Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sew-Along #15 - Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts - Lesson #6

The Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts

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Please read the directions in your Sketchbook pattern all the way through before you begin.  It's also a good idea to read through this sew-along lesson before starting.

Making SHORTS!:
  • Leave one pant leg INSIDE out and turn the other leg RIGHTSIDE out.
  • Place the RIGHTSIDE out leg inside the INSIDE out leg, matching them up along the crotch.
  • Pin together making sure to match up the inseams of the pants.

  • Sew along the curve - make sure to plant your needle and pivot at the marked dot at the bottom of the front fly.
  • Sew a second line of stitching on top of the first from the dot at the bottom for the fly to the double notches in the back - this will reinforce the crotch and prevent the stitches from ripping out.
  • Using a ruler or stright edge, draw a line connecting the dot at the crotch up to the notch at the top of the pants.

  • Stitch along this line, making sure to back stitch at the dot.

  • Clip the SA from the bottom of the fly up to the dot.

  • Finish the edges of the SA with a serger or zig zag.

  • Press the fly and SA to the wearers left side for boys (press to the right for girls if wanted).
  • Run a basting stitch along the top of the fly to hold it in place.

  • Top stitch along your fly - I work from the wrong side so that I can follow the stitching line.  If you work from the right side, use a marking tool to draw your stitching line and then sew along the line.

  • Press the hem of the shorts 1/2" to the wrong side.

  • Press again 1 inch to the wrong side.

  • Stitch your hem along the inside folded edge - you could also use an invisible stitch or do a running or whip stitch by hand.

Waist Band:
  • Take your waist band and match the short ends, right side together.

  • Sew.
  • Press your seam open.
  • Fold one raw edge 1/2 inch down to the wrong side and press.

  • Match the unfolded edge of the waistband to your shorts, right sides together (make sure to match up your markings and the seam on the waistband matches the back seam on the shorts.)

  • Sew together.

  • Press your seam allowance up toward the band.
  • Fold your waist band over so that your folded edge overlaps the seam slightly, pin in place.

  • Sew the waist band and shorts together by stitching in the ditch, leaving a 2 inch opening for your elastic:  If you want to do a flat front, like I have done, sew from the pleat on one side around to the pleat on the other side.

  • Take your elastic (I love that Whimsical Fabric kits always include the notions you need like elastic or interfacing!)  and cut a length approximately 2-3 inches smaller than your child's waist.  *My one pet peeve with O&S is that they do not include elastic measurements. You can always use the recommendation from another pants pattern you have, or cut it a bit long and then fit it to your child.

  • You are going to feed your elastic through the opening left in the front between the two belt loops.  Attach a safety pin to one end and push it through.  Once you have it threaded through, stitch your ends together. 

  • For the flat front, you will stitch each end of the elastic to your waistband by sewing straight up from the pleat seam - this will give one continuous seam.  Then stitch across the front opening so that the entire waist band is secured. Press well.

     Wohoooo - You made the Shorts!!!
Now your outfit is done, put it on your child and snap some pictures so that I can see - I love seeing what people get to create!!!

* If you would like to enter the prize drawing, please make sure you submit a picture of your completed Lesson 5 to the Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Friday, July 18th.


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