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Lace-Trimmed Shorts




Lace-Trimmed Shorts
Add a little romance and fun by embellishing a pair of woven shorts with an assortment of pretty lace trims. Use cotton Cluny or Venice lace to get this on-trend look just right.

Materials Needed:

  • Woven shorts of your choice – you can use a pair you already own, purchase a ready-made pair or sew your own
  • 4 yards each of different lace trims:
      Wide cotton lace, approximately 2" to 2 1/2" wide
      Medium width cotton lace, approximately 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" wide
      Narrow cotton lace, approximately 5/8" to 7/8" wide
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Scissors


    Note: Depending on the length and zipper position of your shorts, you may have to alter yardage amounts/directions accordingly.
  1. Prewash and dry your shorts according to care instructions; this will pre-shrink the shorts if needed.
  2. Starting from the outside seam, line up the medium lace with the bottom hem of the shorts, folding under the raw edge. Pin in place all the way around.
  3. Using the sewing machine, sew down the top edge of the lace. Repeat on other leg hole.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using narrow cotton lace, positioning it so that the second row overlaps the first row by 1/2".
  5. Try on shorts to determine position and length of next row (using wide lace), which is the first continuous row of lace.
  6. Pin lace and sew, being sure to fold raw edge of lace under at start and finish of each row and making sure that lace doesn't interfere with shorts zipper.
  7. Hand tack the center bottom front and back of this row in place so that the lace lays flat on the crotch and rear of the shorts.
    *SPECIAL NOTE: We recommend trying on the shorts after each row is sewn to position/pin each subsequent row.
  8. Continue alternating lace widths (medium, narrow, wide) until your reach the top of the shorts. We added a couple of rows of narrow lace to the rear to fill in the extra space, since it doesn't lay as flat as the front.

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