Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY Batman Shorts

Who likes superheroes?  Who has boys that like superheroes?  If you or your kids like superheroes, then these shorts are for you.  These shorts are inspired by Batman's blue and grey costume so you can use these shorts as part of a Batman Halloween costume if you live somewhere where it's warm.

I bought this Batman print from Walmart the other day and thought that Batman shorts were a good idea because it is getting warmer outside.


Would you like to make Batman shorts for yourself or for your kids?  Here's the tutorial.

Things you'll need:
  • Batman print fabric (Amount depends on size of wearer.  For 18 months, use at least 1 metre)
  • Matching thread
  • Bias Tape
  • A pair of shorts that fit you or your kids
  • Paper to trace your pattern
  • 1 inch wide elastic
The first thing you need to do is create your pattern.  Use a pair of shorts that fit you or your kids well.  You are going to make something like the image below.  Measure your wearer's inseam from the top to just below the knee and mark that on your pattern.  Then measure the width of the bottom of the pattern and measure up from the middle line.  Mark where your diagonal cuts will be.  You'll be making an upwards pointing V cut (point of V facing up) in the bottom hem to replicate Batman's legs on the image of the fabric sample.


Next, cut your fabric using your pattern.  Place the straight edge of the pattern on the fold of your fabric and cut around the pattern.  You will cut two pieces out of the fabric using your pattern.  You should end up with this:


Open the pieces up and you should get this:


Now we are going to bind the bottom edges with bias tape.  Measure along each edge and cut your bias tape.  You will need four pieces of bias tape for each pattern piece.  Bind each inside edge with your bias tape and sew down.  You should have this before you sew the bias tape.

Next, with right sides of the fabric together, sew the front and back rise from the top to the bottom of the curve.  It's hard to see the pins in the photo but you will be sewing where the pins are.


Next, sew the inseam of the shorts.


Now we are going to create a casing for your elastic.  Fold down the top 1.5 inches and pin.  Sew the casing and leave a two inch gap for feeding your elastic through.  Measure your wearer's waist and cut your elastic with 1 inch extra.


Feed your elastic through using a large safety pin.  Overlap the ends one inch and sew down.  Adjust if needed.  With the elastic inside the casing, sew the opening closed.  Now you have a pair of Batman shorts.