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Tutorial: Adding Belt Loops to the Newport Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Natasha Chrismas

A fun addition to the Newport Shorts is to add belt loops and a fabric sash, creating a whole new look. When making the Newport Shorts, follow the steps as instructed up to Constructing the Waistband in the pattern. Follow these additional steps to add the belt loops to the waistband front and back before the first step in this section:


Creating the Belt Loops

Cut a strip of fabric 2’’ wide by 11’’ long. The length of this strip is suitable for all sizes. 

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Fold the piece of fabric in half, aligning the long raw edges, wrong sides together. Press to make a crease.

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Open the fold and bring the long raw edges in to meet the center crease. Press. 

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Fold in half again, bringing the long folded edges together and press. The piece is now 1/4 its original size. Topstitch the long folded edge, using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, to secure it closed.

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Topstitch the remaining long edge using a 1/8’’ seam allowance.

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Cut the fabric into 3 pieces, matching the height of the waistband size being sewn. For example, size 3 will be 2 3/4’’.

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Find the center of the back waistband by folding it in half. Press to create a memory crease. Place one belt loop over the center position with the wrong side of the belt loop touching the right side of the waistband. Pin in place. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Find the center of the front waistband by folding in half right sides together. Press to create a memory crease.

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Fold the waistband in half again. Press to create another memory crease.

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Unfold the waistband. Place the belt loops over the crease created on each side of the center crease. The wrong side of the belt loop will be touching the right side of the front waistband. Using a 1/8’’ seam allowance, baste in place at the top, and bottom of the fabric.

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Continue with the instructions for Constructing the Waistband per the pattern.

Constructing the Sash

Cut 2 pieces of fabric according to the chart below.

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Place the two pieces right sides together and sew one short end with a 1/2’’ seam allowance.

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Press the seam open.

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Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Press.

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Trim the edge of each end of the fabric at a 45 degree angle.

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Sew around the raw edges of the sash with a 1/4’’ seam allowance. Leave a 2” opening in the middle for turning.

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Clip the corners.

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Turn the sash right side out using a turning tool of your choice. Press.

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Pin the 2” opening closed. Topstitch around the sash to close the 2” gap.

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Fall Sewing Inspiration: Oxford Blouse & Newport Suspender Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Pictures by: Collin Horn

Oxford Blouse & Newport Suspender Shorts

The summer season is coming to an end and we are enthusiastic to get back into the sewing mood after what seems like endless days of beach, garden and family fun over the summer months. It is time to replace the light and airy summer fabrics in your fabric stash with quilting cottons, wool, corduroy and denim along with other fabrics, and start planning what to sew for the chillier fall and winter days!

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The Oxford Blouse and Skirt Pattern is one of our timeless and classic Back to School designs from this year. But have you thought how versatile the Oxford Blouse is, and how it pairs beautifully with other Little Lizard King patterns as well? 

The Newport Shorts are fabulous year round wear! If you haven't already noticed we also have a blog post on how to turn them into suspender shorts as well. Cute, right?

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Check the blog post here.

Happy Fall Sewing!

Tutorial: Newport Suspender Shorts

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Heidi Geren

Newport Suspender Shorts 

Happy Friday LLK friends! Aren´t you excited that it is finally warming up (or at least I hope it is where you are)?! If you are like me, you love to dress your daughter in vintage-y clothing. I adore the Newport Shorts as well as the Animazing skirt, so I decided to mash these patterns and create Newport Suspender Shorts with elastic legs! I paired my Newport suspender shorts with the Perfect Ten top. Continue reading to find out how to create this super cute look!!

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First, add 3/4" to the bottom of your front and back shorts pieces. This is so you can create an elastic casing later on. If you are not going to do elastic legs, skip this step. 

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Next, prepare the animazing straps, but add 3” to the length. This is to account for the shorter waistband on the Newport shorts. Attach the straps to the front waistband and the loops to the back at the same distance as the Animazing pattern says.

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Construct the waistband according to the Animazing pattern instructions. When it is time to make the elastic casing, masure down 1.5", draw a line, and sew to make the casing. Insert the elastic here. 

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Follow the Newport pattern instructions to construct the shorts. When it’s time to make the
elastic casing, turn the fabric 1⁄4” wrong sides together, and then another 3⁄4”. Topstitch 1⁄8” from the edge to create the casing. Be sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic. Measure your child’s thigh and use this measurement for the elastic length.

Finally, attach your shorts to the waistband. The only difference from the Newport pattern is that your waistband seam will not be enclosed.

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Congrats! You’ve made Newport suspender shorts! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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