Sewing Shorts – III – Cutting Fabric from Pattern – Front

This post is a sequel to http://www.roaringraw.com/creativity/crafts/sewing-shorts-pattern-making/

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.

Front Pocket. Thin fabric. This material is not the same as your shorts fabric.
Front Pocket. Thin fabric. This material is not the same as your shorts fabric.
Front pocket attachments. Same fabric as that of shorts.
Front pocket attachments. Same fabric as that of shorts.

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.

Papper Pattern-Front Pocket-With Attachments
Papper Pattern-Front Pocket-With Attachments
Front Pocket with attachments
Front Pocket with attachments

The end result:

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Sewing Shorts – II – Pattern Making


This post is a sequel to http://www.roaringraw.com/creativity/crafts/sewing-shorts/

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Sewing Shorts – I

My First Shorts

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.

Intact parts for reference
Intact parts for reference

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.

Front (That is a tear you see which happened because of impatience while removing the stitches!)
Front (That is a tear you see which happened because of impatience while removing the stitches!)
Back with pocket
Back with pocket
Front pocket (top left), Back pocket(top right), parts of pocket, piece for zipper.
Front pocket (top left), Back pocket(top right), parts of pocket, piece for zipper.

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.

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My Second T-Shirt

Front

Around 3 years ago I tried my first t-shirt and was not happy with it. Wore it only inside house. It was rib knit organic cotton, sewn with normal foot and normal needle.
Here it is:
Photo on 8-6-13 at 2.44 PM

Today’s one, sewn with a walking foot and ball point stretch needle on a rib knit organic cotton fabric, is a free pattern from www.blankslatepatterns.com was so helpful. It had clear instructions, video with it and a FB group help. I also watched a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGGTWfYKeAs which helped on many tips and tricks.

My Next one will be this(from measurements): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06AGrFD6fjc

Back:
Back

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.

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