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This is a really rewarding project. Once you have mastered inserting a zip fly the rest is a doddle!

(I don't mention it all the time, but, as a general rule: press everything as you go along!)
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Step 1: Find A Good Pattern

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This one is from the Great British Sewing Bee book 'Sew Your Own Wardrobe'. I've shortened it for shorts.

Measure yourself accurately & choose the correct pattern size.

Step 2: Pockets I

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Zig zag the curved edge of your pocket facings.

Sew pocket facings (right side up) to pocket linings (right side up).

Step 3: Pockets II

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Pin & sew pocket to trouser front (right sides together)

Understitch the lining.

Press to right side.

Top stitch the fold.

Step 4: Pockets III

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Baste down the pocket sides & top.

Sew up the lining & zig zag the rough edge.

Step 5: Sew Up The Crotch Seam

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Step 6: Zip Fly I

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Sew the curved edge of your left fly shield.

Turn & press.

Pin & sew onto the Front of your Left-Front pattern piece.

Press & turn to the inside.

Step 7: (* Cutting Down Zip-Strip...)

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Measure a bit more than you need.

Snip a bit of the teeth off from where you made the cut.

Open a bit of the end of the zipper, slide on one side & pull it down a little.

Jimmy the other side in & hold on to the tapes you created as you pull the zipper down.

Trim off the excess at both ends.

(Before the zipper is fully attached and sealed in, be VERY careful not to pull the zip head off the end of the zipper - as I have done, many times!)

Step 8: Zip Fly II

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Turn & press the hem allowance of the right hand side of the fly opening.

Pin & tack the zip (facing out, closed with pull at top!) with the teeth just poking out.

Prepare the zip shield. Sew up 3 sides, turn & press.

Pin & tack over your original tacking (& remove 1st tacking - I use 2 colour threads to make it clearer).

Sew down and remove the tacking stitches.
adrodry4 months ago

very good for the beginners.

busteroriginals (author) 1 year ago
Thank you. I will get round to some more sewing projects soon!
acuchetto1 year ago
Cute pants! This instructable is inspiring!
saosport1 year ago

nicely done