Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tutorial Tuesday - yoga/jogging/athletic shorts
I was in need of some new shorts for walking/jogging, and knew that merino wool would be the perfect material for that... wicks away moisture, soft, breathable, lightweight. Wool does what athletic clothing manufacturers have been trying to duplicate with synthetics, but still is not as good. Merino wool clothing can be extremely expensive... unless you buy recycled wool garments or do it yourself! Ready for the tutorial?
You will need a pair of comfy shorts out of your wardrobe, and a lightly felted (not felted stiff, still stretchy, but won't unravel when you cut) merino sweater.
Fold them in half and use them to make a pattern. Remember to make a seam allowance. This is a good time to customize the length to your liking. When you are done with the one side, fold it the other way, and make another pattern. One will be your front pattern, and the other will be your back.
Now cut out 2 pieces from each pattern, 2 fronts & 2 backs. If you have a big enough sweater (I didn't), you can position each piece, so the ribbing is at the bottom of the leg for a more finished look.
Next sew the crotch seams... the 2 fronts together, and the 2 backs together.
Now you can sew the rest together (remembering right sides in & wrong sides out).
For the waistband measure what would be comfortable for you, and cut a piece of the ribbing to size. Next time, I think I will make a bigger fold over waistband for more support & coverage.
Sew your waistband on. It should be a little smaller than your opening, so you will stretch it lightly & evenly as you go.
Flip them right side out, and you have shorts!
I'll be making another pair soon... i'll blog it then. Enjoy!