Here’s how to make some denim shorts for a doll and give them that cool hem and seam treatment that jeans have.
Start with the legs from a cut-off pair of jeans (you do save those, don’t you?) and the free Play Clothes shorts pattern.
The instructions for the shorts say to turn up the bottom hem 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch. We’re going to steal the already-made hem so we need to shorten the pattern by 1 inch. Just turn up the bottom edge one inch and crease it to hold.
Make sure the edges of the cut-off denim leg are all lined up – the outside seam running right up the side and the front and back edges of the bottom lined up with each other.
Place the pattern on the bottom of the cut-off denim leg. The folded hem of the bottom of the pattern should be lined up with the bottom edge of the pants, and the edge of the pattern that says to place it on the fold should be butted right up against the flat-felled seam at the side of the cut-off leg. Cut around the pattern. It should look like the photo up there. Repeat with the other leg for the other side of the shorts.
Follow the rest of the pattern instructions without any more changes. You’ve got a cool pair of denim shorts with nice hem and seam details!
I call them Cheater Pants. 🙂
Here they are, modeled by Bean.
I used the same technique to give Karl here that classic hem treatment to his denim shorts too.
You can use this technique with any doll-clothes pattern!
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I have already made long jeans using this method, but I had to tell you that your tutorial was awesome! Not all of them are helpful! Thank you!
Will these fit an American Girl doll?
I think these do. The shirts don’t fit well, but I think the shorts are ok. The pants are too short though.