Elastic Waist Linen Shorts – Almost A One Hour Project

Elastic Waist Linen Shorts – Almost A One Hour Project


elastic waist linen shorts

This elastic waist linen shorts project is something that has been requested by quite a few of you by email.  I appreciate the kind request.  Sometimes I forget that the majority of the readers of this blog are beginners.  So sometimes I need to dial back my impulses and to simplify the projects.  However, that does not mean that we are going to be making an ugly pair of shorts, nor will I be promising that you can make it in two stitches, and just by magic you’ll have a pair of elastic waist summer shorts like so many videos on YouTube promise.

elastic waist linen shorts

These shorts are designed to be worn over your swimming suit, to hang around the pool and garden, or relax on the terrace.  Be sure to make them in linen or good quality, loose weave cotton so they can drape on your hips and be worn through the summer comfortably.

elastic waist linen shorts

Please have a look at my fabric suggestions, they are the four pictures that look like advertising, you do not need to buy from that site although it helps me with the affiliate program to keep going at giving you free patterns.  At least please read the type of fabric and the description so you know what I am talking about.  This part is often forgotten, yet it is crucial to use the right fabric to be successful in the project.

elastic waist linen shorts

These elastic waist linen shorts have a type of slanted patch pockets.  Yes I know, I had to go and add a little challenge for you.  How else can we make it more interesting?  The pockets are optional of course and can be subbed out for any of your choosing.

elastic waist linen shorts

Materials

  • 3/4 to 1 yard of 56″ linen (see fabric suggestions below)
  • Thread to match
  • A small strip of fusible interfacing for the pocket facing
  • 1 1/2″ elastic, enough to go around the waist of the shorts
  • 3/8″ cotton cord, the amount depends on our waist plus 16″
  • Two large beads with a 3/8″ hole

Tools

  • Sewing machine or hand needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Sewing Level:  Advanced Beginner

You should have knowledge of grain line, seam allowance, how to sew a straight stitch, and some knowledge of fitting to your own body shape.

Fitting your shorts: the most important detail is that the waist stretches as far as the widest part of your hips and the elastic rests comfortably around 1″ above your belly bottom.

Do you need to make the shorts larger?  Then check out the first part of the Walking Shorts sew along where I go into detail on how to do it.

Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew-Along – Part One

Fabric Suggestions From Fabric.com

How To Print Your Elastic Waist Linen Shorts Pattern

Use Adobe Reader to download and print the pattern.  Print on Landscape and use the Actual Size setting.  Do not scale at all.

How To Download Your PDF Pattern

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Pattern Download

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Pattern Layout

elastic waist linen shorts

Body Measurements

Size Waist Hips Length
S 27-29″ 33-35″ 15 1/4″
M 29-31″ 35-37″ 15 3/8″
L 31-33″ 37-39″ 15 1/2″
XL 33-35″ 39-41″ 15 5/8″

How To Sew Your Elastic Waist Shorts

The seam allowances are not included in this elastic waist shorts pattern, so please add an amount according to your level of skill, beginners 5/8″ and everyone else 3/8″.

Sewing The Pockets

Iron a piece of fusible interfacing on the facing of the pockets.  If you do not have fusible interfacing you can use a piece of thin cotton fabric.  We are trying to stop the pockets from gaping since the opening is on a bias.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Fold the facing and stitch the facing down using a double stitch.

elastic waist linen shorts

Follow the steps in the photo below.  The amount of fold will depend on your seam allowance. elastic waist linen shorts

  1. Fold the corner
  2. Fold the bottom of the pocket
  3. Fold the side
  4. Align the side of the pocket with the side of the front of the pants and stitch the pocket down very close to the edge.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Topstitch again 1/4″ from the first stitch line.  Repeat on the other side.

elastic waist linen shorts

Joining The Fronts Together

Place front sides together and sew just a little past the curve.

elastic waist linen shorts

Joining The Backs Together

Sew the two backs together ending a little past the curve.

elastic waist linen shorts

Serge all the seams including the hem and iron open the inseams.

Sewing The Front And Backs Together

Here is where I change the print of the fabric.  If you have been following me on Instagram you would have seen some carving on linoleum to make prints for sharing with you guys.

Place front and back print side together, then sew the sides together using the seam allowance you have chosen.

Sew the inseam on each leg.

elastic waist linen shorts

Sew the rest of the crotch closed, making sure to keep the seam allowances of the legs open.

elastic waist linen shorts

Making The Waistband And The Hem

Measure the waistband on your shorts.

elastic waist linen shorts

Take the measurement of the waist of the shorts X 4″.  Iron the strip lengthwise.  Sew the strip to form a band.  You need to divide the band in four, front back and sides.

elastic waist linen shorts

Pin the waistband placing the seam on the back.  Sew the waistband from the outside to the inside.   Sew the band from the outside to the inside.

elastic waist linen shorts

Attach a small amount of fusible interfacing on the front of the band and either insert some grommets or make two buttonholes to be able to add a cord to your elastic waist linen shorts.  Make a band with the elastic.  The amount of elastic depends on your waist, but make sure that the elastic is large enough to go over your hips.

Insert the elastic through the pants.  Please watch the video on How To Make Short Pajamas from minute 10:40 to 13:00.  Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P_idySKaiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P_idySKaiY

Pin the band to the edge you have already sewn.

elastic waist linen shorts

Start sewing the band at the back of the shorts.  Put the needle down and pull the waistband front and back.  Be careful not to catch the elastic.

elastic waist linen shorts

elastic waist linen shorts

Finally, fold the hem up 1″ and sew.  Insert the cord and iron your shorts!

I hope that you can make good use of these elastic waist linen shorts since so many of you guys have been asking for a pattern like this one.  The perfect top to go with them is the linen V-top which is also a free pattern.

Thanks for reading, And Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!

Need a pair of dressy shorts? Something more elegant to get back to school perhaps? Try the ones below.  Or maybe you want some walking shorts, these ones are a three-part sew-along starting by altering the pattern to fit your body.

Women’s Dressy Shorts Pattern – Great For All Ages And Seasons

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elastic waist linen shorts


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Culottes Tutorial For Summer Glamour

Culottes Tutorial For Summer Glamour


culottes tutorial

Culottes, one of the most trendy styles of the 50’s and 60’s, are back!  Culottes are flared pants or shorts that can often look like a skirt or a dress when you’re wearing them.  I have been trying to help you build a warm-weather wardrobe that is both easy and practical  –and that is easy to make.  Here is another free pattern to add to your collection of projects for the summer.

culottes tutorial

photo credit: Spring and Summer 1955 Lane Bryant via photopin (license)

“Culotte” is a French word that means the lower part of a garment or knee-breeches.  They have been fashionable since Henry III made them popular at court in France in the latter part of the 1500s and were worn mostly by the upper class.  Later, in the time leading up to the French revolution in the 18th century, the lower classes who wouldn’t have worn culottes became known as “sans-culottes” or literally “without short pants” — a term these partisans and revolutionaries embraced as they manned the street barricades.

There are two things I really like about this culottes tutorial and pattern –there is an option of adding front pockets to the pants without adding bulk to the tummy and you can easily transform them into long pants by adding length at the hem.

culottes tutorial

My choice of fabric is a Jacquard Knit since this pattern is for knits only.  For some ideas of the right sort of fabric to use, please check the link below.

Materials

Fabric Recommendations

Pattern sizes

These culottes are in sizes 6 to 22.  The Lower Waist measurement relative to the Hips measurement below may appear unusual to some readers, but for this design to fit right, I can assure you it is correct for the knit fabric I am using.

Finished Garment Measurements

Size Lower Waist Hips Hem Width
6 31″ 52″ 60″
8 32″ 53″ 61″
10 34″ 54″ 63″
12 35 1/2″ 55 1/2″ 64 1/2″
14 37″ 57″ 66″
16 38 1/2″ 58 1/2″ 67 1/2″
18 40″ 60″ 72″
20 42″ 62″ 74″

Pattern Pieces

  • Two backs
  • Two fronts
  • Two pockets front
  • Two pockets back
  • One waistband (not included in the pattern).  Please follow instructions on how to cut your waistband.

Features

  • These pants look like an A-line skirt or amazing super-elongating silhouette palazzo pants.
  • A flattering feature in this pattern is the pockets in the front but they are OPTIONAL.
  • Soft waistband that does not add bulk to the tummy area.
  • For the girls that do not like to wear pants in summer, this is the perfect style to feel very comfortable and still look like you are wearing a skirt.
  • 5/8″ seam allowance in all pattern pieces.

Video Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixdTAjl3Etg

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Pattern Layout

Culottes tutorial

Step One: Download the pattern

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If you need any help with down How to download and print PDF patterns or How to print and assemble a PDF pattern, please check out the linked tutorials.

Step Two: Cut the fabric

Use a rotary cutter or very sharp scissors and as many pins or weights as you can so your fabric does not move while cutting.  Pay special attention to the grain on the fabric indicated in your pattern.

For more guidance on Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric, please read this guide.

Step Three: Sew the pocket.

Culottes tutorial

We will start by stabilizing the seam and the opening of the pocket by adding fusible interfacing or stay tape.  This step is a must because this area will stretch and become baggy if you do not use fusible interfacing.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Place the front pocket piece right side down on the front side of the pants.  Prints are going to be facing each other.  Sew the front pocket side to the front pants using a 5/8″ seam.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Turn the pant piece print side down and pin the seam allowance to the pocket. Iron and stay stitch the seam allowance to 1/8″ from the seam. Trim the seam allowance, turn the pocket and iron.

Turn the pocket to the inside of the pants as it is going to hang and make two rows of stitches for decoration and for reinforcing the edge of the pocket.  You can use your twin needle here as well.

For guidance on How to Use a Twin Needle, please follow this guide.

Culottes tutorial

Do the same to the other pocket.

Trim the seam allowance, turn the pocket and iron.

Change your needle to a twin needle and stay stitch on the right side.  The use of a twin needle is optional.  To have the same effect without the twin needle just make 2 rows of stitches.

Culottes tutorial

Turn the front side with the pocket you have been working on print side down, place the back side of pocket on top of the front side of the pocket.  Sew around the pocket at 5/8″. 

Culottes tutorial

Zigzag the edges or use the serger.  Please note that many knits do not need the edges to be finished because they do not ravel.  If they do, serge them.

Step Four: Assemble the culottes

Culottes tutorial

Sew the two fronts together but stop two inches from the end.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the back pieces the same way, stopping 2 inches from the end.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the sides of the culottes and finish the seam either with a zigzag or a serger.

Culottes tutorial

Sew the inseam and zigzag the edges or use your serger.

Step Five: Check fitting and add the waistband

Culottes tutorial

The pants at the waist should be close to your hips but not tights,  there should be no gaps between the waistline and your hipbones.  Adjust the pants according to your body, then measure the waist and cut a band 1″ to 1 1/2″ smaller than the measurement.

Culottes tutorial
Culottes tutorial

Fold the band in half.  Sew the ends at 5/8″. 

Culottes tutorial

Fold the band lengthwise in half.

Culottes tutorial

Mark the middle top and bottom by making a small notch with your scissors.

Pin the band seam to the seam of the back of the culottes and the center mark you did before to the front seam of the pants.

Culottes tutorial

Pull the bands to distribute the stretch of the waistband evenly.

Culottes tutorial

Using a small zigzag, stitch sew the waistband to the culottes.  If you have a serger you can finish the seam with it.

Culottes tutorial

Finish the edge with your serger or using a zigzag stitch.  And there you have it.  Done.

Whether you decide to make the culottes or the palazzo pants you are sure to have an outfit for many occasions.  Team them up with a tank top or pretty blouse and you can go anywhere.

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Culottes tutorial



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