Let’s get started on the Reef Shorts! We’ll be getting started on the shorts pockets today. I’ll be showing you View B in this post, but you’ll be able to follow along with the same steps for View C.
Lay the short front with right sides facing up. Place the front curved hem on top with right sides together. Match up the notches. Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge.
Press the seams down towards the hemline. Repeat for the other front pieces.
Next, lay the shorts back with right sides facing up. Place the back curved hem on top with right sides together. Match up the notches and sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge. Press the seams down towards the hemline. Repeat for the other back pieces.
Finish the raw edges of the pockets. I serged mine, but you may also use a zigzag stitch. Note: I use washi tape on my pattern pieces to distinguish right from wrong sides of the fabric.
Place the pockets on the shorts front and shorts back with right sides together. Match up the notches from the pattern pieces.
Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge at the side seams.
Finish the side seams with your preferred method.
Press the pockets and seams outwards.
Under stitch just under 1/8” (3mm) from the seam between the pocket notches on the pocket and side seam.
Next, take the short front and short back and place them right sides together. Match up the pockets and side seams. Sew along the side seam from the waistline down to the first pocket notch and over to the edge of the side seam. Then sew up from the hemline to the second pocket notch over to the side seam. Be sure that you don’t sew the shorts together between the two notches, as this will be the pocket opening!
Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge around the pocket edge until you reach the side seam. This will close the pocket bag.
Press the pockets and seams towards the centre front and stay stitch 1/2” (1.2cm) from the raw edge along the waistline.
We now have pockets! We will stop here for today and continue sewing the shorts together in the next post.
LOOKING FOR MORE REEF POSTS?
Here’s the full list of the upcoming Reef posts and tutorials:
- How to choose between Reef & Reef Curve
- Reef Maker Roundup
- Reef Inspiration & Ideas
- Reef Tester Round-Up & Reef Curve Tester Roundup
- How to Block fuse facings
- How to Sew a Perfect V Neck on Woven Fabrics
- Sewalong | Camisole Yoke
- Sewalong | Curve Darts
- Sewalong | Camisole Facing & Seams
- Sewalong | Camisole Hem
- Sewalong | Shorts Pockets (this post!)
- Sewalong | Shorts Seams
- Sewalong | Shorts Waistband
- Sewalong | Shorts Hem
We’d love to see what you’re creating from the new Reef camisole & shorts set pattern or the new Reef Curve camisole & shorts pattern! Don’t forget to tag your creations #MNreef and @megannielsenpatterns to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!