her own sleep shorts with the pattern! :) She even taped the pieces and cut them out. Thanks for providing basic patterns that are great and easy to learn on.

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35 Angela August 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hello! Thank you so much for your tutorial! I made a pair of shorts for my three month old brother. I am 12 years old and I really really think your tutorial if VERY helpful. I love sewing! Thank you again! My baby brother’s first pair of shorts is made by me! I will NEVER buy any shorts anymore because I can make my own and my family’s! My mother will also make a lot of shorts for us. Thank you so much! (again!) I love love love it! Keep up the good work Ms. Dana! :)

P.S. You are my inspiration for sewing! <3 :D

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36 Jumbo Jibbles August 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

So cute! I just ran through this pattern quickly before using it with a small group next week. Your tutorial was great, the pattern was easy to put together– I’ll be back for something for myself.

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37 Debbie August 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This is so cute. Your tutorial is very helpful !. What Sewing machine are you using? I planning to get rid of my old machine and by a new machine !.

Thanks !

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38 Dana September 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I use a Bernina. They’re great!

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39 Clarissa September 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hi Dana! I absolutely love your site. You are such an inspiration to me. Just wondering about the shorts pattern. I just purchased the pattern and was wondering if I extend the length of the shorts, would they work for pants or are they cut too narrow or too wide for that? Needing to make some pants for my little girl who is growing out of everything! I have seen other tutorials on how to make pants but hate how the front and back are the same. It seems like they are always to small in the rear and to big in the front when they are like that. So glad to have this pattern now. Thinking I could add a cute ruffle maybe to girl it up a bit? Thanks again for all of your hard work on this pattern and for being so generous to share all of your helpful hints and tips!

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40 Simone September 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hi Dana :)
I do love your site and am so happy you have made a pattern for shorts! I purchased it and made the size 2 boys with the front pockets, but am having a problem with the elastic – the waist seems a bit small for a size 2 and the elastic length is too long and doesn’t gather at all, in fact it’s longer than the waist circumference! Is this normal for the size 2? I followed all the seam allowances too!
Thanks, appreciate your help!
Simone

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41 Julie September 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

Hi Simone, I had a similar problem, I made the size 12 months and there was very little gathering once I put the elastic in – therefore I took about 2″ off the elastic – but they do seem quite small – maybe more like 6 month size. Will be interested to see what the response is – maybe I’ve done something wrong??

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42 Dana September 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Sorry the sizing seems off for you guys! I had many testers try out the baby sizes and they fit similar to retail store sizes. So I would just go up a size or two if it’s too snug and then cut some off the length when you hem the shorts.
Also, the pattern sizing is meant for disposable diapers, not cloth diapers. Just want to point that out in case your baby wears cloth, because that will make everything more bulky under the shorts.

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43 Kate October 19, 2013 at 5:21 am

I have the same problem. They are WAY too small for my 22 month old in the 2Yr size, and thats with underpants not a nappy. She’s not a big kid either. Even the Size 3 measures too snug. I compared them to the shorts she’s got now and the only way they’d fit is if I sewed them with a stretchy fabric like a knit instead of plain cotton. Great pattern; I’ve made them wider off the pattern and now they fit perfectly.

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44 Nili September 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Dana, any chance you can explain how you matched up the chevron print on those oh-so-cute shorts clara is wearing? Thanks!

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45 Dana September 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I just did it very carefully when I cut the pieces, making sure the chevrons were lined up when I cut so that both shorts pieces matched. Then I lined up carefully when I sewed and pinned liberally!

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46 Nili September 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for the answer! so you didn’t fold the fabric and cut two mirror pieces together?

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47 shannon October 31, 2013 at 4:17 am

Hi there,
I just did the shorts and they are very cute but the 18mths is much too small for my little man! :-( I should of checked first I think! oh well will have to try again :-)

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48 Cassandra Hale November 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I love the look of these, as well as the versatility! I just ordered my own pattern and linked to it on my blog. We are working on Little Shorts for Africa, and I wanted to find the best pattern I could. Thanks for the excellent tutorial!

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49 Melissa December 2, 2013 at 4:41 am

I purchased this pattern and have not received anything? Can you please send the pattern through ASAP or refund the payment. Thank you!

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50 Dana December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi Melissa,
You should have received an email with instructions for downloading the pattern.
The email is sent to the email address attached to your paypal account.
Please check that email address to see if you’ve received and if not, please let me know.

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51 Rachel December 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

Hi Dana,
I’ve just cut the shorts and have sewn the 2 front and the 2 back together, joined at crotch and I’m stuck. My shorts are completely different sizes and no matter what I do I can’t figure it out.
They were cut at 2yr boys shorts. Please help!!!!!!!

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52 KENYA February 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I just want to say thanks so much, I am a photographer who started making things for my clients, because it makes the pictures look so much better. I am excited to get started. I want to thank you for your time. I also put on a lot of fashion shows, and I think I will make some things for my models to wear this time around! What a blessing you are.

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53 Gabi March 1, 2014 at 5:01 am

Hi Dana

Thank you so much for the patterns. I have made the 18m and the 2yr (and I did sew them at 3/8inch seam allowance) but they are both way too small. I cut the elastic at 18inches for the 18m size and the elastic was too much for the waist… Have you had issues like this before or am I doing something wrong? The baby I was making the 18m for has an 18inch waist – and according to the sizing chart it should be correct. Hopefully you can help me.

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54 Marlo Hartz March 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

This is the absolute BEST and easiest shorts pattern! I say this because i recently learned to sew and was able to make these!
THANK YOU for taking the time to create this tutorial. You have certainly helped me create items that both my son & daughter LOVE! Also, several people have asked if I used a “pattern” for my shorts, and I was happy to say “No”, then direct them to this tutorial. :)
I can’t wait to explore more of your tutorials and create other stuff!
THANK YOU!!!

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55 Jolandé Van Nispen March 11, 2014 at 5:12 am

Hi there, I’ve tried the kids shorts pattern twice for my son (he’s 5) – I took the measurements and made the size 4 as he is a little bit small in the waist, and it ended up being very small. I tried again (with the suggested seam allowance) to make a size 6 and we couldn’t get it over his hips – we tried it on after I sewed the side seams together, so no waistband yet. I’m not sure how to modify the pattern for his waist and hips, so not sure what to do. Please help if you can. :)

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56 Sharon April 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hi, are you sure you have printed the pattern correctly? Make sure the settings are not set to fit to page etc, the inch on the pattern needs to measure an inch on the tape measure. Mine didn’t but luckily I spotted it early!

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57 Victoria March 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Thank you so much for the explanation, I have a pattern and it did not make any sense the way they were explaining it. I am so glad I found your explanation as I was getting very frustrated.

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58 Theresa April 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for such a great pattern and detailed instructions! I made these for Little Britches for Africa and found it so easy to follow. Thanks!

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59 Gaye June 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hey Dana just purchased your boy short pattern and I’m making my grandson a pair of chevron shorts. How do you match up seams with out notches?

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60 Lenzy July 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I was just wondering if you had the tutorial with all the options as a pdf file. I downloaded your pattern, but I like having a hard copy of everything so I don’t have to keep referring back to the computer.

Thanks! Love your pattern by the way! I already made one pair of shorts, and have big plans for some more.

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61 Courtney July 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

Hi, I purchased the pattern for these shorts and made a pair for my 8yo. She has a slightly protruding belly and these fit well everywhere except for the front. They tend to sag in the front if she moves at all. Any ideas for adjustments to the pattern?

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62 Florence August 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I love you!!!

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63 Stacey August 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hi Dana,
I’m a big fan of your tutorials as they are easy to listen to and follow, I’d suggest more videos please. I recently purchased your shorts pattern and I had a go at making them. For some reason the hemlines are uneven, any idea what I’m doing wrong?

Thanks

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64 Nicola August 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hi, this is the first pattern I’ve ever tried and I can’t even get it to print properly! I’m in the UK so am printing to A4, but no matter how I configure my print settings I can’t get the 1 inch line on the sheet to actually measure an inch across – can anyone give me any advice?

Many Thanks

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65 Jasmin September 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

what will I do if my sewing is wrong?

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66 Jasmin September 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

LIke I sew the middle (straight to the end) and the hemline without v-cut on the end?

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67 Dana September 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Hi Jasmin,
I’m not sure what you mean…I don’t know what the V-cut out is?

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68 rahainat October 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

tanks a lot. it was very helpful. I just made my son one.

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69 Raylene October 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

hi all I am having a lot of trouble working these little shorts out!! I have made the boys 18m the total band measurement equal 18″ and the elastic used is 18.5″ take off one inch for overlap and have17.5″ so obviously not a lot of gathering nor will the little man get much use out his pants!! and I am now currently making girls 18m pant and the hem?? turn up 1/2″ press then 1″ press I will be sewing on the crotch line??? can anyone help I see now through these comments there as been issues with the smaller sizes and no real helpful replies!! quite disappointed atm I was planning on making pants for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas but not if the pattern cant be sorted and sorry I cant just keep testing sizes this is a waste of fabic and time that I just don’t have!!! so if someone can help me please?? btw I am not a beginner sewer I have been sewing for 10yrs mainly adult stuff TIA

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70 ally November 29, 2014 at 2:50 am

Hi, Im probably too late but like you (and a few of the other commenters) found that the waist measurement vs elastic measurement wasn’t quite right. All I can suggest (which is kind of working for me) is to size up 2 sizes for width (and one size for length, if need be), but use the elastic for the original size you wanted. e.g. for 12 month shorts, use 2 year pattern and 18 month length, with 12 month elastic. If I use the 12 month pattern for my 11 month old girl (who is still in 6-9 month clothes) I can’t get them on her! And she is in disposable, not cloth, nappies.

It is a shame because the tutorial and all the options are so clear, so well explained, and awesome, I just can’t seem to make the patterns fit right unless I size UP UP UP.

Still, hasn’t turned me off the pattern, as a somewhat newbie to sewing it is by far the best Ive come across and Ive learned a lot from it.

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71 Alison December 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I have made the 12m and 18m sizes and they are both way too small for my averaged sized 12month old boy. I’m only new to sewing kids clothes and I have already had to alter the pattern, through much trial and error and time and fabric! And the elastic length suggested didn’t seem to fit either. To the width I added 1 inch at the top of the shorts and 1/2 an inch at the bottom. I’m now discouraged from making the larger sizes for fear of the same thing. I’m sorry to say I’m disappointed with the pattern which is a shame because it printed so neatly on paper and your tutorial was easy to follow.

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