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All About the Miller Shorts

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills.

Posted in: Patterns • June 30, 2019

Build Your Wardrobe with the Miller Shorts

The Miller shorts are perfect for fabric chameleons since they can be made in woven or knit fabrics, and they sew up quickly. A clever elasticized tie secures the paperbag waistband, and wide leg openings and inserted pockets make these shorts stylish and comfortable.

Daryn is wearing size 16 Miller shorts. Her measurements are 42”, 35 1/2”, 46 3/4” and she is 5’8”.

Tutorials to Build Your Skills

With almost all of the fabric possibilities at your hand, the best way to approach sewing the Miller shorts is with creativity. Here are some articles from the Seamwork archives to help you think creatively.

Why do you need a fabric stash? Read this article to learn how to understand and use your fabric stash.

Not into shorts? This month’s member bonus variation turns the Miller shorts into a stylish skirt.

Bust your stash with us! See how we made the most of our fabric collections in this month’s Staff Makes.

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Shop for Fabric

Remember, the Miller shorts work for both knit and woven fabrics. Look for lightweight and medium-weight wovens, like chambray, linen, or denim. For knits, look for something with a bit of structure, like French terry, ponte, or double knit.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

Roma Linen Rayon from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Eco Hemp Fleece from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

7 oz. Denim from

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Miller pattern details

Sizes 0 - 16

About the fit

The Miller shorts have an adjustable waist and are loose-fitted through the hips.

Sizes 18 - 26

About the fit

The Miller shorts have an adjustable waist and are semi-fitted through the hips.

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