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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How to Make Scalloped Edge Shorts

So a lot of you want to know how I made those sweet scalloped edge shorts to match Ella's Fly Girl tops (Read about Version 1 and Version 2)! It's really very easy to do, and I'm going to tell you how you can make them with pockets without even buying a pattern!

First, head over to Elegance & Elephants (affiliate link) and download her free Pleated Playsuit pattern. Print and cut out the pattern pieces for the pant front, pant back, pocket, and pocket lining.

Next, download and print out my scallop pattern from my Craftsy pattern shop (affiliate link).

When I made Ella's blue pair of shorts, I didn't consider that the pattern for the shorts part of the pattern is designed to sit at the natural waist since the pieces are really for a romper.  I made a separate waistband and attached it, so her shorts ended up being really high-waisted in the front which is fine. Now, the next time I make these, I will cut off at least  1 1/2" from the top of all the pattern pieces before attaching the waistband.  Just something to keep in mind when you cut out your fabrics.

Now cut out of your fabric two of each of the pattern pieces listed above and assemble the shorts according to the pattern instructions. Measure the opening at the top for the waistband.  Cut out a piece of fabric 3" wide x (the length you just measured + seam allowance).  Sew the short ends together, press the seam allowance open, and then fold in half so wrong sides are together.  Press. Attach to the shorts using your preferred method but be sure to leave a 2" opening for inserting the elastic.  Use a piece of 3/4" to 1" elastic that is your child's waist measurement minus 1".  After inserting the elastic and securing the ends, sew the opening closed.

To make the scalloped edge, print out the scallop templates and tape them together.  Then measure the leg opening and cut four strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide x (the leg opening length + seam allowance).  Now follow the instructions in my Scalloped Edge Shorts Tutorial on how to make and attach the scalloped edge to your shorts.

I used this same tutorial last year to make Ella the pink pair of shorts she's wearing with the Fly Girl Top - Version 2 and this cute halter top I made last year.

That's it!  I love the extra detail that the scalloped edge adds to the shorts and the way it mimics the ric rac on the Fly Girl top sleeves.  Plus, Ella thinks it's fun to have pockets to put her hands in or to load up with toys!

Be sure to enter my giveaway HERE for a $35 gift card to Little Lizard King Sewing Patterns! Winner will be announced next Monday!

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  1. ACK! Love!! But you already knew this, didn't you Master?!! Thank you ever so much! I want to sew like you when I grow up! {insert a wink, wink, here} kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

  2. OMGosh how cute, I just love those scallops.

  3. i love scallops, so of course I love the shorts :) BTW, the tops are super cute, too :)

  4. LOVE!!! And her hair is soooooo cute! Is she wearing it up more often? Love the little hip bump pose!


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