In this fourth and final part of the Walking Shorts Sew Along, we will be adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below.
If you have missed the first three parts here are the links to take you there. Please read thoroughly the first three parts so you are able to follow until the end of the sew-along.
Adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below.
The following instruction will be for both front and back of the pattern. You can use any shorts or pants pattern in this tutorial. If you feel like making a great pair of shorts check out this simple tutorial on how to make walking shorts.
Materials and Tools
- Shorts or Pants pattern
- Pattern making ruler or grading ruler
- Sticky tape
- Patternmaking paper
- Fabric for the shorts or pants
Advantages of Adding Cuffs to Shorts or Pants
- You get extra fabric to lengthen a pair of pants or shorts.
- Extra fabric can be used to mend a rip in the pants. I've actually done this a few times.
- Elegance is added to the shorts, even when the shorts are very short. Cuffs can make them look chic, pair them with stilettos and you are ready for anything, including office work.
Adding Cuffs the Easy Way
Be careful when making these cuffs on your chosen shorts or pants, you must not forget to add leg tapers at the end.
We must replicate the angle with accuracy so the hem can be folded without pulling or bubbling.
1. Place your pattern on the table and using a large ruler or your meter stick. Once the hem is sewn, trace a line where the shorts end. This is marked below in red.
2. Cut the pattern following the red line and add a piece of paper that is wider than the pattern and at least 5″ long.
3. Trace three horizontal lines 1.5″ apart.
4. Cut off the paper at the third line and leave one inch on each of the sides.
Fold the paper back at line #1 so that the only number you see is #1.
Also shown here.
Turn the pattern around and fold the pattern to the front at line #2.
At the back of the pattern, you should only the #3.
This is the front view.
Use your ruler to trace the angle of the shorts or pants on both sides.
Follow the lines and cut of paper.
Unfold the pattern. Notice how the cuff has a zigzag shape where the shorts or pants taper.
This is what your pattern should look like. Next, repeat all the steps for the back of the pattern.
There is another super easy way to sew cuffs like this. I'm going to write it up in a second article. A video explaining both methods would be best, and hopefully will be released soon!
Hope you have enjoyed this sew along and as always send in your comments and fitting challenges. I will be happy to address them in a separate tutorial. Until next time!