This week I decided that my daughter needed some shorts, and that rather than running to the store to buy some, I would pull out my sewing machine and use materials I had on hand to make her some. I am in no way an experienced seamstress, so after much trial and error, here is what I learned while trying to sew shorts:
- Read the whole pattern, look at the pictures, and visualize the instructions in your head before you even start.
- Learn to use the foot of your sewing machine as a measuring guide - straight lines with little headache.
- When hemming the leg openings - start the machine at the inner leg so that the start and stop will not be as visible.
- Mark which side of the shorts is the backside right away - you will not be able to tell later and will wonder why the shorts look funny on your daughter.
Some Free Children's Shorts Patterns Available Online:
Create & Delegate: The Anyday Banded Shorts
The Long Thread: Skirt with Built-in Shorts
Handy Home via Sew Mama Sew: Easy Kid's Pants