Chi-Town Chinos by Alina Design Co.

Mid-rise, semi-fitted shorts or mini skirt with front slash and back patch pockets.

Pattern: Chi-Town Chinos
Designer: Alina Design Co.
Categories: Shorts, Mini Skirts
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics: Wovens, Chambray, Corduroy, Denim, Linen, Twill, Chino, Wool
required fabric: 1 to 15/8 yards
Sizes: 0 - 18
Digital Sewing Pattern$15.00
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The Chi-Town Chinos Pattern by Alina Design Co. is a mid-rise easy fitting short and skirt pattern that falls straight through the hip and leg ending at the mid-thigh. Both versions feature side pockets with facings, a faced waistband, and optional back pockets. Back pockets come in two variations angled and curved with optional pocket flaps.

Practice inserting a zipper with this pattern, choosing between a button hole closure at the waistband or a hook and eye for the closure. Detailed instructions on more advanced sewing techniques are also included in this pattern.

Sew your Chi-Town Chinos shorts in a neutral twill and pair them with boat shoes and a chambray button up for a day outside. Wear the skirt with a cropped sweater for a chillier weather.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Letter (8.5in x 11in) or A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included: 6
Total Number of Pages: 75
Copy Shop Version Included: Yes
Pattern uses layers to select size: Yes

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Waist242526272829 1/23132 1/234 1/236 1/2
Hips343536373839 1/24142 1/244 1/246 1/2

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Hips363738394041 1/24344 1/246 1/248 1/2
Front Rise - View A6 1/46 3/86 1/26 5/86 3/46 7/877 1/47 1/27 3/4
Back Length - View B14 3/414 3/4151515 1/415 1/215 1/215 3/41616 1/4

Fabric Required (yards)

View A - 45" Wide1 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/41 5/81 5/81 5/81 5/81 5/8
View A - 54" Wide111111 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/41 1/4
View B - 45" Wide1 3/81 3/81 3/81 3/81 3/81 5/81 5/81 5/81 5/81 5/8
View B - 54" Wide1 1/81 1/81 1/81 1/81 1/81 3/81 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/2
Interfacing 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8
Quilting Cotton 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8 3/8

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Tailor's Chalk

Required Supplies

  • Buttons (3/4")
  • Hook & Eye
  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle
  • Zipper

Optional Supplies

  • Bias Tape

Additional Notes

This sewing pattern includes all pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

The instructions were clear and I deviated in a couple of areas I thought my technique was better.
The pattern was easy to assemble. I had no problems getting it all lined up properly or picking my size lines.
The size was accurate, and the instructions for muslining were very helpful
I'm very satisfied with these chinos! I plan to make many more!
To read my full blog on this pair, head to

The instructions are top-notch, all the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. If there is any bit in the pattern instructions that might cause you to pause, no worries because there is a complete sew-along on the designer's blog! Following this pattern will yield in a high quality professional looking garment, for sure.

I LOVE this pattern however the fly zip instructions are not the best. You may need to refer to the corresponding sew-along on the Grainline blog to make sense of some of the construction.

The Chi Towns are supposed to be a relaxed fit short, but I could easily go down two sizes for my best fit.
I recommend some flat measuring of the pattern to see what you think of the sizing.

I can't say enough great things about this pattern! The instructions are very thorough. This would be a great pattern to start with if you've never sewn a zipper fly. I love all of the professional finishes and think my skirt could easily pass as store bought. I can't wait to make the shorts soon!

Pattern was easy to follow. Some minor confusion with the front slash pockets was cleared up with the sew-along post on the Alina sewing blog. Putting in the front fly/zip went really smoothly.

Love it! I bought the expansion pack and I will be making the pants also.

It's hard for me to find ready to wear shorts because my waist size measures larger than my hips (i.e. constant muffin top) but this pattern leaves a back extension I can easily have extra room in my waist and a more flattering fit.