Simplicity 2317 knit lounge shorts

Sewing Simplicity 2317 Lounge Shorts

Project features

  • elastic waistband
  • mock fly
  • stretch twin needle

Process notes

  • used contrast waistband from leftover thrift store t-shirt fabric
  • added 5/8 in. to the front and back pieces, increasing the overall circumference by 2 1/2 in.
  • used Wonder Tape on hem instead of pins
  • decreased hem allowance to 3/8 in.
  • increased thread tension to 7 when hemming with twin needle


Simplicity 2317 knit lounge shorts
OK, once again I accidentally doubled my intended adjustment measurement. Grrr. So as a result, these are rather bulky around the waist. The hips and thighs do feel rather comfy though.

I was glad to get some experience with a front fly, even if it was a mock fly. That process is a bit mystifying to read about, and actually doing it helps clarify things. Initially I misunderstood the center seam instructions and sewed down the wrong line. Lucky for me it was just a basting stitch and easy to remove and restitch.

Increasing the thread tension to 7 with the twin needle helped a lot. The bobbin thread has a better zig zag, allowing more stretchability without pulling the thread out of the side seams. I want to try pushing it even more to see what happens. And (perhaps because I decreased the hem allowance so much) the hem wants to flip up, so in the future I would increase the length of the legs instead so I can sew higher up from the fold.

The next time I want to make knit shorts I’d like to try the yoga short pattern from Crafty’s Sewing with Knits class. But even higher on my list is the City Gym Shorts pattern. They look classically retro and fun.