Pattern for women’s shorts ROSES (photo instructions for version with the hems)

I’ve already introduced to you my new pattern for women’s shorts and it’s sewing instructions. That was the version with facing and today’s article is about version with hems.

Pattern for women’s shorts (+ sewing photo instructions)

You can get this pattern here:

Pattern for women’s shorts ROSES

Recommended material

I recommend using knits of medium thickness (about 200 g / m2). You can also use thinner uncombed tracksuit fabric (with elastane), sports knitsfunctional knits, etc. You will also need 2,5 – 3 cm wide elastic waistband.

How to sew the shorts

You can find sewing instructions for version with facing here:

How to sew shorts (version with facing)

Cuts preparation

Prepare:

  • 2x back piece
  • 2x front piece

Cut off the seam allowances of the side seam and bottom edge of the front pieces. Also cut off the seam allowances of the bottom edges of the back pieces and partially (up to the mark) seam allowances of the side seam.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew the hems of the back pieces (in areas where seam allowances were before). Use 3,5 cm wide lengthwise folded knit strip. Don’t stretch the knit strip when sewing.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops at the end of the side seams (hems) when sewing on overlock.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Cut the back pieces a little bit so you can straighten the hems nicely.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Iron the hems and stitch the seam allowances so that they stay folded to the reverse side.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew the hems of the front pieces (bottom edge and the side seams). Stitch the seam allowances here too.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions
Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Topstitch along the edges of the hems to keep them form twisting.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Use topstitching to attach the ends of the hems of the back pieces this way:

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Find the points where the edges of the front and back pieces cross (transfer the marks from the paper pattern).

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Lay the front piece over the back piece (face sides up). Use the “crossing mark” to find the right placement.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions
Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Pin the side seam.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Cutting edge of the back piece should be aligned with the edge of the hem of the front piece (reverse side view).

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew the side seam from the face side. Sew exactly along the line where the hem connects with the front piece. I recommend using the thread of the same color as the hems.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Side seam is finished.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions
Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Cut off the excess seam allowance.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew the other side seam in the same way. Now fold both legs (reverse sides out) so you can pin the instep seams.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions
Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew the instep seams. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when sewing with the overlock.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Topstitch the hem near the instep seam like this. You want to attach the seam allowance to the back piece and flatten the hem.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Turn one leg face side out.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

And insert it to the other leg so that they are face side to face side. Pin the front crotch seam and back crotch seam.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Fold the ends of the instep seams in the opposite directions to make this area flatter.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew front and back crotch seam in one go.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Turn the shorts face side out and clean the upper cutting edge (waist).

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Fold the cleaned edge to the reverse side. Size of the fold depends on the width of your waistband.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Fold 3,5 cm of the edge when using 2,5 cm wide waistband. Fold 4 cm when using 3 cm wide waistband.

Sew through the folded waist from the face side of the shorts. Sew 3 cm away from the line of the fold if your fold is 3,5 cm wide. Sew 3.5 cm away if your fold is 4 cm wide.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Do not sew along the entire circumference of the waist, leave a little gap so you can insert the waistband. I always leave this gap in one of the back parts near the crotch seam. Put the shorts on and determine the correct length of waistband by winding it around yourself.  Make it so that it is neither loose nor too tight. Cut the waistband an insert it through the gap.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

Sew ends of the waistband flat. Be careful not to twist the waistband when inserting and sewing it You can now close the gap in the waist circumference.

Pattern for women’s shorts + step-by-step sewing instructions

You can get this pattern here:

Pattern for women’s shorts ROSES

All articles with sewing instructions can be found here:

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Have a nice day, Peťa

PS: Did you know there are also free patterns on my blog? You can find free to download patterns here:

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