Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew-Along – Part One

walking shorts patternWe've had so many requests for this over the last few weeks.  This walking shorts pattern is the perfect opportunity for you guys to make the shorts many of you requested after we published a compilation of shorts for women and children a few weeks ago.  In that post, there were many types of shorts, with some of them being very short.  These are not that short and even if you find them too short I will show you how to make them longer.  Which is why we are going to start from fitting the pattern than sewing first.

We will go through the procedure –making the patch pockets, sewing darts, sewing a fly front zipper, attaching a facing with a fly front zipper and finally hemming the shorts.  In addition to all this, I will be showing you how to transform this pattern into lovely palazzo pants in a different tutorial.

You will find the hips rather large, this is because of the many ladies who kindly sent their measurements, which means this shorts will look best on hour-glass, and triangle-shaped women.

walking shorts patternI'm naming these shorts “on a stroll” because that is what most of you wanted.  Just a pair of shorts to go walking around, hang around the house, do gardening and still look good and age appropriate.  These walking shorts have four pockets, two slant pockets in the front and two unlined patch pockets in the back.

This is the first part of a three-part sew along.  In this part, we will be fitting the pattern to your own body size and shape as well as attaching the unlined patch pockets.  In Part Two, we will be making the front slant pockets and sewing the zipper.  We'll release that within the next weeks.  In the third and final part, we will be attaching a facing to the zipper and hemming the walking shorts.

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Skill Level:  Advance beginner to intermediate who knows how to use a sewing machine has made a few skirts and knows how to sew a zipper and make a buttonhole using a sewing machine.  This project is for people interested in learning pattern making alterations to fit patterns to their own body.

Warning this pattern is not for everybody, it is for ladies with wider hips who do not want a skin-tight garment.  This sew along requires patience and willingness to try something different.  It is not a quick and easy DIY project.

Materials

Recommended fabrics:


Finished measurements:

Size Waist Hips Length
S 28″ (71cm) 56″   (142 cm) 14″            (35.6 cm)
M 33 1/2″ (85cm) 59″   (150cm) 14  3/4″   (37.5 cm)
L 37″  (94 cm) 63″  (160cm) 15 1/4″     (38.7 cm)
XL 41″  (104) 67″  (170cm)  15  3/4″   (40  cm)

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Pattern layout:

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Fitting the walking shorts pattern

Measure your lower body to determine which size you need.  Choose a size closer to your hips, if you have to choose between a larger or smaller size choose the smaller size.  It is always easier to enlarge a pattern than making it smaller.  However, if your thighs are the larger part of your body, choose the larger size.

You will need the following measurements:

  • Waist (bend your body and measure exactly where the waist bends)
  • Hips (wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bottom)
  • Thigh (measure the thicker part of the thigh)
  • Crotch (wrap the measuring tape from the belly button between your legs and towards the back stopping at the waist)

Making the crotch larger

The first thing you need to do is to eliminate the seam allowance in the front pockets and the hemline.  We will add them back on when is time to true up the pattern.

How to measure the crotch on your pattern.  Place both front and back patterns side by side.  Crotch facing each other. Using your tape measure, measure from the back crotch to the front.

Compare these measurements to your own.   The most accurate way to measure your own crotch is to wrap a piece of elastic or ribbon around your waist (where you want the shorts to sit) without the waistband.  Measure using the tape from the front to the back.

You will need to increase the crotch to accommodate a larger tummy.
Cut the pattern in half and tape the top part to a large piece of paper.  Slide the bottom part the amount you need according to your body measurements.  For example, if you need to increase by 4″ divide this amount in 2 (front and back).
Retrace the new lines and lower the crotch line 1 ” down.Repeat this procedure on the front part.  However, because we have a slant pocket you will need to increase the top of the pocket so it will be the same size as the front.  Do notice the pockets already have a 5/8″ seam allowance.

How to increase the waist

The following procedure is to increase the waist up to 6″.  Divide the measurement you need in four.  Mark the pattern with the amount you need on each side of the pattern.

Use the first line to use it to pivot the pattern using an awl or a pin. Retrace the new pattern.  This way you increase the waist, not the leg size.

How to decrease the width of the thighs

The crotch is too large and legs are too wide?  The following will reduce the width of the shorts up to 5 .5″ at the thigh and 2″ off the crotch, in total.  Adjust this according to your needs.  The simplest way is to reduce the crotch by cutting away more in the back than the front.  Trace the amount you need to cut away.  The back is always wider than the front and you can reduce it to be just 1″ bigger than the front.   Warning:  keep in mind this will reduce the crotch.

There is an advance method to reduce the width of the pattern at the legs, folding the pleats all the way down and adding them back on.  This technique is best used after you have done the mock up Because you need to know how the walking shorts fit on your body first.

Please note:

Before you cut the mock up eliminate the hem from the pattern.  We will add it back again and we true up the pattern.

 

Add seam allowance to the pattern.  On a woven project, 5/8″ is the best, because it allows you to make alterations to the finished project if you need to.  However, if you have already made alterations to your pattern use a 3/8″ seam allowance.    I'd recommend using an inexpensive fabric to make the first mockup.

How to make the shorts

The first thing you need to do is to wash and dry the fabric.  Iron and cut the fabric.  Attach fusible interfacing to the zipper facing and the opening of the front pockets.

Step One: Sew the back dart

Sew the two darts at the back and press them using a pressing ham toward the center back.Fitting the back darts:

When you try your first mock-up you might find the darts a little too short or have a dimple at the end. . . if this is your case, you will need to lengthen the darts by 1/2″ to 1″ longer depending on your body.

Step Two:  Sew the patch pockets

Follow this tutorial for a perfect patch pocket.

I hope you enjoyed this first part of our three-part sew along for making this walking shorts pattern.  If you have any questions about fitting, please leave them in the comments below and I'll answer them before we move on to Part Two later in the week.

Until next time and happy sewing!

Walking Shorts Sew Along –Part Two: Slant Pocket and Zipper

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Linda Edmonds
Linda Edmonds

I just got this going to print it out soon, I am excited that you show how to alter it to your size as I am all over the place in sizes. I Love these type of shorts my only problem is my job frowns on any thing less than knee length…I am hoping I can just add length with no problem!

Sue Etherington
Sue Etherington
Reply to  Linda Edmonds

Linda glad you asked that. I prefer knee length myself so ill be looking to do the same. I tend to use old duvet covers for my mock ups rather than buying calico, it’s worked for dresses. Really looking forward to thus as I’ve only made pj bottoms before and would live to do shortscand trousers.

Colleen
Colleen

Hi there!

I love these shorts, and can’t wait to get started on them. Thank you for sharing. I’ve traced my pattern, and added the seam allowance, but I am struggling with understanding how to increase the waist. My waist is 85cm and my hips 102cm. I’ve selected the S size, but need to increase the waist. I’ve divided my waist measurement by 4 (21.25cm). The existing pattern is 71cm divided by 4 (17.75). The difference is 3.5cm. Do I add 3.5cm to each side of the back only, so in total the back increases by 14cm? If this is correct, then when I pivot the pattern from the 1st line to the waist edge, the angle of the line is not right. Do I continue the line further down the outside leg and crotch edges? I don’t think I can add to the front edges because of the slanted pocket edge and zipper flap?

I’d really appreciate your help on this point.

Colleen
Colleen
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you for your reply. I’ve made these shorts, and absolutely love them. Great fit and VERY comfortable, with easy to follow instructions.

Ellie Swanson
Ellie Swanson

Love these shorts! Just wondering if the hip measurements are typos though. I have a 30″ waist and a 39″ hip. can I narrow the hip that much or should I choose a different pattern? Thanks for your help!

mariasilva22
mariasilva22

Finally i got it. thank you very much Mayra

jignov
jignov

Wow… very useful information you have shared.

Cheryl Carr
Cheryl Carr

It is unclear if the pattern includes the seam allowance of not. Can you please clarify?

Irene olsen
Irene olsen

im excited! this sounds like a great fitting pattern!

Patricia
Patricia
Reply to  Irene olsen

These are nice shorts. Can men wear these shorts with a few changes?

Maria Silva
Maria Silva

GREAT PATTERN. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.I WAS EXCITED TO HAVE THE FREE PATTERN BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG AND Y COUDN’T GET IT
IS THERE SOMETHING TO BE DONE?

THANK YOU

mariasilva22
mariasilva22
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Hi Mayra
Thank you very much for your help.
Like Nick ( JULY 28, 2019 AT 10:13 AM) I still could not download this pattern. May be lots of downloads . I’ve just download Camisole Top Pattern (18/08/2019) without any trouble
No pop blocker
Anyway thank you again

maria silva
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you. I’ll come for it again latter

Cheryl Duncan
Cheryl Duncan

I love the look of these shorts. They look so comfortable. Would you be able to adapt the pattern for a more straight or boxy shape? I have a 45″ waist & 47″ hips. Could one of these sizes be adapted to me?

Pam Clark
Pam Clark

PS. Love that pattern. I have the perfect fabric for it in my stash right now.

Pam Clark
Pam Clark

Just one question. I realize the waist measurement should be quite close to our actual measurement, but how much ease should we allow for the hip? I’m thinking a little more than rather than less cause these are to be loose fitting? Thanks, Pam

Sweet Sue 485
Sweet Sue 485

When I go to the pattern download page, it comes up blank and will not load.

Annette Arensbak
Annette Arensbak

Very nice tutorial i would like to try out?
Is the pattern with 5/8 seam allowance all over?

I understand the crotch measuring on me and on the pattern.

“Cut the pattern in half and tape the top part to a large piece of paper. Slide the bottom part the amount you need according to your body measurements. For example, if you need to increase by 4″ divide this amount in 2 (front and back).
Retrace the new lines and lower the crotch line 1 ” down.Repeat this procedure on the front part.”
Q:
Am i sliding the bottom part 2 inches and lower the croth line 1 inch OR sliding the bottom part 1 inch and lower crotchline 1 inch???

The waist measuring i dont understand. Should i compare my messuring to the pattern minus the seam allowances? Or to the meassures in the table of finished meassurements?

I dont understand the increasing of Waist. The pictures shows pivoting but nothing is increased at the waist as i see. The sideseam is lifted ?

Ceil
Ceil

I’d really like to eliminate the zipper and fly and have an elastic waist instead. I know everyone wants something added or subtracted but I think that will make these more useful.

Lara Cottrill
Lara Cottrill

Love these-can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

nick
nick

Hi, I’m in the UK and having problems with the pattern download. I’ve downloaded a couple of your patterns before (from the new site) and had no problems. But this time I seem to get stuck on the page : https://shop.mybluprint.com/sewing/patterns/walking-shorts/499546?SSAID=1217208&sscid=71k3_rl56g&sasClickId=71k3_rl56g&cr_linkid=ShareASale_Banner_ShareASale&cr_maid=46579&cr_source=ShareASale&cr_medium=ShareASale

with the line at the bottom showing https://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy ???

With our current mini-heatwave these shorts could be a godsend … please help.
Best wishes, Nick

Terry H
Terry H

This is awesome! Thank you!!

Donna Bardwell
Donna Bardwell

I am going to give this a try. The alteration instructions are very good. Thanks

Dana Dewey
Dana Dewey

Hi, Mayra: I printed this pattern last year, and I’m now ready to get started. I thought I read somewhere that you would publish how to add a cuff. You may have done so and I just haven’t seen it. I love cuffs because it helps shorts hang better. Love your patterns and creativity!
Dana

MJ
MJ

“The first thing you need to do is to eliminate the seam allowance in the front pockets and the hemline. We will add them back on when is time to true up the pattern.”

Not clear on this step. Why are we talking about the front pocket and hemline in a discussion about increasing the crotch length?

Tasha
Tasha

Hi Guys,

Love this but cannot find link for part 3 – please help.

So Sew Easy
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Reply to  Tasha

Hi Tasha, sorry for the confusion there. Here’s the link: https://so-sew-easy.com/how-to-sew-a-waistband-fly-front-zipper/

I’ll put some more links and instructions in each section to make it easier to follow along.

EM on LI
EM on LI

Just finished making the shorts, and they fit perfectly! Had a little trouble with the zipper fly at first, have been out of sewing practice for a while, but figured it out. They came out great, and will be making another pair soon. Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial!

vivian moreau

The pattern and instructions look great, but when I went to download it I was asked to install some software on my computer. I’m not comfortable with that so unfortunately won’t be making these great looking shorts. You might consider a simpler way for customers to download.

So Sew Easy
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Reply to  vivian moreau

Hi Vivian, our patterns are all hosted on Craftsy and there is no software to install other than needing Adobe Reader to properly print the pattern. Perhaps you clicked on the wrong link? The link is in the gray box with an orange button. Please give it another try.

Susan
Susan

I saw mention of a Braeline pattern for golf. Where do I find it? Thank you!

Beverley Potter
Beverley Potter

Can you tell me when Part two and the video will be out? Sorry I’m so impatient, i really really want to get started.

Kelly Pilkinton
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Hi Mayra! I can’t figure out how to get to Part 2. I keep thinking it will be a link on the Part 1 page, or a new email update. I keep checking the website; but I don’t see a link anywhere. Is there a hyperlink somewhere that I’m just missing? I’ll admit that I’m not super computer savvy; so I’m sure that problem is from my end. I want very much to keep following along with all of your wonderful alteration advice. This pattern is so cute. It reminds me of a favorite pair of shorts that I had as a teenager. ? Thanks for all the work that you have done to share this project. I appreciate it very much.

So Sew Easy
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Hi Kelly, I still need to link it, which I will do. In any case, here’s the link: https://so-sew-easy.com/how-to-sew-slant-pocket/

Maryke
Maryke

Hi Mayra I can hardly wait to get started on the shorts, I hope it is as easy as your braeline pattern which is just great for golfing in the summer months in Spain as these walking shorts will be.
You are a great teacher.

judy
judy

really looking forward to the video and part two , and getting started on these really cute shorts !!

judy
judy

just to clarify , the seam allowance needs to be added to pockets too? or just the body of the shorts?

flyingsofa
flyingsofa

Thank You.

Marie
Marie

Thank you ! I love the pattern. exactly what I needed because none of my old patterns fit me anymore, they have been cut to many timesand my body I still change as we get older (74) we go through transformation me at least . I am dying for the rest……What kind of waist band will it be done?

flyingsofa
flyingsofa

Hello Mayra, this section about adjusting patterns is so helpfull! now I just wait on how to measure the crotch of your pattern so I can start altering.

Eileen Greenhaus
Eileen Greenhaus

Thank you Mayra! I am looking forward to doing this! Got my pattern printed out and ready to go!

jlpbowen

Just to clarify-the crotch and the waist would both need to be altered to accommodate a larger tummy? Is the waist increase the only measurement that needs to be divided by four? I assume since the crotch is a length alteration, it would not? Thanks for your help. You are doing such a wonderful job with all the tutorials.

jlpbowen
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you!

Barbara
Barbara

Luv the turquoise fabric you chose for the shorts… any idea on where you purchased it? Would love to buy some myself! Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m always looking for comfortable clothes that look super cute… and these fit the bill!

Lois F Pendleberry
Lois F Pendleberry

I love this pattern and am anxious to get it made, however I am wondering how difficult it would be to make it into a Skort? Any help would be appreciated.

Lois F Pendleberry
Lois F Pendleberry
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you so much for your reply. I was thinking I could cut out the shorts then cut the skirt from the same pattern making it flare out and sewing the zipper and placket on both fabrics at the same time.

Tracy Cummins
Tracy Cummins
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

I have a couple of commercially made skorts. The shorts underneath have a zipper-less fly with a clean finish front and a fly facing behind. The shorts are a little shorter than the skirt. The waistband was applied with the skirt and shorts being treated as one.

Wendy Cookson
Wendy Cookson

Where can i find the tutorial for the whole pattern and not just part 1 of the sew along, i wanted to make a mock up to see what needs altering. Great pattern!

Jacqui Dowgill

Hi! can I make this pattern a lot longer in the leg? I have had knee replacements and need to keep the scars covered in the sun. Do I just make the leg longer and taper the leg, or do I need another pattern entirely. Love your tutorials even though I have been sewing for ever thank you

Beverley Potter
Beverley Potter

Hi I am really looking forward to doing this sew along. I can sew but relatively new to making clothes. I am confused by the measurements . My Waist is 44 hips 53 thigh is 27 crotch is 30 . Whichsize should I choose L or XL How much should I increase the crotch by.