How to Sew Jersey Women's Shorts

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts

In this sewing tutorial I do not give how to draft pattern of shorts. Here you will find only some main steps how to sew women's summer shorts from knit fabric. The version with full illustrated instructions (more than 70 photos) and printed sewing pattern (pdf) you can get for a fee (5$).
Nevertheless I hope that you can sew this summer shorts yourself using these free tips only. If you have some sewing experience this abridged tutorial helps you to sew DIY summer shorts from scratch.
Here you find 30 photos with pro comments how to sew women's jersey shorts. Using this tutorial you will be able to sew children's shorts from knit fabrics also.
Let's do it!

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 1

Two files in pdf format with pattern of shorts you will receive on your e-mail after payment. First file is the pattern. The second file contains full tutorial with steps of sewing women's shorts. For reading these files you need download special program Acrobat Reader (free), or other similar programs.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 2

Look on these photos. They can you understand how to draft the shorts pattern.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 3

Here are parts of pocket and lining.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 4

For jersey shorts most often make a shirred waistband with an elastic casing.
Cut these details before sewing. One big strip is used for the waistband.
Two small facing strips will be used for the binding the pockets holes and two strips of slightly longer will be used for the hemming a bottom of pants.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 5

Start sewing a summer shorts with preparation a waistband. Fold the strip in half and press it.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 6

Now place one part of pocket to the hole of front part of shorts, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 7

Join all parts of the pocket together and pin the binding strip to the edge a hole.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 8

Now you need serge this edge. If you don't have an overlock, simply pass a zigzag stitch.
Note: Don't stitch these details together on regular sewing machine with straight stitches.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 9

Now press both binding strips that were added around pocket hole. Iron on right side of shorts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 10

Join two parts of lining a pocket using overlock seam only.
Another easy way to make pockets see in this post: How to sew a patch pocket to knit fabric.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 11

Now the pocket of this women's jersey shorts is ready.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 12

It is time to sew together both sides of shorts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 13

Don't sew the side and middle seams (inseam) on regular sewing machine with straight stitches. Use overlock stitch sewing machines only.
Note: You can use zigzag stitch instead serger but is undesirable.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 14

Now you need to join both halves of trousers from the navel to the back.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 15

Note: These jersey summer shorts can sew using overlock only, without using usual sewing machine.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 16

Now you need attach the waistband to the top line of shorts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 17

Fold the strip and press it, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 18

Now we can add a waistband to the top edge of shorts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 19

Wrap the waist with elastic band and determine the required the appropriate tension. Mark this position with pencil. Don't forget add seam allowances.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 20

Sew both sides of an elastic strip together, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 21

Now you need divide the waistband and elastic strip into four equal parts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 22

Insert the elastic into the folded waistband, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 23

Pin these four points.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 24

During sewing along edge of waistband, make sure that the needle not pierce the rubber band is inside the belt.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 25

Cut the fabric along the seam, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 26

Now you need divide the waistband into four equal segments.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 27

Divide the waistline a shorts into four equal segments also.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 28

Now you need add the waistband to the shorts along the waistline together.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 29

Note: These jersey summer shorts are best to sew using overlock. Don't stitch this seam with straight stitches. Use overlock or zig-zag stitch sewing machines (in the last resort).

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 30

Now women's shorts are completely ready. It's time hem the bottom of shorts.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 31

Fold both strips in half and press, as shown.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 32

Two binding strips for the hemming a bottom pants are ready.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 33

Attach the folded edges of strips to bottom edge a leg using the basting stitches. If you have some skills you can use only pins.

How to Make Jersey Womens Shorts, step 34

This is last step of sewing a woman's summer jersey shorts.

In this post does not provide for the drafting a pattern of shorts. Here are only some steps how to sew women's summer shorts. The full version with all illustrated instructions (more than 70 photos) and printed sewing pattern for several sizes (pdf) you can get for a fee (5$).

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
E-mail for sending is on the contact page.

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