Our newest free sewing pattern is one that you’ll be adding to your sewing list again and again. With a clean silhouette and simple seams, The Eucalyptus Shorts let your fabric take the spotlight. Whip them up in a cotton print like we did for a fun summertime look, or even try a bold mikado! With a whopping sewing time of one hour, I’m a little tempted to make a pair in all 23 shades of Mood’s organic cotton twill to match every shirt in my wardrobe.
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, sew your pocket onto the angled edge of your front shorts panel, like you see below. Fold the pocket bag in half and sew the bottom closed using a French seam. Press and pin pocket into place along the side and top waistline.
Attach your front shorts pieces at the rise using a French seam like you see blow, and repeat with the back panels. Using French seams again, attach the front and back of your shorts at one of the sides and both inseams. (Note: the back panel is slightly longer than the front for fitting purposes as some people prefer long shorts in the back. This can be curved into the side seam or simply cut off altogether based on your preference.)
Create one layer of your waistband by sewing the front and back together at the same side that you’ve already closed on your shorts. (Note: if using a fairly lightweight fabric for your shorts, you may want to interface your waistband pieces first.)
Pin and sew one waistband layer to your shorts, matching up the closed side seams.
Insert your invisible zipper along the open side of your shorts and then sew the remainder of the side seam closed.
Lastly, create your waistband facing and attach it along the very top of your waistband, fabric faces together. Flip it right side out and press, tuck in your raw edges and slip-stitch closed.
Hem the bottom of your shorts and they’re ready to wear!
What kind fabric do you have in mind for your shorts? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to check out the Elaeis Shirt, also available as a free pattern here!