Whether you’re super into shorts or not, in some climates, they’re a must for summer. Shorts are perfect for testing pants patterns (and many patterns include them as an option), they don’t often require a large amount of fabric and you can likely sew a pair from your stash. Plus, they’re perfect in a variety of fabrics, from sporty knits to structured twill to softer canvas, linen and more.
They might not be the most glamorous thing in your wardrobe – though some are surprisingly sophisticated – but if they’ll get worn and/or you need a pair for warm weather, that’s reason enough to sew them. Read on for more about our favorite shorts sewing patterns. Any of your favorites not on the list? Please add them in the comments!
If you’re headed to the beach, or lucky enough to live there, breezy linen shorts might be your best bet.
No secret that we’re a big fan of the Emerson Crop Pants by True Bias (see our recent sew along!). The shorts version of this pattern is lovely – chic and comfy like the pants, with plenty of hem length options and room for full leg movement, perfect for hikes, yardwork and dance battles, should the need arise. So much love for the flat front/elastic back waistband!
For something a bit more fitted and structured, give the Oceanside Shorts by Blank Slate Patterns a go. This pattern features an ingenious waist tie (that actually works and is comfy too!), a slight paperbag waist effect and cute fold-down pockets for slight safari vibes.
If you’re into high waisted looks, give the Lander Shorts by True Bias a go! This design is fitted through the waist and hip, and the button fly and utility-style pockets are is a nice style point (though there’s an expansion pack option with a zipper fly!).
For a straight-cut, chino style, you’ve got options, from the classy Alphi Chino Shorts by Named Clothing to the classic Chi-Town Chinos by Alina Sewing & Design. In the structured category, we’re also a big fan of the look-good-in-every fabric Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studio.
Is yardwork a sport? Either way (please say yes!), shorts with a slightly sporty cut will serve you well this summer.
I love the Made with Moxie Prefontaine Shorts. Sew these up in woven or knit for a variety of looks, from super sporty to casual errands Saturday. And pockets. Pockets!
For a truly sport option, as in for running, try the marathon-tested Threshold Shorts by Fehr Trade. These shorts come with many options built-in, including three pocket versions and running undies that can be attached to the shorts waistband for maximum comfort over long distances.