If you have that long shirt or short dress in your closet that you just can’t figure out how to wear, if you have the problem of “chub-rub” or if you are just looking for something fun and flirty to wear this summer, you will love these lace undershorts!
I went all out Gone With the Wind and made them out of an old set of lace curtains. Each curtain made two pairs of shorts. They only take an hour or two to make, depending on how much sewing experience you have. This is a great beginning sewer project.
1. Wash your lace or fabric. I believe in wash and wear! This way any shrinking or twisting will show up before it’s too late.
2. Lay the lace out flat and then fold it in half. This way both sides of the shorts are cut at once.
3. Pin a simple shorts pattern (in this case pajama shorts) to both layers of fabric. I lined the hem up with the finished edge of the lace. (The hem will touch the #1 seams.)
4. Cut along the edge of the pattern.
5. Remove the pattern, BUT keep the pieces pinned together.
6. Sew a simple, straight stitch 5/8 of an inch in along lines 2 and 3. Run a zig/zag stitch along both seams so the fabric doesn’t unravel. Your shorts will look like a skirt.
7. Open the ‘skirt’ and rotate the fabric to line up the #1 seams in the center. It will form a U.
8. Sew a straight stitch along the entire U. Then a zig/zag stitch along the very inside edge. Now you have the raw shorts!
9. Now, try the shorts on. Roll a top hem over twice to encase an elastic belt. At that point, cut a piece of elastic long enough to overlap about 1/2 inch with a slight hug to your body.
10. Sew the elastic together to form a loop.
11. Roll the top over the elastic loop and sew a straight stitch all of the way around. This will take lots of fabric smoothing and adjusting while you work the entire top of the shorts to a close.
That’s it! You now have a cool pair of lace shorts to complete your adorable summer outfits!
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