Essential Shorts by Make It Perfect

Knee-length shorts with a flat front waistband, elastic back waistband, and drawstring.

Pattern: Essential Shorts
Designer: Make It Perfect
Categories: Shorts
Difficulty: Beginner
Recommended Fabrics: Chambray, Double Cloth, Lawn, Linen, Rayon
required fabric: 11/3 to 11/2 yards
Sizes: XXS - XXL
Digital Sewing Pattern$9.46
Digital Sewing Pattern$9.46


Every wardrobe needs a casual pair of shorts for hot summer days. The Essential Shorts sewing pattern by Aussie designer Make it Perfect fit the bill. These knee-length shorts feature front pockets and a flat front waistband with drawstring. An elastic back waistband means there are no zipper or button closures to deal with. Sew your Essential Shorts up in a soft, lightweight linen and pair them with your favorite basic tee and sandals for a casual summer outfit.

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included: 1
Total Number of Pages: 24
Copy Shop Version Included: No
Pattern uses layers to select size: No

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Midriff2729 1/23135384145
Hips3334 1/23640434549
Outer Leg Length17 3/41818 1/418 1/218 3/41919 1/4

Fabric Required (yards)

Main Fabric1.
Elastic for Waistband (1.25" Wide)1.1111.1111.1111.1111.1111.1111.111

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

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

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

Required Supplies

  • Elastic
  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

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

Great everyday pair of shorts hitting a bit above the knee. Fit is relaxed but not sloppy. These will become my summer uniform.