I needed a pair of shorts for my daughter for a photo shoot for a pattern I was testing. I got the idea to do a lace overlay on the New Horizon’s Portlanders Pants and Shorts. Click here to purchase the pattern. They turned out perfect for the photo shoot! Here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Arrange pages and cut out the shorts line in your size. Make sure you use the layers feature to easily see what you need to cut. You need to follow the flaired out lines for the shorts (the shorts are wider at the ends then the pants)
Step 2: Using stretch lace, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces. Don’t cut out the band with the lace.
Step 3: Go back to your paper pattern pieces. Cut off the flaired parts of the shorts. This will leave you with the pants width (but the shorts length line won’t change)
Step 4: using a solid knit fabric, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces, and this time, cut out the band as well (being sure to cut on the fold.
Step 5: Using only the lace, stitch the pattern as the directions say, stopping when you get to the band. The only thing I changed was on the lace, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, instead of the recommended 3/8″ because I wanted the lace to fit over the solid knit. Once you have the lace finished, put it aside. I did NOT hem the lace because it doesn’t fray 🙂
Step 6: Using the solid knit, assemble just the shorts pieces. Don’t do the band just yet! Use the correct seam allowance of 3/8″. I didn’t hem this pair, but I plan in doing a little hem in the future so the solid is a little shorter than the lace.
Step 7: Flip the lace and solid shorts right sides out. Place the lace shorts over the solid shorts (the wrong side of the lace should be on top of the correct side of the solid). At this point, I stitched the top of the shorts together to baste the lace and solid layers, but this isn’t necessary.
Step 8: LAST STEP! Now add the band as directed. The instructions are perfect for evenly spacing out the bands.
Now enjoy your amazing hacked shorts 🙂
Here is my daughter wearing them in her photo shoot. For the top pattern info and link, check out my blog post I did on it here.
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