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Fern sewalong: sewing the seams

Welcome back to the Fern sewalong! Let's pick up where we left off.

Joining your shorts

Now to get these Fern shorts looking a bit more three dimensional!

Match the left front and left back shorts pieces together, with the right sides of the fabric facing. Notice that a tiny bit of the right side of the shorts is just visible under the pocket. That's okay, it's just because of the way we've sewed the pockets on. That part will get caught in the seam allowance and won't cause any trouble!

Pin the side seam

Sew the length of the side seam. Then pin and sew the inside leg seam.

Sew the left side

For the other side of the shorts, sew ONLY the inside leg seam. We're going to set a side zip later.

Turn the left shorts leg right side out. Match the right sides of the left shorts leg with the right shorts leg, all the way along the curvature of the crotch seam. Pin together and sew as one continuous seam.

Pin the crotch seam

Making the belt loops

One more small thing before we wrap up for the day! Fold your belt loop piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew up the longest side as close the edge as possible.

Use a loop turner to turn the loop right side out.

Use a loop turner

Press the loop flat with your iron and sew two lines of top stitching, very close to the edges.  

Top stitch close to the edge

Snip into four equal pieces, then match each loop with the darts on the top edge of the shorts. Pin and baste in place.

Cut four loops
Place loops onto right side of shorts


Nicely done! We'll be attaching our waistbands next. If you want to go back and catch up on what you might have missed, see what we did last time when we sewed the pockets.

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