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Banded Parker Shorts

Updated: May 4, 2023

Banded shorts create a cute bubble shape and a bit of whimsy to our traditional Parker’s Pants. Perfect to pair with any top. Make with seersucker or pique for summer. We also love the look made in corduroy or wool, paired with tights for a precious winter look! See Susan sew this look in the video below.


Children’s Corner Parker’s Pants pattern (we are using the 2020 release)


1. From the 2020 version of Parker’s Pants, (shorts view), shorten by 1" by measuring up from the fold line for the hem. If using a previous version, use cutting line, “view C Shorts with ruffle," and you will not shorten.

2. From bottom outside edge of pants leg place a dot based on the measurement chart below. Then draw a line up from mark to top of side seam on front and back.

3. Cut 2 rectangles using chart below for length for the leg bands.

4. Follow steps 1-5 for shorts construction.

5. Put 2 lines of lengthened machine stitching along bottom of pants legs 1/8” and 3/8” from the raw edge of the fabric.

6. Pull the gathering threads to adjust the leg opening to match the length of the leg band. With right sides together, pin the leg band to the leg opening. Sew using a ¼” seam.

7. Repeat for other leg.

8. With right sides together, stitch crotch seam from edge of band to opposite edge of band. Serge seam and press seam to back.

9. Press under 1/4” on raw edge of band.

10. Turn band to inside and whip folded edge to stitching line. Alternately stitch band to shorts “stitching in the ditch.”

11. Press band.

Instructions by Cathy Jones

Click the printer icon below for printable version.


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