Altering Sewing Patterns – Shorts Length

alter length on pants
So, you’ve found a nice shorts pattern that you are dieing to sew, but….. the length just doesn’t seem right, too short? too long? Here is the tutorial to show you how to alter the length of the shorts in 3 simple steps.
{If you haven’t found one decent pattern yet, probably you can try this boxer shorts or this weekender shorts}

Shortening is easy, just cut away the extra to shorten it. We can do it even after the shorts is sewn or on the one you bought from the shop. Lengthening is a little tricky if you don’t have extra on the hem’s seam. Anyway, who can find enough on the hem seam? The most you can lengthen is 1/2″. Provided you want to add another piece of fabric to lengthen it and make it look a little weird with the “pasting”. The best way is do it during paper stage. Measure the length that you want for the shorts, if the pattern don’t have enough length, then lengthen it on the paper before cutting the fabric.

The brown-blue gingham on top is modified from the weekender shorts but without full lining, just in case you are interested. I pasted the separate hems to the shorts on the pattern and lengthen it another 1 1/2″ for my husband. The bottom piece is the original length.

{CLICK HERE to get the Altering Sewing Patterns – Shorts Length tutorial.}

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  1. Pingback:Tutorial: Lengthen a shorts pattern · Sewing |

  2. Thank you for sharing this information! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

  3. thank you for your shorts pattern it is a very easy to follow step to step tutorial is there any way I can get the actual paper pattern send to me, I am doing some costume for a kids parade band so that boxer short pattern and if you have a skirt pattern as well will also help me I like the way it was explain by using the color name in the pattern which makes it easy to follow thank you again my mailing address is 9602 Farragut Rd Brooklyn NY 11236 phone # 917-627-1904

  4. would love to get the shorts pattern please for children as i am making clothes (any that i can get patterns for ) to donate to the hospital to help the kids thankyou

    • Hi Helene, I have answered your question in your comment on another page. The pattern page is usually on page 2, if you refer to the link at the browser, it is ended with “/2″, then search for the pdf document to download the free pattern. Happy sewing 🙂

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