This women's dressy shorts pattern is perfect for all seasons. On top of that, it's also ageless and season-less as long as you choose the right fabric. Please have a look at my fabric recommendation from the Fashion Fabrics Club they appear as four pictures and you might ignore them because you think the pictures are an advertisement.
The fabric that I am using a mix of 50 percent wool and 50 percent cotton. My daughter picked out this fabric at Casa de Tessuto last year while in Rome. This fabric makes an ideal choice for Spring and Autumn. A thicker fabric would be a really cool pair of shorts for winter. My favorite choice would have to be a cotton sateen for summer that will give you a pair of shorts you are sure to use over and over during those hot summer days.
These shorts have two pleats in the front for ease of movement,
two darts in the back to give shape to your behind
and my favorite kind of pockets, slanted pockets to carry just the necessary things or to put your hands inside to strike a pose.
I love these pockets because they do not add bulk to the tummy area, while the pleats help accommodate a bulge should you have one there.
For this project, I have used a different way of finishing the pockets. I hope this technique gives you another useful tool in your pocket-making arsenal.
Also, this project is ideal for those wanting to push their sewing skills a bit further. Also, the shorts are a perfect pair to practice the Hong Kong finish should you find yourself without a serger.
- 1 yard of 60″ wide heavy linen, or cotton twill, or cotton sateen, or plaid wool
- Thread to match
- 1 invisible zipper seven inches long
- Sewing machine
- Hand needle
- Invisible zipper foot
- Regular zipper foot
- Iron and ironing board
Experience Level: Intermediate
Beguinners= You will need details instructions and step by step photographs with video to be able to finish the project.
Confident Beginner: You will need details instruction with photographs to finish the project.
Intermediate= You will need little guidance to put these shorts together.
Advanced Intermediate: Knowledge of most sewing techniques, the ability to manipulate a pattern to fit your body, requires very little guidance.
Advance= You know all sewing techniques, fitting, pattern manipulation and do not require instructions at all just a photo and the pattern to finish a project.
Sewing this women's dressy shorts pattern is quite easy, what makes the project more complicated is the fitting, due to the fact that the zipper is on the side. This means that you have to measure the pattern against your body and decide what size you will be able to fit.
This decision is a personal one, whether you like it on the shorter and tighter side, or with a bit of room to move around depends on your taste.
However, it is always easier to add to a pattern than to take away. Women who perform alterations can tell you that this is a job that is poorly appreciated but that entails a huge amount of detail, skill, and time.
Fabric Recommendations From Fashion Fabrics Club
How To Print Your Women's Dressy Shorts Pattern
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Additional pattern pieces: The waistband is not included in this pattern in order to save paper.
The waistband will have a width of 3″ (7.62cm), the length will depend on the size you are making.
If you have performed any alterations to the pattern using the dart and the pleats, measure the waist, and cut the waistband according to the new measurement.
How To Sew Your Women's Dressy Shorts Pattern
The seam allowance is NOT included in this pattern, for advanced sewists use a 3/8″, for an intermediate a 5/8″. If your fabric ravels like mine use a 5/8″ as you might have a hard time sewing the zipper on.
You will notice in my photos that at one point I have serged all the sides, this is because I am using a fabric that is very easily raveled and I am afraid I will lose so much seam allowance that it will be difficult to sew the zipper.
Step One: Sew The Darts And The Pleats
Please read the following article if you have never sewn a dart or have had trouble sewing one.
The dart and the pleat are folded and iron towards the center or the crotch.
Step Two: Sew The Pockets
Place the front piece of the shorts print side up. Align the pocket lining (marked in your pattern) to the front of the dressy shorts print side down. Sew the pocket maintaining the seam allowance all the way to the edge.
Move the pocket lining away from the front piece including the seam allowance and iron. Once you have ironed the pocket lining together with the seam allowance, topstitch to make the pocket opening lay flat.
Turn the pocket to the wrong side of the shorts and iron. Make sure the lining is not seen on the top.
Join the pocket backing with the pocket lining. Use the pattern as a reference to place the front of the shorts over the pocket backing and pin together. This is how your shorts should look like so far.
Looking at your pattern, you next will have to sew the pocket lining so that the pocket backing closed.
Baste from the pocket to the center seam.
Step Three: Sewing The Front And Back Sides
Sew the fronts together from the waist to the beginning of the curve.
Place the backs print facing each other, sew from the waist to the beginning of the curve of the crotch.
Join from and back together and sew the right sides only.
Step Four: Adding The Waistband
Measure the waistband of your shorts. Cut the waistband the length of the measurement you just took and for the width have 3 1/4″ wide plus your seam allowance. Mine is 4″s wide and as long as the waistband of my shorts. I have adjusted the shorts to my daughter's waist but I am using the smaller size.
Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and iron. Iron the seam allowance of one of the sides, this will make it easier to finish sewing the waistband to the shorts.
Print sides facing each other, sew the waistband around the waist.
Step Four: Sew The Zipper And The Waistband
Place the head of the zipper 1/4″ from the center (the crease left by the iron when you folded the waistband lengthwise).
Here seen from a different angle.
Turn the waistband at the end and remember to keep the edge folded, then sew as close as you can get to the zipper.
Turn the waistband right side out and sew using either the stitch in the ditch on the right side of the shorts or using a running stitch with a needle and thread.
Finish sewing the side of the shorts.
Iron the seam allowance open and serge the hem.
Finally, sew the hem. I chose to finish the hem by hand because in a future post I'll be using these shorts to show you different ways to hem a garment and how to add a cuff. In hindsight, I wish I would have added a pair of cuffs to these women's shorts pattern to make them more elegant.
Would you like a bigger pair of shorts with cuffs? Try this three-part sew-along.
I hope you've enjoyed this women's dressy shorts pattern. Let me know in the comments below what type of fabric you used and how it turned out. Feel free to post your work on Instagram and tag us using #soseweasyoffical.
And, Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!
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