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Kirby Shorts

The Kirby Shorts Sewing Patterns

Kirby Shorts

The Kirby Shorts Sewing Patterns




Skill Level Guide

We created our skill levels according to the techniques required to sew each pattern, but our patterns will teach you everything so don't be afraid to sew above your skill level!


Beginner sewing patterns teach the most foundational sewing techniques. These patterns focus on the basics like sewing and finishing straight and curved seams, hemming, and simple shaping methods such as darts and gathers. In addition, beginner patterns omit closures, making them perfect if you are new to sewing or are looking for a quick and easy make.

Advanced Beginner

Advanced Beginner sewing patterns expand on the skills learned at the beginner level, helping you to build confidence and range as a sewer. You'll find simple knitwear projects, bias tape finishing techniques, and begin to explore closures at this skill level.


Intermediate level sewing patterns focus on more precision sewing. In this skill level, you'll learn specialty closures. Intermediate patterns also introduce the skills needed for simple lingerie and athletic wear projects.


Advanced sewing patterns require great precision and time investment. You'll find tailored pieces in this category with elevated details like bound buttonholes and welt pockets.

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  • Fabric & Supplies

    Medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton twill, linen, linen blends, denim, chambray, and rayon twill. Felicia is wearing Kirby in a Tan Softened Organic Cotton and Crosby is wearing Kirby in a Cotton Striped Canvas.

    Lightweight woven linings such as cotton lawn, cotton shirting, cotton poplin, acetate, rayon, and silk.

    Seamwork Members! Get exclusive fabric discounts here!

    All-purpose polyester sewing thread, All-purpose sewing machine needle, 1 1/2 yards (1.4 meters) of 1 1/4" (3.2 cm), braided elastic, Three 5/8" (15 mm) buttons or snaps 1/4 yard (.23 meters) fusible interfacing Bodkin or large safety pin.

    Refer to size chart for amount of fabric needed for your size.

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  • Sizing & Fit

    Felicia is wearing a size 8 Kirby shorts. Her measurements are waist: 29" (73.7 cm), hip: 39" (99 cm), and she is 5'8" (172.75 cm) tall.

    Crosby is wearing a size 16 Kirby shorts, from our 12 - 30 size range. We shortened the elastic by 1". Her measurements are waist: 36" (91.5 cm), hip: 47 3/8" (120.3 cm), and she is 5' 10" (177.8 cm) tall.

    Our Misses patterns are drafted for a C cup and our Curvy patterns are drafted for DD. Both are drafted for a height of 5'8" (172 cm).

    00 – 30

    We want to help you achieve the best fit possible so you can sew garments you truly love. Our fit guides are designed to help you better understand the fit and details of each pattern. Use fit guides in conjunction with the finished measurement chart to better understand the ease and intended fit of each pattern.

  • Details

    This pattern is a digital download. When you purchase a PDF pattern from Seamwork, your new pattern will be stored in your download library, where you can download it as many times as you like.

    Our pattern PDFs are layered for easier printing.

    Print-at-home files, copy shop files, projector files, and instructions. See contents file in download for detailed descriptions.

Pattern Extras

Kirby Pants Bonus

The member bonus version of the Kirby shorts lengthens the pattern into wide-legged pants, ideal for drapey woven fabrics.

Felicia is wearing the Kirby Bonus in a Blue Washed Linen, and Crosby is wearing the Kirby bonus in a Caramel Laundered Linen Twill.

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