Here's a tutorial for how to (attractively) make your shorts bigger. I have seen a lot of tutorials for how to do this, but the end results are often hideous (sorry!). So here's one way to discreetly or stylishly increase your shorts in size.
- Shorts that are too small (but that you really want to wear!)
- Pretty or matching fabric
- Sewing machine
First, look at the seams on both sides of your shorts. Remove any buttons, etc, along the seam area.
Turn your shorts inside out. Take a look at the seams on the sides.
Don't forget to allow for 1/2 inch seams (add one inch width to each strip). It is better to have too much fabric than too little so be generous.
Guideline: if you want to expand a pair of size 24 jeans up to size 26, cut 2 strips of fabric 3 inches wide each.
Pin the fabric to your shorts with the wrong side up. The good sides of both the shorts and the fabric should be facing each other.
Tip: Backstitch the beginning and end to lock in your stitching.
This ensures that you are sewing the new fabric at the correct angle with the loose edge of the shorts.
Sew the edge together.
The inside will look like this when you're done.
Tip: Put the shorts on now (if you can). See if the new completed leg is big enough. If your leg cannot fit into the new shorts hole, it is too small! You will have to use a seam ripper to undo the sewing you did and insert a new, wider strip into the hole.
See? It is better to have too much fabric than too little. I learned this this the hard way because I thought adding such a wide strip was ridiculous (I'm not that fat!!!!) Sadly... I forgot to account for seam allowance (and pride).
If they are too big, you can either undo one side of stitching on each leg and trim the strip smaller, or (more easier) just sew a little deeper on your seams.
When everything looks good and you are happy with how your shorts fit, go ahead and zig-zag stitch the edges of your new seams. This prevents fraying and makes your shorts look more pro.
Fold your fabric up twice to create a neat edge on the inside. Keep the sides tucked in neatly. Pin it into place.
If I wanted to make these shorts even cuter, I could add a little matching belt like the pair of shorts below has.
I'm so happy that I altered this one because they are such cute shorts to begin with!
So, there you have it! A way to make your shorts bigger without looking ridiculous. You can finally put those favourite shorts back into use. I think I haven't worn these shorts for almost 10 years now, but I kept them because I thought I would (magically) lose weight and fit back into them again. Unfortunately, I think I purposely bought them a bit too tight when I originally bought them (oh, vain self!).
Oh well, now they are back in use! I considered doing this to quarter length pants but I don't think I could do this as well as I can do this with shorts. Shorts are easy!
Oh, another tip, the key to making this look good is to pick good fabrics to add in. Choose wisely!