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Date: 7/31/14 10:45 AM

Hello! I have been quilting for the past few years (though I am still learning new things each day) but haven't had much of an interest in garment sewing. That is until very recently.

To make a long story, short (no pun intended :p) I've been trying to make a couple different pairs of shorts and can not seem to figure out the crouch assembly! I have tired just about every which way to sew them together and they just do not line up!

I realize that the back or the shorts is larger than the front (we have more surface area to cover) and the front is smaller. But what I can figure out is how they fit perfectly together? The crouch on the back is wider and the ends of the front and back do not meet. If i sew them together anyway they look uneven and silly.

I've read blogs, watched videos, read and reread patterns and it's just not sinking in what i am missing! How can I be the only person online who can't seem to figure this out?!

Please, if anyone has any advice, I would truly appreciate it!

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Date: 7/31/14 10:53 AM

If they are not perfectly matching up can I suggest that the wrong pieces are being sewn together. Not to be critical - I have just done that a bunch of times in my beginner days. I could be entirely wrong and read your problem the wrong way.

As a beginner I would write "inner seam" etc on tape and stick it to the wrong side so I would not make mistakes.

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Date: 7/31/14 10:59 AM

What pattern are you using?

Can you post of photo of how your pattern pieces look? Or the seam in question?
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Date: 7/31/14 11:08 AM

Here is one way to do it: sew each front piece to each back piece at the side seam, then sew up each inner leg seam. Now you have two sewn up legs. Place one leg inside of the other, right sides to right sides, matching up the crotch seam where the two inner leg seams meet. Then just sew the whole thing from the top of the waist, down and around the crotch seam and on up to the opposite waist point. I usually stitch again, just inside the seam allowance at the inner crotch curve where there is apt to be stress on that part of the seam. I learned this method years ago from a KwickSew shorts pattern. I keep a roll of blue painter's tape on my cutting table and I always put a piece of tape on the back pieces of the pants/shorts so that I don't get confused when sewing them up.

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Date: 7/31/14 12:19 PM

I do the same way as Momacita.

Make sure you get right sides together, back to front before sewing.

If it is difficult to tell which is the right or wrong side, put a sticker or piece of blue painter's tape consistently on one side of the fabric and each piece of the garment before you begin the construction.


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Date: 7/31/14 12:32 PM

Just to offer another suggestion.

- Sew a front and a back at inner leg seam. Now you have two pieces. Lay one on top of the other, right sides together, matching seam lines.

-Sew the crotch seam. It's long and shaped like a horseshoe and you can see how your pants are forming up. Since the center back is being sewn to the other center back, everything should fit together.

* You can actually now pin fit your pants at the side seams in order to fine tune any fit.

-Sew up your outer side seams (right sides together). Make sure you have a front and a back being sewn together. The same front and back that you sewed in the first step.

I think that's 3 2 different options we've described. They all work. Choose the one that makes the best sense to you.

If you sew a front to a front and a back to a back, then welcome to the club. We've all done it at least once.

You could machine baste them together and check before the final stitching just to be sure.

ETA: I just reread and that's only 2 options. There is another way also. But it's just a matter of changing which order you sew the seams.

I don't know if anyone sews the back center (crotch) seam to the front center (crotch) seam before sewing the side seams, but you could do that also. So you would sew the back to the back at the back center seam, front to the front at the front center seam. Sew the outer side seams, then you can sew the inner leg seam in one long seam.

Now that's 3.
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Date: 8/2/14 10:48 AM

Frame, thank you! Thank you so, so much everyone! With all of your great knowledge and help, everything matched up and looked great!!!! The Purl Bee came out with this adorable free pattern for "City Gym Shorts" and with being in my third trimester I really wanted a pair of comfy shorts that are cute and allow some breathing room

Thank you again everyone, truly!!!
-Kris

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