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Here's how to sew a pair of drawstring shorts.
Pants are the made the same way, just make the legs longer.

I can make a pair of these in about fifteen minutes. I make a lot of similar things, like ultralight windpants, fleece pants to wear under them, bib foulie rainpants, etc. It's amazing how fast it is to make something like this, which costs big dollahs in outdoorsy stores.

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Step 1:

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Find a pair of shorts you like.
Shove one pantleg sleeve into the other and flatten as seen here.
This will be your pattern.

Step 2: Fold Over the Fabric

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Get some snazzy cloth for your shorts. Steal some curtains or hit an animal in the road with your car and tan its hide.
Lay it flat on the ground and fold it over as seen here so you can cut out both pieces of cloth at the same time.
You won't accidentally make two left legs this way.

Step 3: Trace the "master shorts"

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Lay those flattened, half-inside-out shorts on your two layers of fabric. Trace one side with a magic marker. Flip it over and trace the rest of it. Be surprised how much fabric it takes to make shorts.

It doesn't matter how dark/contrasty your marker lines are, none of them will be visible when you're done sewing.

Step 4: Cut Cloth

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Cut along the lines. These "master shorts" are a lot bigger than they need to be and I wanted my new ones smaller. So I just cut at the line.

If you want to copy a pair of shorts exactly you should draw a "sewing line" and a "cutting line" outside that. The "seam allowance" is about a half inch for seams and hems, and about an inch for the drawstring at the top.

If you're making nylon windbreaker pants, you might want to melt the edges with a lighter or "heisschneider" to keep the cloth from unraveling. Plan ahead though, those melted edges can be scratchy.
mrsthursday4 years ago
Can it be that simple? My SO is a big 'un & can rarely buy a comfortable pair of shorts.
Tarps6 years ago
It is important to have a noose in your yard in case things go wrong.
=SMART=6 years ago
Haha nice ! gotta love the first pic!
bustedit6 years ago
Brennn106 years ago
Great instructions! This sets an awesome standard for the craft contest.
CarpetGnome6 years ago
Good instructions, very clear, yet open to modifications. And to top it off, you look very jazzed to wear them. ++