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I have been hibernating lately as the temperature has dropped into the negatives. Great time to sew and clean up the crafting space. So I completed my fox sleep shorts.

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Finished shorts!

After basically remaking the free “save me time” pattern from online, I cut out the pieces from the fox cotton fabric I purchased a bit ago. (see previous post on fixing this pattern)2015-12-06 19.04.44This is a super easy project for beginners as it only has four pieces.

It’s optional, but I serged all the edges of the pieces to prevent fraying. If you don’t have a serger, you can use a zig-zag stitch to help keep the fabric from fraying with wearing and washing. From there I connected the front pieces together at the center seam and then the back pieces together at their center seam. From there I placed the right sides together and sewed up the side seams and the crotch. Now to finish the legs and add a waist band. I started with the legs as I find it annoying to hem once the top is all bunched up with the waist band. I folded under the serged ends just past the stitch and pinned. I suppose I could have ironed the serged end under, but I don’t get along with irons the best. My steamer has saved my fingers….and my clothes. Next I folded to the wrong side an inch of fabric. I used my measured hem clip to help me make them perfect.

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Measured Hem Clips…..Great little gadgets

I sewed over top of the folded under serged edge and pulled the pins and hem clips as I went.

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Finishing up a leg

Ta dah! Pretty leg seam. Now I just repeated everything for the other leg. Now it is time to finish the waist to add some elastic. Again I folded to the wrong side the serged edge and pinned. I then folded to the wrong side and used my measured hem clips to make sure the channel for the elastic was 1.5″ so my 1″ elastic would fit nicely through.

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Sewing the waist down for the elastic.

Make sure you leave an opening so you can pull the elastic through. Using my bodkin I pulled my pre-measured through the channel. Once I had the elastic all the way through, I made sure my elastic did not twist in the channel and then sewed the ends of the elastic together. To do this I over lapped an inch of the elastic and sewed a box using a straight stitch, locking my end. Always nice to pull on this connection a couple of times to just make sure it is secure. I then pushed the seamed elastic into the channel and finished sewing the channel down.

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Finished shorts!

Now it is time to try on and snuggle up!

After wearing these I do have two complaints. The first being I could have cut the small and had less fabric bunched up around my waist. Second I do not like how the legs kinda wing out. Some slight adjustments to my pattern will correct these issues the next time I make some new shorts. Interestingly, the pattern matches along the center seams in spots or is sooo close and I didn’t even try!

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The pattern is so close to lining up!

The side seams not so much because of the “wing ” effect.

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Side seams…..not even close

Does this bother me? Nope. Am I feeling foxy for Valentine’s day? You betcha! 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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