How to make your own shirred waist pajama shorts:
- Cut out your shorts using a pattern or, as I did, tracing your favorite pair if you know how. I recommend the help of a pencil or fabric marker. Make sure to leave an extra 1-2" at the bottom for the hem and 1-2" at the top for the top finish (also a hem in this method).
- Sew your center front and center back seams, right sides together. Press seams open.
- Sew your side seams, press open.
- Sew the inseams.
- Turn under your hem (1/4-1/2", then under another 1/2-3/4") on the legs and at the top.
- Try them on at this point to make sure they fit--of course, the elastic at the waistband will keep them on when they're done!
- OK, now for the fancy part. When I developed this idea I thought how cute it would be to use shirred elastic at the top of the shorts instead of a regular elastic waistband in a casing! Imagine, a shirred waistband with a ruffle hem at the top! Of course, I didn't have any elastic thread. Oh. So, change of plans, and now I can offer this tutorial with two options for elastic at the top! If you're going to shirr: there's a great video tutorial from Grosgrain just recently, and of course there are tons of other tutorials out there. It will look like this: (at the top of your shorts instead of an elastic casing. I would recommend about 5 rows of shirring).
Photo from Amanda *Bake It Pretty*
- So please, if you have elastic thread or don't but aren't as impatient to finish your shorts as I was, please try the shirred waist! It will be cute!
- If you don't have elastic thread, grab some approximately 2" wide elastic and cut a piece 2-4" smaller than your hip measurement (figure out where you want your shorts to hit when trying the on without the elastic). Hold the elastic around you and see how tight you want it. They're pajamas, after all! Sew right sides together.
- The seam will be your center back. Fold in half to find your center front (mark with a pin) and again to find the sides.
- Now you'll do the same thing with your shorts. The side seams are probably NOT the actual center sides of the shorts, since the back piece is probably a few inches wider than the front. If you match your side elastic pins to your side seams, you may end up with lots of gathers in the back and very few in the front. So, using your center back and center front seams on your shorts as markers, find your middle side points and pin the elastic to all four points.
- Sew along the waistband, stretching out the elastic as you go.
That's it! Enjoy your new shorts!
So easy and summery!