What you will need:
- Fabric ( For a size 16 women’s you will need 1 yard)
- Sewing Machine
- Elastic (long enough to fit comfortably around your waist)
What to do:
- Using a pair of sleep shorts that fit well make a template of 1 back leg panel
- With your fabric folded in 1/2 wrong sides together cut 4 pieces making sure to leave a seam allowance.
- Take 2 pieces and, with good sides facing in, hem side B then repeat with the remaining 2 pieces
- Next create your bottom of the leg seam by hemming line C on each of your pieces
- Hem sides D on each piece
- Hem the curve (which will become the middle front and back seam) Placing both pieces together matching lines D and the curve with right sides together and repeat with the other curve.
- Now go back over the Seams for line D which now will be more of a V or U shape
- All that is left to do is create your waist band. Fold over 1/2 inch of fabric and hem line A being sure to leave a 2 inch or so gap in your stitches to feed your elastic through. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and work it through the pocket you just made until you get to the opening then stitch the 2 ends of the elastic together and close up your opening.
Much easier than the patterns and equations I found when I was searching, though I will admit I had 2 failures before I got it right! On the bright side I have worked out the kinks for you! 🙂
** You can use my measurements and simply adjust your elastic size and you should have no real problems for sizes L or XL….
** I used a triple zigzag stitch for the entire construction. I think it looks nice on the seams you can see and allows for a great deal of durability as well as fray prevention when you go just over the edges.