Want to make your own? Here's a quick tutorial. The dimensions for the pattern are below. (Also, save that Amazon packaging paper! It's awesome for patterns!)
The shorts require exactly 2 pieces of fabric, with identical dimensions, and enough elastic to fit around your waist.
See? Two pieces. The pattern includes seam allowances and hemlines.
- Draw the pattern above. Yes you need to take out your Crayolas and a ruler. If it's not perfect, don't worry! Roughly approximate curves will still work out here.
- Cut out two pieces of fabric based on the pattern above. Don't forget you have to fold the fabric.
- Take one piece, and fold it in half, right sides together, then sew the short curves together. You should now have a partial tube.
- Repeat for the other piece.
- Take both tubes, align the long curves together, right sides facing, and sew all the way along the curve. When you're done, you'll basically have a pair of shorts, just with a really big waist.
- Cut a piece of 1" elastic the length of your waist, wherever you want the shorts to sit.
- Sew the ends of the elastic together, so you have a circle.
- Fold the fabric at the top of the shorts over the elastic to create a tube for the elastic. Sew all the way around to encase the elastic. You might have to stretch the elastic as you go.
- Hem the bottom of the shorts.
Other nice options:
- Serge or zig zag the raw edges of the inside seams. Since there are only 2 seams, it's not a lot of work. I covet finished seams. Plus your sewing will last longer.
- Turn under the fabric that encases your elastic so that you hide the raw edge.
- Take length off the bottom of the shorts, for something more modern looking.
- Add length to the bottom of the shorts to make culottes.
- Don't use elastic. Pleat the waist, and add a zipper.
The fabric I used here is yet another reincarnated duster, and I love the colors. I prefer wearing tops and shorts to sleep because shifts and night dresses always ride up during the night. Now that I've made these, I want a dozen more! Though, honestly I probably only need two to alternate.
Nest time, another variation! I DID OPTIONAL STUFF.