Make a fitting SHORTS- {Free DIY Pattern & sewing tutorial}

Shorts is nothing short of a necessity during warm weather. You have sunny weather and the shorts is not far behind. What can be more cooling than wearing a comfy shorts in the heat.Some girls even get away with wearing them to the office. The cool and trendy look that shorts gives you is what you are looking for this summer. 

shorts pattern

I have one policy when wearing shorts. Solid colours tops with printed shorts and printed or patterned tops with solid coloured shorts. But this rule is not followed by many fashionistas. They combine patterns and prints with their tops and shorts and look fantastic.

The shorts can be made in any material you want but a natural woven fabric like cotton and linen works best,especially when sewing summer shorts. Bold patterns, stripes, eyelet fabric, lovely prints, small embroidery – all can add interest to this simple pattern. 

You can pair your shorts with any style of tops ranging from basic tees, fitted tops, Kaftans, crop tops, denim jackets and camisole top, button down shirts and tank tops.Halterneck tops and shorts are the best combo to beat the heat. A day frolicking on the beach in a cotton shorts and an  off shoulder top is definitely my idea of fun.  Flat sandals suits shorts the best but many may disagree. 

The pattern given below will give you a defined waist as it is fitted on the front draping comfortably around your hips with a fitted waistband fastened with pant hooks and zipper on the side seams and in the back you have an elastic waistband which will give you room for movement and ease.

Fitting shorts sewing pattern with Elastic waist band in the back.

how to sew shorts

Body Measurements needed

  • Waist round 
  • Hip round
  • Thigh circumference or flair of the leg
  • Length of shorts

 

Draft Back pieces of shorts pattern 

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Mark the width of the back piece of shorts at 1/3 of the hip round ( 1-3)
Mark 2 inches to the inside to point 2

From 2 mark up 1 inch . Join 1 to this point at 4 (1 -4) 
From 1 and 2 mark down .5 inch at D & E. This is seam allowance for joining the waistband 
Mark the crotchline from D

D- A = E-C = F-B = Crotch line should be marked differently for different sizes
For kids – 9 inch ; Adults – medium – 10 inch ; large – 10.5 inch ; XL – 11 inch
The width of the crotch line A-B = 1/3 of hip

D- I = Height of the shorts + 2″ hem allowance
I-H = Thigh circumference +2 inch  ( This can be increased as per your choice for flair)
Join all the lines
You have to cut two pieces of this back pattern

Draft Front pieces of shorts pattern 

how to stitch shorts

Mark the width of the back piece of shorts at 1/3 of the hip round + 3 inch
Mark 3 inches to the inside
For joining the waistband you have to leave 1/2 inch seam allowance on top
Mark the crotch line

D- A = E-C = F-B = Crotch line should be marked  differently for different sizes
For kids – 9 inch ; Adults – medium – 10 inch ; large – 10.5 inch ; XL – 11 inch
The width of the crotch line A-B = 1/3 of hip + 3 inch

D- I = Height of the shorts + 2″ hem allowance
I-H = Thigh circumference +2 inch ( This can be increased as per your choice for flair)

Mark 1-G, A-J & I-K 1/2 inch inside
Join all the lines
You have to cut two pieces of this front pattern

Waistbands

Front waistband
After joining the front pieces at the crotch line together measure the top edge. Add 2 inches to this measure for length. Width – 3 inch
Back waistband
After joining the back pieces at the crotch line together measure the top edge. Length should equal this measurement. Width – 3 inch

Zipper facing pieces 

2.5 inch wide and 8 inch long fabric pieces – 2 numbers. 

How to sew the shorts

Step 1

Join the crotchlines of the front pieces keeping them right sides together; Join the crotchlines of backpieces.You now have two pieces of the shorts pattern – front & back pieces. 

how to make a shorts pattern

Step 2

Fold in zipper facing pieces by half lengthwise.

On the right top edge of the front pattern piece,keep the zipper . On top of that keep the facing piece to the inside, raw edges together.i.e sandwich zipper between facing and fabric edge.  Stitch with a zipper foot along the sides of the zipper, Joining the four layers together. 

Turn facing to the other side . Press in place. Now zipper is joined to front pattern piece. 

 

Step 3

Make the front waist band by folding the waistband piece by half lengthwise. Turn under 1/4 inch from the raw edge inside. Press in place. Stitch one of the sides together by keeping them right sides together. Turn inside out for neat turning.

Pin the waistband to the top edge of the front pattern piece.Open the zipper and keep left side zipper inside the waistband and stitch. leave the other zipper coil. This will go to the other side of shorts.

shorts sewing pattern diy

Step 4

Join the facing and the other coil of zipper to the left side of the back pattern.

Keep the facing piece, on top of that zipper backside up and on top the fabric edge wrong side up.Stitch along the edge.This will create a facing for the zipper so that even if the zipper comes undone your skin will not show.

Now the zipper is attached to both front piece and back piece.

shorts

Step 5

Make a back waistband for elastic by folding the waist band piece by half lengthwise. Turn under 1/4 inch from the raw edge inside. Press in place.

1/2 inch extra should be left at the left edge for turning under after inserting the elastic.

Join to the back piece top edge, by top stitching in place.  Ensure that the facing piece and zipper top along the side of the back pattern is enclosed in the waistband. 

Step 6

Cut an elastic (3/4 inch wide) of length = (waist circumference /2) minus(-)1 inch.Insert the elastic with the help of a pin. Stitch at the edges to keep in place. 

Step 7

Sew the side seam of the shorts from inside, from the bottom edge to the zipper joining. Join the other side seam and inseam of the shorts.

Step 8

Stitch a pant hook and metal bar on the waistbands.

Sew this easy summer shorts pattern and discover a piece of garment you find you cannot do without.