A tutorial showing you how to use the Beaufort shorts pattern to create ruffled knit shorties with a yoga-style fold over waistband.
Hey everyone, it’s Laci Wornick. I have a Beaufort pattern hack for you today that will literally go with everything, and it is super comfortable too! Ruffled knit shorties are so popular right now, I just had to use the Beaufort pattern to create my own shorties that would have that same adorable asymmetrical hem line. I also added a yoga-style fold over waistband for added comfort.
If you haven’t picked up the Beaufort pattern yet, you can do so here.
So let's get started!
Any medium weight knit with good recovery
Sewing with Knit for this Project
- Prewash knit prior to sewing, as knit tends to shrink significantly
- Use a ball point or stretch needle
- Use a stretch stitch or zig zag stitch when assembling the shorts
- Knit does not fray or unravel, so it is ok to leave the edges raw. However, you can always finish the edges with a zig zag stitch or serger for a professional finish.
- Do not pull the fabric through the machine, as it can stretch the fabric. Simply guide the fabric, and allow the feed dogs to pull the fabric through the machine.
- Using wooly nylon in the bobbin will provide elasticity.
Rolled Hem Recommendation
It is recommended that the ruffles are finished with a rolled hem to get the desired finished look. While this is commonly accomplished with the use of a serger, it can also be achieved with a sewing machine.
When choosing a size, follow the measurement chart listed in the Beaufort pattern. Select a size, and print the pattern pieces. As always, make sure to measure ther 1” test square for accuracy.
Altering the Pattern Pieces
Since these shorties are made out of knit, some of Beaufort’s ease needs to be reduced. Using a straight edge, measure 1/2” in from the outside edge of each pattern piece, and mark a line. Either cut the pattern piece along this line, or just fold the edge under.
Cutting the Fabric
Shorts Pieces: Cut fabric for the shorts using the trimmed pattern pieces. Cut 2 as mirror images for the front, as well as for the the back.
Ruffles: Each leg will have 2 ruffles; a bottom and a top ruffle.
To know how wide the ruffles should be, measure across the simple ruffle pattern piece included in the Beaufort pattern. Remember, this measurement is cut on the fold.
The bottom ruffles should be 1.75” long x the width measured (to be cut on the fold).
The top ruffles should be 1.5” long x the width measured (to be cut on the fold).
**For example, my daughter’s ruffle width measures 11.75”W on the fold for the 12 month size. Therefore:
The bottom ruffles measure 1.75”L x 23.5”W
The top ruffles measure 1.5”L x 23.5” W
Waistband: For the waistband, cut a rectangle following the formula:
8.5” long x your child’s waist measurement- 2.5”
**For example, my daughter’s waist is 19”. For her waistband I will cut a rectangle that is 8.5” L x 16.5”W.
Preparing the Ruffles
Bottom Ruffle: Do a rolled hem along the bottom raw edge.
Top Ruffle: Do a rolled hem along the bottom AND top raw edge.
Constructing the Shorts
Using a stretch or zig zag stitch, sew the front and back shorts pieces together at the side seam, right sides together, with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seam using a zig zag stitch or serger. Repeat on the opposite leg.
Gathering the Ruffles
Open each shorts leg, right side up. Locate the ruffles and sew a gathering stitch 1/4” from the top edge of all of them.
For the bottom ruffles, the gathering stitch will be 1/4” from the raw edge.
For the top ruffles, the gathering stitch will be 1/4” from the top rolled hem.
Gather the ruffles until they are the same length as the bottom raw edge of the open shorts pieces.
Attaching the Ruffles
Take the top raw edge of a bottom ruffle and align it with the bottom raw edge of a shorts leg, right sides together. Evenly distribute the gathers, and pin in place. Using a stretch or zig zag stitch, sew with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seam using a zig zag stitch or serger. Repeat on the other leg.
Press the seams up and topstitch using a 1/8” seam allowance.
Using a marking device, draw a line 3/8” up from the top of the bottom ruffle. Repeat on the opposite leg.
Take the top rolled edge of the top ruffle and align it with the marked line. Evenly distribute the gathers, and pin in place. Sew to attach using a long straight stitch directly on top of the gathering stitch. Repeat on the opposite leg
Sewing the Inseam and Crotch Seam
To sew the inseam and crotch seam of the knit shorties, follow the same instructions provided in the Beaufort pattern. Make sure to match up the top and bottom ruffles when sewing the inseam. Also, use a stretch or zig zag stitch when sewing.
Constructing the Waistband
Fold the waistband in half vertically, right sides together, and sew along the side edge using a stretch or zig zag stitch.
Next fold the waistband in half horizontally. The top raw edge of the waistband will fold over and align with the bottom raw edge, wrong sides together.
Attaching the Waistband
Quarter the shorties starting with the front and back center seams. Mark the four points with pins. Note: the side seams will not be quarter points.
Quarter the waistband starting with the seam. Mark the four points with pins. The seam will be placed in the center back of the shorties.
Slide the waistband over the top of the shorties, right sides together. The bottom raw edge of the waistband will align with the top raw edge of the shorties. Match the quartered points, and pin together to secure. Stretch the waistband only, and continue to pin evenly all the way around. Using a stretch or zig zag stitch, sew the waistband to the shorties using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or serger.
Press the seam down and topstitch if desired. The yoga-style waistband can now be folded down.
You’re finished! As always we would love to see your finished project in the Little Lizard King Sewing Pattern Group! Have fun sewing all the shorties :)