But you could probably go up to a size 4 and use the size 3 elastic if that makes sense.
The only issue I have left is the mesuring …do you know where I can find translation of every thing in cm meter? Thanks again and I will send the pics from Paris. Less excited about the pro-Terry McAuliffe political ads on your sidebar. I know this must have taken a great deal of work. Your children are gorgeous, TFS.
We just need some of your weather downloading to London… Well done you are an inspiration! Love this pattern and fun options! Your kiddos are quite trim…. My kids are on the skinnier side mostly my older daughter so I typically sew down a size for her. The 12m, 18m, and 2 year old sizes are meant to fit over a disposable diaper. The size 3 is meant for a potty trained child. But you could probably go up to a size 4 and use the size 3 elastic if that makes sense. Hope this answers your question!
I am so excited about this pattern!!! When I first started sewing, two years ago, I kept coming back to your blog for instructions and tips. You helped me quite a lot!
Do you think this pattern would fit a skinny 11 yr old? I only recently discovered your website and I love it! I just finished a couple of the super easy skirts! Do you ever do sizes up to misses or misses petites or, even better, misses petites plus?
Meanwhile my little two get the advantage of all the sewing I am doing. Thanks for stopping by Annie! Sorry I only offer these current kids sizes. Hopefully you can use them for your other kids! Do they not need to be finished?
I just see other people doing it in their tutorials but never an explanation of why or when it would be necessary. Woven fabrics will always fray knit fabrics will not , but depending on how tight the weave is, some fabrics will fray more than others. Options you have for finishing the seams are: You can use a serger to sew them instead of using a standard sewing machine. OR, you can sew with your sewing machine first to make sure there are no mistakes, or spots you need to fix with a seam ripper and then serge off the seam edges this is what I prefer actually.
Typically I finish off my seams with a serger. But while creating this pattern, I purposely did not use a serger, nor did I finish off my seams on about 15 pairs of shorts that I sewed for my kids. I did this so I could create them just as the average beginner sewer would be making them. I may stop using my serger! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question, Dana!! Your information is fabulous, as always! She has such a small waist closer to a 12 month old size , but is still tall and needs the length of a typical 2 year old.
It has given me the knowledge and confidence to actually make things for my kiddo!! Is that about right? But in the mean time, you can reference this post: Dana, you kill me! I love this pattern! Just started 4 pairs of these last night — really intuitive pattern, so far coming together really well and I greatly appreciate that there are sizes for bigger kids!
Even thought I own shorts patterns already, I am still going to get yours!! I love the fit and options. What a great pattern — fantastic that you have included all those sizes, I could sew them for my 1 year old, 4 year old, and 6 year old, and still have sizes for when they are bigger!
Hi, I made the 18 month pattern and is seems small. I would like to put in the pockets and the pattern does not seem to have directions printed. I may be missing something!!
Quick question, I have a 10 year old that is very tall and I generally buy a size larger shorts with the elastic adjustable waist option.
Do you have any suggestions for how I could use your pattern since it stops at size ten? I am a beginner FYI so please be gentle hahaha! I do have a MIL and mom who sew though so help is available Thank you so much!! Hi Jean, You could try to extend the pattern lines a bit….
I would use a pair of shorts your son currently has as your sizing gauge. Turn them inside out and lay them over the pattern piece so you can see how far and where you should extend things. And would be a fun way to push your skills. I am over the moon with your patterns!!!! I am not a beginner- I am useless and these shorts have been my first piece I have sewn.
My four year old one has worn them all the time, she really loves them and I love the fact that I can sew something! Thanks ever so much. Thanks for sharing Cati! Im stoked to make my boys some shorts. Any chance you could pretty please resend it to the other email for me? I was hoping to get some shorts whipped out this week! Thanks so much, and sorry for the inconvenience! Just bought this pattern and sewed up my first pair tonight. Thank you for such a fun versatile pattern.
I have been reading your blog for a few years and just wanted to say thank you. You inspire me to create! Super ez for a newbie like me. I just bought a new pattern from another site hoping to get a larger size, but in that pattern both sides are the same, and the construction is different, seemingly more complicated than yours.
I should have saved my money on that purchase and just asked you from the get-go…. The shorts look fabulous and fit really nicely. Is it OK to publish a link to your pattern with one picture on my blog? Hi Dana, Your patterns are amazing! Can you tell me if this pattern would work for knit fabric? The racer shorts turned out better for me because the side seams take up less seam allowance, I guess?
The basic short is small, and what really confused me is that on the basic, the elastic is basically the same size as the fabric on the waist so there is very little gathering. I am so not complaining or anything — I am just trying to figure out if I have sewn it wrong, or if I should just size him up?
Any inklings about whats going on or what I may have done wrong? I am going to have to control myself from making a new pair every day! The gathering around the waistband is not severe, which I prefer because it almost makes the shorts look more flat front, without even having a flat front.
The seam allowance is correct. The waist and leg openings are fine, they just kind of get stuck at the top of his thighs. I will just size up for him next time! You really put a lot of work into this, and the cost is a steal! I have to look and see if I have a Paypal account set up because I think I need these shorts! I LOVE your tutorials! Love the pattern by the way!
I especially like the flat front with front pockets… I made the 3y size for my 2y7m old niece she is very tall and they look great on her even with a pull-up on, despite the 3y plus patterns not being designed for potty-trained. I also had a go at making a few variations, including back patch pockets and side panels, which I have included on my blog of course, giving your fabulous tutorials and website lots of mentions and links!
Im a newbie and this pattern is really really clear and easy to follow. My kids are gonna love it! I had never made anything with a pattern before but this was really easy.
This pattern is great! My three boys love their new racer shorts. I found a great dark blue fabric with sharks and surfers printed on. Greatings from Germany Rike. Any plans to add a tutorial on lengthening the shorts to pants? Anyone outside the US bought the pattern?
I love the look of it but I bought a downloadable US pattern a few months ago not from you Dana and when I printed it on our standard A4 paper I ran into trouble. Would like to hear some positive experiences before buying. These shorts look like the perfect item for my girls, I am tired of the ridiculously short ones in the stores these days. What do you suggest? Would making the size bigger work or would I need to go 2 sizes bigger.
Is it a PDF? I used this pattern four times, twice adapting it to make pants one of which I added those button straps to roll up the legs , and only used upcycled fabrics. Twice I used sheet scraps, once a button-down shirt and once a thrifted t-shirt.
I wrote three blog posts about how I used the pattern do you believe me now that I really do love it?! Has anyone else had trouble matching up the lines on the back pattern piece for months?
Hi, I am just wondering if there are any instructions on the back pockets coming anytime soon? Love the pattern, and would really love to add back pockets….
A big thanks already for your fun pdf and online help! Hi Dana, Just downloaded the shorts pattern. Thanks for the great instructions! ThaNks for putting out this fantastic pattern, Dana! I made my first pair for my son turning 1 and love them. I love these shorts! I like to know if you can use these short patterns to make trousers as well for the various sizes you have. You can definitely turn these into pants…. Use a pair of pants your child already has to gauge the length.
The shorts come in sizes 12 months to 10 years. These are so cute. And thank God, my picky skirt-wearer agrees too. I just bought the pattern and I am thrilled to try it out. What type of fabric did you use for the orange pair? It looks really thick! And the plain orange and white? Where did you find them? Please is there another way I could buy this pattern? My granddaughter is just a little peanut!
I am wanting to buy this pattern I will when I am done commenting but I am curious if you have instructions on matching the pattern of the fabric at the seams? Like when you have the gingham shorts and the boxes match up at the front? I want to know how to do that part. You just need to cut the pattern pieces on the same line of the fabric to make the pieces match…..
I was wondering if these can be made in knit? I am sure someone has already asked, but there are so many comments…Thanks! Hi Dana, Do you have any suggestions for making these shorts lined or reversible? I am from Brighton, in Britain. I found the pattern ran a little smaller than average, but your measurement chart was spot on so I just made the larger sizes age for my 4 year old, and age 6 for my 2 year old!
Here are some pics of the strawberry shorts I made our littlest girl: Well Dana, you made my day again. This pattern is exactly what I was looking for! Do you think I could add a contrasting ruffle on the hem of these shorts?
Any pointers as to how to do that? That would be really fun! I would just sew the ruffle to the hem with right sides together and then top stitch the ruffle so it lays flat.
I have made 4 pairs of shorts in sizes 2 and 3y in both flat front and regular girls regular hem length. The crotch seam regularly does NOT line up correctly. Meaning there is more fabric on the each end near the leg holes.
What am I doing wrong? No one else seems to be having this problem. I can send you a picture if it helps. The rise, or crotch area, of the front and back are different sizes so that you have more room in the back for a bum. I have been searching for a cute pair of shorts for my son but this has options for my daughters, too! I especially love Jen D.
Is a Kid-Pants all-sizes pattern going to be available? I paid for this pattern and downloaded it but its not opening properly, is there something else I need to do? Hi Dana, I purchased your shorts pattern a fair while ago and my computer recently crashed- my patterns subsequently lost forever.
Any chance you could please resend it please? So glad I decided to take a peek at the kid shorts pattern page! I want to make my daughter some new school uniform pants and I made them pj pants for Christmas which they all loved.
However, I figured they should be a little more tailored for school pants. Enter the Kid Shorts pattern!!! Especially important since the alternative is skirts and it is way too crazy cold out for that! Hi Dana, I am just wondering where I went wrong with the shorts pattern of yours?
My daughters waist size! The elastic is great but the shorts are skin tight on my daughter. Do you have more information on hip sizing and ease on the pattern so that the shorts look more like the ones that you have made for your kids? I look forward to your reply. Hi Dana, I am looking forward to hearing from you regarding the shorts fit. I want to make another pair for my daughter. I really had to search for the correct seam allowance I was meant to use and eventually found that mentioned on one of your tutorials.
Please help me work out the size shorts I should be cutting out! I want to make her some PJ shorts and some Flat front shorts and she really love the scallop hem shorts! I love your site, it has some amazing inspiration!
I also want her to learn to sew so if things she makes do not fit her then she will lose heart! Thank you in advance for your time! I should add that I live in south Florida so we are in 84 degrees out today. Now that Spring is on its way we will soon have them to buy. It seems that every year, I find pieces in there that either don't fit or are no longer my favorite, so that means going out and adding to my collection. I also find that it is often hard to find a good pair of shorts that fit just the way you want them to.
If you have any skills on a sewing machine at all, you might enjoy making your own! Here are 10 free shorts patterns for women.
They look fun and would be great casual or dressed up. Jimmy Shorts from Fine Motor Skills are great for dressing up on a nice summer evening. They have pleats in the front and would look great made from a variety of fabrics. The template and detailed tutorial make it easy to adapt to different sizes, and there is even a version for kids! Anna Evers are great to make several pairs from. They are a great basic shorts pattern for any outfit this summer.
We carry a terrific selection of pants and shorts patterns for many tastes and climates. Most patterns are multi-sized, so you can customize the pattern to fit your shape better. SUMMER SHORTS PATTERN (free download HERE) * IMPORTANT: To print this pattern you must print it on a large scale format printer (the doc. measures are cm x 50cm) Download the PDF document and visualize it on your screen at % before printing. Here are 10 free shorts patterns for women to expand your summer wardrobe! Shorts season is here, and I always get excited to pull out my warm weather wardrobe and start updating it for the new season.