Dressy Shorts Pattern for Women – Ideal for All Ages and All Seasons | So sew easily

model of dressy shorts for women

This model of women’s dress shorts is perfect for all seasons. On top of that, it’s also timeless and seasonless, as long as you choose the right fabric. Please see my fabric recommendation from Fashion Fabric Club They appear as four images and you can ignore them because you think the images are an advertisement.

The fabric I use is a blend of 50 percent wool and 50 percent cotton. My daughter chose this fabric from House of Tessuto last year, while I was in Rome. This fabric is an ideal choice for spring and fall. A thicker fabric would be really cool shorts for winter. My favorite choice would be a cotton sateen for summer which will give you shorts that you are sure to use again and again during hot summer days.

These shorts have two pleats on the front to facilitate movement,

two darts in the back to give shape to your buttocks

and my favorite type of pockets, slanted pockets to carry just what you need or to put your hands inside to strike a pose.

I love these pockets because they don’t add bulk to the tummy area, while the pleats help accommodate a bulge if you have one.

For this project I used a different way of finishing the pockets. I hope this technique gives you another useful tool in your pocket creation arsenal.

Plus, this project is ideal for those who want to take their sewing skills a little further. Plus, the shorts make a perfect pair for practicing Hong Kong finishing if you find yourself without a serger.


  • 1 yard of 60″ wide heavy linen, or cotton twill, or cotton sateen, or plaid wool
  • Corresponding subject
  • 1 invisible zipper, seven inches long


  • Sewing machine
  • Hand needle
  • Invisible zipper foot
  • Regular zipper foot
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins

Experience Level: Intermediate

Beginners => You will need detailed instructions and step-by-step photographs with video to be able to complete the project.

Confident beginner: You will need detailed instructions with photographs to complete 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 the techniques of sewing, fitting, pattern manipulation and do not need any instructions, just a photo and the pattern to complete a project.

Sewing this women’s dress shorts pattern is quite simple, what makes the project more complicated is the fitting, due to the fact that the zipper is on the side. This means you need to measure the pattern against your body and decide what size you will be able to fit.

This decision is personal, whether you like it on the shorter, tighter side, or with a little room to move around, depends on your taste.

However, it is always easier to add to a template than to subtract from it. Women who do alterations can tell you that it’s a job that’s underappreciated but requires a lot of detail, skill and time.

Additional Resources:

How to sew darts

Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric

Fabric Recommendations

How to print the pattern for your women’s dress shorts

To use Adobe Reader to download and print the pattern. Print on Landscape and use the Current size setting. Don’t scale at all.

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Pattern Layout

model of dressy shorts for women

Additional pattern pieces: The belt is not included in this pattern to save paper.

The belt will have a width of 3″ (7.62 cm)the length will depend on the size you make.

If you modified the pattern using the dart and pleats, measure the waist and cut the waistband according to the new measurement.

Body measurements

Size Size Hips Length
S 26 36 14
M 28 38 14
L 30 40 14 1/4
XL 32 42 14 1/2

How to sew a women’s dress shorts pattern

The seam allowance is NOT included in this pattern, for advanced seamstresses use 3/8″, for intermediate use 5/8″. If your fabric frays like mine, use a 5/8″ because you may have trouble sewing the zipper.

You will notice in my photos that at one point I overcast all sides, this is because I am using a fabric that frays very easily and I am afraid of losing so much seam allowance that it will be difficult to sew the zipper. .

First step: sew the darts and pleats

Please read the following article if you have never sewn a dart or have had difficulty sewing one.

The dart and pleat are folded and ironed towards the center or crotch.

Second step: sew the pockets

Place the front of the shorts side to be printed facing up. Line it up pocket lining (marked in your pattern) on the front of the dress shorts printed side down. Sew the pocket, keeping the seam allowance to the edge.

Pull the pocket lining away from the front, including the seam allowance and iron. Once you have ironed the pocket lining and the seam allowance, topstitch so that the pocket opening lies flat.

Turn the pocket over to the wrong side of the shorts and iron. Make sure the lining is not visible on top.

Join the back of the pocket to the pocket lining. Use the pattern as a reference to place the front of the shorts on the back of the pocket and pin together. This is what your shorts should look like so far.

Looking at your pattern, you will then need to sew the pocket lining so that the back of the pocket is closed.

Baste from the pocket to the center seam.

Step Three: Sew the Front and Back Sides

Sew the fronts together from the waistline to the beginning of the curve.

Place the prints back to face, sew from the waist to the start of the crotch curve.

Join them together and sew only the right sides.

Step Four: Add the Belt

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″ wide and as long as the waistband of my shorts. I adjusted the shorts to my daughter’s size but use the smallest size.

Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and iron. Iron the seam allowance on one side, this will make it easier to finish the seam from the waistband to the shorts.

Print sides facing each other, sew the belt around the waist.

Step Four: Sew the Zipper and Belt

Place the zipper head 1/4″ from the center (the crease left by the iron when you folded the belt lengthwise).

Here seen from another angle.

Turn the waistband over at the end and remember to keep the folded edge, then sew as close to the zipper as possible.

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 and overlock the hem.

Finally, sew the hem. I chose to finish the hem by hand because in a future article I will use these shorts to show you different ways to hem a garment and how to add a cuff. Looking back, I would have liked to add a pair of cuffs to the pattern of these women’s shorts to make them more elegant.

Would you like larger shorts with cuffs? Try this three-part seam.

I hope you enjoyed this model of dressy shorts for women. 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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