How To Cut & Sew Paperbag Shorts | Kim Dave

How To Cut & Sew Paperbag Shorts | Kim Dave

oh [Music] the fabric is very comfortable i’m actually very surprised i thought it was going to be like itchy on the skin but it’s actually very comfy really breathable and it makes sense for it to be like a summer fabric [Music] welcome back to the channel this week my name is priscilla i’m in andrea and women’s designer based in the uk my excitement level is so high i’m just trying to contain it because i’m going to be unboxing something really cool in this video now this video is sponsored by wax and wraps which is a black-owned woman-owned business based in the uk and they specialized in subscription boxes that have the most stunning wax print and woven fabric from africa the amazing thing about the way the boxes are created is each box is themed according to an african country and it comes a lot of info in there from what i have seen online but to take you guys on the journey with me i’m going to be unboxing some of these boxes here jacqueline the founder sent me one two boxes which means you know there’s about to be a giveaway so make sure to watch on to the end to find out how you can win one of these boxes for yourself but in this video i’m going to be unboxing one i’m probably using the materials in here to make something on the channel okay shall we do this let’s go so i’m just going to take the box on top because she said both boxes are different so maybe one bugs in both and decide on which i would use to do my project but let’s just get into these boxes so the box itself is a really nice design i love the fact that it has these little illustrations of a woman wearing a head scarf you see the afro you see braids you see measuring tape scissors so you know it’s something about diy so i’m just going to go ahead and unbox this [Music] it feels like christmas all over again okay i’ll calm down oh nice so inside this is what it looks like when you open it and on top here there’s a check box that says the content of the box now this one has african fabric it has a sewing pattern it has a fabric swatch card it has an africa info card it has sewing threads ankara pencil oh a cara peso hey and a free gift and then you have african fabric bonnet stretch ankara head wrap oh wow there’s actually a lot more than i thought would be inside so when you turn it like this you get this really beautiful card it has a message that says dear kim thank you for sharing our boxes with your amazing community ahead of our one-year anniversary i serve the extra gifts inside thank you your support of our business and the amazing african artisan is appreciated best jacqueline thank you even the even the card is like african prince inspired this looks like kimchi actually but i could be wrong that’s really really cool so i’m just going to go ahead and unwrap this these are the contents so far we have this really nice stripe blue and white fabric it feels like it’s woven fabric and it’s actually quite a good weight almost like denim type weight so that’s the first thing in there the second thing in here maybe is the trims i don’t know open that later on then we have some more fabric this looks like jumping horse hey if you know jumping horse fabric please comment down below this is such a popular fabric that it comes in blue yellow red but it feels like easy stretch version so i’m excited to see what that is and then we have some more goodies in here so you have a graded sewing pattern now what garment is this i just want to know what pattern this is before we move ahead put your shorts i’ll prefer back shorts ah this is so cool wow okay i’ll calm down and i’ll show you guys i’ll lay this on the floor and i’ll show you what it looks like but that is a pattern just fold this away and set it aside this is some more anchor what could this be what could this be oh it’s a bonnet it’s an anchor up on it it’s fully lined it has an elasticated edge like this and it’s a really good size because it will contain my afro oh this is so cute thank you the other thing here there’s a card in front nice that’s a nice touch i’m just going to open this other one to see what’s in here wow so inside the second pouch you get this necklace it actually looks like a rubber bead because not just rubber beads but coral beads red ones that’s what this necklace looks like it’s actually really cool i might even wait for the rest of this video i swear that looks like coral beans i don’t i don’t care what anybody else tells me that looks like coral beads and then you also get uh some elastic i’m guessing is for the waistband of the shorts you get a matching thread that looks like navy blue to go with the fabric oh this is the ankara pencil ah this is so nice you get an anchor pencil in there as well has an eraser at the end it’s already sharpened so that’s great and then you get a card i think this is this is the group that made the the necklace and it’s called bindi handmade crafts you get some more info about them on the back there and i think they are in uganda yeah handmade crafts by small communities bordering grindy national parks southwest uganda that’s really amazing the fact that the box supports local artisans in africa that’s awesome and then you get an african fabric swatch card this one is for back cloth country of origin uganda the indigenous name for backhoe is olu bugo it is made from the inner back of the mutuba tree or to give a scientific name fiscal’s natalensis the scientist to me is just scratching because i i used to really i did microbiology so whenever i see scientific names i was like yes throwing in their family and genius names um and it has more info about the back cloth it actually feels like very thick cardboard paper but you can sew that’s the best way to describe the back lot the texture the weight it almost feels like you shaved wood and then you painted over the wood that’s like the most layman way to express what this feels like but that’s actually really cool sort of informing people one box at a time about different fabrics from different parts of africa so that’s the last item in the box i actually got to keep the second box a surprise for whoever wins it so make sure to keep watching to the end to find out how you can win that box for yourself so i’ve laid out the patterns out on the floor and it has two sheets there is a sheet here and another one over there and what i like about this is that it comes with instructions on how to cut the shorts how many panels you need to cut how to assemble everything together so this is very beginner friendly if you’re someone who is not very conversant with how to assemble and use patterns i love the fact that it has literally step by step on how to put the pair of shorts together it shows you what the finished shirt should look like which is like that this is what the front of the shirt to look like and it has the different graded sizes there this is what the back looks like tells you back cut one you probably need to mirror it and cut the other side you see the has a belt at the bottom here then there green lines included and then you have the pocket bag here so they’re labeled a b c so the packet is panel c this is really really good so i’ve laid out everything that came in the box i have the bonnet over there which is ankara and feels like cotton we have the woven fabric i will leave more information about the fabric on this side of the screen or at the bottom which is a really nice blue and white woven material we also have some matching thread for the fabric we have some elastic for the shorts we have the ankara pencil which is already sharpened and ready to use then we have the free gift which is this necklace that looks like coral beads made by this community in uganda you also get the sewing pattern with sewing instructions for the pair of shorts you get this african fabric swatch card which is for the fabric called the back cloth which is originally from uganda and more information about that there and then we also have the stretch jumping horse fabric with the edges nicely overlooked ready to be used so this is the content of the box or here as we can see thanks to jacqueline and the wax and wraps team for sending these boxes to me this was such a fun experience it was so nice to open unravel and find out more about the different things that were included in the box it is a monthly subscription box that is more than just ankara and fabrics it showcases africa in a very fun and chic way and i actually quite like and i appreciate that it would also make a really cool present i think for someone who is into sewing or someone who is like a fan of print and african textiles i think this would make a really amazing present as well i’m going to leave all links down below for anyone who wants to check them out i know you can start off with a trial box that is 19.99 and you can upgrade after 14 days to the service box which is about 34 35 pounds i’m going to put up the correct prices on the screen for anyone who wants to join the sewing club as it says behind the box okay now if you would like to win the second box for yourself all you have to do is leave a comment down below saying what you look forward to making with the fabric that you could possibly get in your box would you make a dress pair of shorts a shirt also don’t forget to follow wax and wraps on instagram at wax and wraps make sure to follow me as well at kim dave design a winner will be picked one week from the day this video goes live i’ll put up the date here so you have a better idea the winner will be announced on my youtube community page so just make sure to keep your eyes peeled and to just you know check on the page every now and again but once it’s up i’ll most likely leave a message on my instagram series as well so you guys are aware that the winner has been picked okay now let’s get into the sewing which is why you probably came to my channel and which is why you’re here let’s make a nice pair of shorts so i’ve gone in to cut out the patterns for the shirt i just cut out the front the back the pocket bag the piece for the belt and the belt hoops and it comes with a guide that tells you which line to cut now this i found a bit tricky i wish the sizes were just written next to the lines rather than the lines just there themselves i initially made a mistake but found a way to correct it and cut out the patterns that i needed for my size i’m working with a size uk 10 and i’m just going in here to cut out the fabric we’re using the pattern pinned in place i’m cutting all of the pieces for the shots we have our front backs we also have the strap for the belt and then the pocket there and the the piece i’ll be using for my belt hoops i also went in to cut my elastic which is the length is my waist measurement minus 10 to 15 centimeters that’s sort of a good gauge to know the amount of elastic to cut for the waistband of whether short skirts or anything that you want to add elastic to the waistband so i’m going to go ahead and assemble everything together is there any tips any tricks i think of i’ll let you guys know but i’m hoping to finish this pair of shirts today and show you guys the outcome at the end of this video so i’m going to start off sewing the shirt and the first thing i’m doing is attaching the pocket to the side seam and i’ve pinned right sides together now i’ve pinned the pocket about five inches below the waistline this i corrected before sewing it because initially it was too high after stitching it on the side seam i went ahead to overlock just around the area where the pocket seam was before repeating the same thing on the back now you need to do this on the front and on the back before you then join the side from the waistline around the pocket bag and down the bottom area of the side seam and you need to join the inner leg as well now i need to repeat this for the left and the right hand side to give you something that looks like this overlocking where necessary or finishing whatever choice of finishing you choose to go with now i’m just going in here to join the crouch seam from the front to the back and this will connect the left to the right leg of the shorts and i’m just going to sew on a one centimeter seam allowance using a normal straight stitch because this is a woven fabric and it doesn’t have any stretch after stitching normally i went back in to overlock the seam all the way around if you don’t have an overlocker you can consider a french seam or using a bias binding to finish seams on your garments and this is what the shorts look like so far in order to create the paper bag waistline i’m going to be folding the waistline downwards by two inches like so and i’m going to be sewing twice one towards the bottom of the stitch and another seam three centimeters from the waist so i folded in the waistline by about six centimeters so from here to here and i’ve stitched it twice so the first stitch is along this bottom edge which makes that seam there and then the second stitch is about three centimeters from the top edge to here and this should be three centimeters because that’s how wide the elastic band is and you want it to fit through this space here now by doing this we’ve created a tunnel for the elastic to go all around the waist of the shorts but just remember to leave about this much open on the center back on this edge here so leave about this much opening of a hole that would allow you to put the elastic inside now that this is done before we fix the elastic and finish off the hem i am going to make the belts the belt loops that will sit in like vertically like this i’m going to fold and stitch it and then add that around the waistline before putting in the elastic to create the belt loops i’m going to be working with this piece here that had a pattern for it i’m just going to iron it out first and then i’m going to be folding it twice now i’m going to fold it in half like this putting the wrong sides inside and then i’m going to be folding the edges inwards like so before going back to fold and tuck away the raw edges inside of this fold now by pressing it down like this it just makes stitching this piece a lot easier because you just need to sew the open edge closed and then go back and do another stitch on the other side just to give it that double security now once you have this stitched and pressed this is what it should look like and you would need to cut this strap into five shorter straps that would help you to make the belt loops now once we have these loops in place i took mine to the iron and just ironed the top and bottom edges by one centimeter on both sides because that just made a sewing them into the waistline of the shorts a lot easier and i’m just going in here to space my loops on the front and pin them down and i’m going to be sewing the top and the bottom edge onto the waist of the shirt now you want to set it in such a way that you stitch it above the seams that we have that created the tunnels so that way you don’t take away from the tunnel width that your elastic will need now i did this for all of the loops on the front and on the back there should be five loops in total before going in to pass the elastic band through the tunnel that we made earlier on now using a safety pin i’m just going here to add it to one side of my elastic and i’m going to pass the elastic into the tunnel through that opening that we left on the center back edge and once we get the both sides of the elastic through i’m going to use a zig zag stitch to join the elastic band together for my waistline once that is all done i’m just talking in the elastic into the waistline adjust together so it’s evenly spread and then i’m going to sew that opening close first before going in to stitch down the belt loop that sits on the center back waistline [Music] i’m just going in here to stitch the bottom edge of this particular loop onto that center back seam before going in to fold the hemline of the shirt by two inches for the left and the right leg this i’m going to be sewing on a one centimeter seam allowance towards the bottom edge of the shorts like this and then after doing that i’m going to turn it up on the side on the middle and on the inner leg now turning it up just means pulling the seam downwards to make this detail on the hem of the shorts and i’m just going in to iron it first and then tuck it down on the side so that detail stays in place and stays put now this you need to do for both legs of the shorts before going into work on the last piece which is the belt strap now this combo has two pieces which you will need to join up the back or the side wherever you decide to place the seam and then you need to put right sides together stitch along the sides like so turn this piece inside out and then stitch close the ends of the strap give it a nice press to finish the piece so i’m all done making the shorts i would insert a clip here so you can see what it fits like on me since this video doesn’t really capture down to my knee but it actually fits really really nicely now it’s not a fitted silhouette around the thigh i would say and i don’t mind it for one reason i have full thighs so my shots either have to be fitted or loose anything in between i find that it starts to like gather up the crouch and it’s not a comfortable feeling to have as you’re walking around and your shoulders are gathering so i’ve actually worn this around for like a few hours today and it’s quite comfy it’s really nice and roomy around the legs i love the pockets the pockets are so deep and like comfy you can fit like three phones in one pocket bag it’s really deep i also like the fact that i come to the belt because with the elastic alone it it wasn’t as snatched as i wanted it to be around my waist but with the belt you can really tie it very tight as much as you would like i am a huge fan of high-waisted anything sketch shorts pants anything high-waisted because i find is very flattering on my body it makes my legs look longer since i’m on the shorter side i’m 5’2 so anything that’ll make me look taller i usually go for but overall i’m happy and i’m very pleased with the outcome the fabric is very comfortable i’m actually very surprised i thought it was going to be like itchy on the skin but it’s actually very comfy really breathable and it makes sense for it to be like a summer fabric because ah like oh the feeling i can’t explain it it just feels like nice to like wear and walk around in i guess it’s like the weave must be loose enough to allow air but comfy and structured enough to hold the shape of the shorts but that concludes it for this video i hope you guys enjoyed the unboxing and the making of the shorts cutscee of wax and wraps i’m going to link their instagram their websites and how you can get in touch with them to grab yourself a box this box was for the box for the month of august and it was focused on uganda hence why the jewelry the fabric and swatch cloth were all uganda based i know next month to be a different country so it’s like a cool way to learn more about african fabrics african arts and still support local artisans there now if you guys enjoyed this video make sure to give it a thumbs up comment down below any suggestions or ideas you might have and with that being said i’ll see you guys in my next one bye [Music] so [Music] you
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