Introduction: Cropped Jersey Baggies (Shorts)
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I'm Vanessa and I blog at Designs By Sessa! I'm a sweet little southern christian craft blogger that loves to sew and serve Jesus doing it! We are really friendly here in the south, so please come say HI!!! I'm so happy to be here today! I want to show you how to make these mini boden knock-off Cropped Jersey Baggies that I made for my son. I put "Jersey" in quotation marks, because these particular shorts are made from some men's XXL lightweight sweatshirt type material, not true jersey, that I found at Old Navy for $1.47!
You will need:
-A thinner lightweight jersey sweatshirt (interlock is perfect!)
-25'' of twill tape for the tie... I used some that came packaged around some throw blankets. I'm all about finding your sewing materials in the oddest of places!
-your sewing supplies, particularly some ball point needles
-This 3T pattern CAUTION: My pattern is kind of messy, that's just how I sew, drawing right onto some freezer paper! If you need another size, you will have to draft your own using some pants your child currently fits in. You can easily adapt this to a 2T by cutting around the main front/back pattern pieces 1/2''. The pockets and the bias binding should adapt to any size.
-possibly some contrasting fabric for the bias binding, the red pair have a denim bias binding, the blue pair have the same sweatshirt type material
-possibly some stabilizer for when you hem to keep it from going wonky if you don't have a serger (I don't either!), or you can try Jessica's method with tissue paper!
Other notes: I decided that this type of a sweatshirt WOULD FRAY, so you will need to finish (serge or zig zag) the edges how you see fit prior to sewing the pieces together. This tutorial assumes that you have SOME sewing knowledge, like I'm not going to go over how to make bias tape or hem some pants, for instance. There are plenty of tutorials out there on that already! I Hope you enjoy!
Step 1: Cut Off Bottom of Your Sweatshirt Band
Leave about 1 inch of the main fabric of your sweatshirt, but cut off the bottom band and set aside. You will need this for later to make the waistband of the shorts.
Step 2: Lay Out Your Pattern Pieces and Cut
Lay out your pattern pieces and cut. Since you are using a sweatshirt, you can just cut both layers at one time and it will cut your reverse piece you will need. Thankfully, Old Navy did a pretty good job at lining up their stripes or else I would have had more work to do!I did play with doing vertical stripes for the back pocket piece and it still is a bit of work to line up those stripes either way, so be careful!
Step 3: Sew Your Pockets
Sew your pockets with right sides together. Start by going down the longest edge and sloping around the curve. Do not sew down the small straight edge of the front pocket piece at this time. Repeat for both pockets. Finishing edge as desired.
Step 4: Lay Pocket Flat
Lay out your sewn pocket flat and inside out like shown above.
Step 5: Assemble Pant Front and Pocket, Pin
Take your front pant piece and lay the wrong side on top of the wrong side of your pocket, lining up your slanting edges. I know that sounds complicated, but just lay your pant (right side facing up) on the pocket and pin your slanty edge together. Then, sew this slanty edge so that you are joining your pocket and front pant piece together. Move the back piece of the pocket out of the way so that you do not catch it in the seam as you sew. Repeat with the other pocket.
Step 6: Make Your Bias Tape
Make your bias tape. This is your opportunity to use a contrasting fabric.
Step 7: Attach Bias Tape to Pocket
Pin it to each pocket. The pocket is bent back in this picture, so you can only see the attached bias tape. Sew the bias binding onto the pant. Repeat on the other pant piece.
Step 8: Pockets Thus Far
Here's an image of the left side pinned and the right side sewn and what you should now have.
Step 9: Baste Your Pocket Sides
One thing that I learned was helpful, was to baste or sew down the side and top where the pocket meets your front fabric. My pocket was sliding all around, but once I edgestitched the pocket in place, it stayed there and made the rest of the steps easier.
Step 10: Sew Pant Crotch
Put your baggies front pant pieces right sides together and align the crotch. Sew from the top of the pant down to the crotch. I like to use the Triple Stretch Stitch on this type of fabric with seams that will be pulled on more like when bending over, but you can just use a straight stitch if you don't have that option on your machine, or you can sew two stitches really close together!
Now repeat this last step for the back pant pieces, sewing the pieces at the crotch together. Then, lay your pant front and back right sides together and sew the inner seams together, starting at one pant leg and up around the crotch to the other pant hem.
Step 12: Sew Side Seams
After that pin the side seams together and sew. I did not use the Triple Stretch Stitch for the side seams. You should now have the above! Almost there!
Step 13: Create the Mock Tie Waistband
You are almost done! Grab the bottom band of the sweatshirt that you cut off earlier! We need to make the waistband for the pants. The size of your waist band is going to depend on the size of your child. My son is a 2T and he measured 19.5'' inches around his waist. I cut his waist band at 18.5'', so one inch less. Treat it like you would when measuring an elastic waistband.
1. With right sides together, sew the seam together. 2. With right sides together, pin and sew your waistband to the top edge of your pants. I used the serged thread lines on my sweatshirt as a guide, otherwise 1/2'' seams. 3. You should have this. And you could stop here if you wanted. Continue to add the mock tie. 4. Grab your twill tape. 5. Make it into bias tape if it was wide like mine. 6. Measure the halfway mark and mark 1/2'' to either side of the center seam. 7. Seam rip two tiny holes where you will thread your tie. I know this is kind of scary, but it's really okay. 8. Thread the tie through the holes. 9. Sew two parrallel lines over the tie to secure, creating like a mock button hole. This fabric is true jersey, so it won't fray anymore and it won't be seen with the tie tied like so...
This final step kind of makes it in my opinion, but I realize not all sewing machines have a stitch that looks like something has been serged. Mine does, so I used it as the mock fly for the sweatshirts and around the pant legs where I hemmed them. Mine looked like this. Mine was actually the last stitch option on my machine and I didn't have to change feet or anything like that, just the regular foot and this stitch made it look the way I wanted. If you don't have anything like this, then just leave this step out or use something close.
Step 15: Ta-DA!!!
You have made some seriously cute little toddler shorts, or baggies!!! Visit Designs By Sessa to see even more photos of these shorts and the complete tutorial. You can also see these shorts featured on Project Run & Play here! Thank you! And I'd love to see your versions uploaded to the DesignsBySessa Flickr Group.
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