I have made the oliver+s Sketchbook shorts so many times.
In fact,so many times,I can make these bad-boys in less time then it will take me to blog the construction!
My method is for a sturdy short with lots of topstitching.
If a tailored version in wool or linen is the look you are requiring,stick with the oliver+s instructions. I cut more then a few corners.
By the way,even though I have made this pattern so many times,I forgot to check the errata. So I drafted the short back without the seam allowance.
To compensate,I shortened the front legs a little and left out the pleats.
They turned out ok,but I wouldn't advise it in a bigger size.
Another charming little disclosure. You may notice how fluffy the edges of the cut pieces are? Or indeed you may have already noticed that on the Sketchbook shirt tutorial I did previously?
We have many pets in out home. One of them is a neurotic spayed Siamese named CoCo,every now and again he pee's in a basket of clothes. Thus the only wash baskets we have,have lids. My neatly organised sewing baskets,however,did not.
You can guess the rest.....and yes he is still alive-just!
On with the show.....
Put these aside for now.
There is no need to neaten this seam as it will not be visible.
Try and not be as wonky as me!(he he)
I overlock this seam.
This makes laundering the shorts so much easier! A quick shake from the machine and they are smooth.
Consider drawing the sewing line,make sure you mark the dot from the pattern and that you pivot on that spot!
Don't clip through the stitching!
I overlock this seam and I find it opens up to a semi-straightish seam if you carefully sew it.
I tend to use a ruler and then free hand sketch the curve. Make sure that you are stitching through all the layers underneath. I feel them with my fingers and then pin in place.
I thought I would add some bar tacking.
They need to be pressed in opposite directions to reduce bulk.
The crotch seams should be facing in opposite directions.
I overlock this seam.
I like two rows.
Matching the notches here is very important. It is far better to have a little extra at the top and bottom which can be trimmed. If the notches are not matched the legs can be slightly twisted.
At this point I would usually fold the pleats.
If you don't fancy the pleats don't fold them and make the waistband a little longer to compensate.
It is possible to fold them out of the pattern before cutting and this is fine for skinny children but it can make them a bit skimpy for (ahem)bigger boys.
Attaching the waistband.
Fold the waist band in half and press. Then stitch a tiny pin-tuck along the fold.
This pin-tuck should match the centre front EXACTLY.
Mark on the waistband the area you wish to have smooth(not gathered).
Interface this section.
I like to interface the OUTSIDE of the waistband.
Pin and sew the waistband.back.
Press the seam open.
Pre-fold the front edge of the waistband,this is the side that was interfaced.
Pin the RIGHT side of the waistband(not the edge that was pre-folded)to the WRONG side of the shorts waist.
Make sure the pin-tuck is exactly at the centre front seam!
Press the seam allowance towards the waistband.
Fold the waistband over and pin in place,covering the previous stitch line.
Make sure the pin-tuck matches the centre front seam.
Stitch the waistband in place leaving an opening to thread the elastic through.
It can be helpful to stitch on the inside.
Press really well and the top-stitch around the top of the waistband.
Measure up the elastic for the waist.
Continue to ease the waistband until it and the elastic inside is flat.
oliver+S Sketchbook shirt and shorts.
A must for a little boy but easily a staple for the girls in your life.
Very quick to make!
A lot of bang for your sewing buck!
The original outfit size 12 with added length.
Well worn and handed down to the Twins for a farm outfit.