Step 1) Make sure the pairing pattern pieces fit together. Start with front pocket. It has 3 pieces as shown below: Front pocket piece, two attachments.
Use the reference unripped part of the old shorts to understand how they go together. Place the pattern pieces to see if they fit. If not make adjustments.
In my case one of the attachments pieces was not aligning properly because it was a tiny bit short and a wee out of shape. So I taped a piece of paper to make it longer and cut the needed shape.
Four years ago when I started learning sewing, after trying some bags, night wear and a kurta which were not really looking neat, I naively thought that mens clothes would be much easier since they lack curves. So I decided to rip off one of my husband’s torn shorts which he liked a lot and to learn from it and sew a new one. I had no idea what I was getting into!
So here is the review of that episode, since now am going to sew once again these shorts I thought to review my past work once(All these years I did not sew).
Step 0. Wash the shorts 🙂
Step 1. Carefully with a seam ripper, remove the stitches, detach the belt first.
Step 2. Then unstitch the crotch area, making sure that you keep one side (front and back) intact. This will be your reference pattern.
Step 3. Now remove each and every part of the remaining front and back leg. I would have been wise to shoot a video or take photos while doing it. I strongly suggest doing it. It takes many hours to remove the stitches, do not lose patience and do not try to just cut at the seams. Men’s shorts has too many parts and while removing the stitches have a notebook ready and make notes about how the stitching was done, how the parts were attached. You need to remember how it was put together.
Step 2. Steam press each and every part and use it as a pattern OR cut a pattern on pattern-paper using this cloth pattern. I had sewn using these pieces as pattern. But this time my husband wants the waist to be 1″ wider, also the old pattern fabric is fraying a lot, so I am going to cut out the pattern on paper.
Step 3. Cut your new fabric and sew! The back pockets are the trickiest involving fusible material and strange cuts. Be patient on this step.
I shall be giving more details during my new short sewing adventure.
There are many issues with this one too. If you find any please point them out in comments. They will help me. Something I learnt are:
1. PRE-WASH THE FABRIC: This time I did not pre-wash and after making, when I washed it I found it had become a little more stiffer than it was which would have made cutting and sewing easier had I washed it before sewing.
2. STEAM & PRESS at every step : Avoided it many times in the past but did so for this shirt, it really matters, so will do it religiously 🙂 next time onwards.
I think I will make it shorter next time. Folding it makes it drape well.