Finally made these shorts! I could have not asked for a better result, and the fit is perfectly loose. A while back I revealed which pattern I was making so you guys could follow along and make your own mash up. Check out how I made my shorts as well as see some other member variations of the shorts pattern.
For June’s Mash Up I wanted to do something different, and I have been seeing these athletic-style shorts on a lot of fashion blogs lately and I knew I wanted to make myself a pair. I was intrigued by our Boardwalk Babe pattern collection filled with a bunch of shorts patterns. I decided to go with the Drawstring Gym Shorts and vamp them up a bit to be more fashion. I added a style line panel and kept the color palette to pure black and white. I wanted these ‘gym’ shorts to feel and look luxurious while maintaining their athletic style, so I decided to sew them in silk fabrics.
First I added in my additional style line to the shorts pattern. I followed the curve of the existing pocket and cut it in the contrasting color to the main body of the shorts. A note when cutting out these shorts is that since the bottom edges are bound no seam allowance was needed at the hem, so the side seam notch is when you start adding the side seam allowances to the shorts.
I started the sewing process with my style line seams and the hip pockets. I used a lot of pins and was very careful when I stitched my panel seams because they had a lot of curve to them, and I was sewing with a slippery silk fabric. After the style lines were sewn and pressed, I sewed the pocket lining pieces to the curved corresponding edge of my shorts.
Then I sewed the outer pocket pouch edges together along the outward curve. Next was to flip the pocket into place and topstitch a little baste at the side seam and top where the pocket connects with the shorts. Once those were complete I sewed the front crotch seams together.
Now that the pockets were done, it was time to assemble the shorts! I sewed the back crotch seams together and then attached the back to the front by stitching the inseam together. Not before I sewed the side seams I had to sew the hem binding in place. Before I did any stitching on it, I pressed it in half with the wrong sides together, then starting at the side seam notch (indicated on the sewing pattern) I sewed the binding to the curved bottom edge at 1/4". Then I proceeded to finish the other edge of the binding and turn it into the wrong side of the shorts and pin into place making sure that the pressed fold in the binding was at the bottom edge.
Pinning the binding all in place made it super ease to topstitch it in place. Then after the binding was sewn down I stitched the side seams of the shorts together, making a little mitered corner at the bottom with the binding.
Instead of covering the elastic with the fabric, I found this fancy metallic elastic and I just wanted to use that for my waistband. I stitched the end edges together, and then quartered the elastic with pins so I could evenly stretch and sew it into the top edge of the shorts. I still wanted the look of a drawstring so I sewed together the remaining binding together and sewed them to the front middle of the waistband.
I loved the way my black and white shorts turned out, and also love these wonderfully colored and pattered shorts that our members made. Dinagideon sewed hers up in a bright turquoise sateen, see more images of her shorts here. Kisses fringe shorts added her own touch on these shorts, making them dressy!
Here are my finished shorts, and I don’t think I’ll be wearing them to the gym anytime soon. I just love the look of them casually with a tank, hat, and a pair of strappy heels. See more images of my shorts here.
Be sure to stayed tuned when I post which pattern I am going to Mash Up from July’s issue so you can make them too!
Meg Healy is BurdaStyle.com’s Online Editor and eCommerce Manager. She has an education in fashion design and earned several awards for her technical skills in pattern making and sewing.