i had an old pair of pants that didn't fit right and had paint splattered here and there that i decided to make shorts out of them for myself. with the left over bottom half of the pants i tried a little something that is new for me and made these little...let's just call them 'culottes' for ella.
here is how i made them:
ripped the inside seam down low enough for the rise and the top waistband.
sewed the two sides together, topstitched and
sewed the top waistband leaving a small opening for the elastic.
threaded elastic through waistband and sewed down on the sides so that only the back is gathered. top-stitched another seam about 1/4" from top and added a small tie in the front for styling.
added a little elastic at the bottom and sewed the ties that were already there in place.
time to hula hoop.