Ruffles have been quite big this summer from tops with ruffled sleeves to trousers that have ruffled waistbands. I wanted to create something similar but with shorts.
I drafted out the shorts pattern from my trousers block, along with the other patterns that I needed for the short.
I ironed out the fabric that I will use as it is essential that it is flat and non-creased as the pattern will not be the same otherwise.
I then pinned the patterns onto the fabric. Make sure your patterns are parallel to the grain line.
Cut out the patterns from the fabrics.
Overedge the sides of the short patterns both front and back to neaten them before you sew the pieces together. Leave the top and bottom edges raw.
Before sewing any of the pieces, it’s better to start off with the zip as it’s easier to do so. I wanted my zip to be on the side seam so I used the pattern pieces for the right leg both front and back. I sew the invisible zip in first before I closed the seam.
I then sew the side seam, the front and back rise seams. Afterwards, I sew the crotch at the bottom.
To get the ruffles on the short I started by sewing the waistband with both right sides of the fabrics together.
I ironed the waistband so that it remains flat and that the edges are sharp. I then gathered the waistband enough so that it fits around the shorts.
I checked the fit of the shorts again and they seemed a little bit big so I added a pleat to both front pieces.
I pinned the waistband and the top of the shorts together before I overedged the pieces together.
I wanted to have belt loop on my shorts so I created some and sew it on the shorts.
Lastly, I overedged the bottom of the shorts to neaten it up and then I used a blind hem stitch to hide the stitches.
Overall they turned out very well, although if I could have done something differently I would have added interfacing to the waistband to give it more structure.