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Hepburn | Pleat Front Shorts Sewing Pattern

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  • Includes all sizes, 6-18.
  • Instant download.
  • Easy to follow, detailed instructions.
  • Intermediate techniques made easy.
  • Experienced beginner friendly.
  • For woven fabrics.
  • Relaxed fit.

Introducing the Hepburn Shorts sewing pattern, marrying timeless elegance with relaxed comfort.

Choose between two styles: the Pull-On Hepburn Shorts for effortless wear with a full elastic waistband, or the Zipped (Tailored) Hepburn Shorts for a more refined look with a shaped waistband and side zip.

Both styles offer optional pockets, belt loops, and a sash for added versatility. The Pull-On version boasts a quick sew and comfy fit, while the Zipped style features a relaxed, semi-tailored design with pleats and darts for added flair.



STYLE 1:  The Pull-On Hepburn Shorts

If you're after a super quick pair, you can make the elastic waist version with the Easy Pull-On Shorts. The are not as tailored as the Hepburns but they do have some of the same features & some extras.

  • Simple straight forward pair of shorts
  • Quick & easy to sew 
  • Flat front waistband
  • Elastic back
  • Front pleats
  • Comfy legs


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STYLE 2: The Zipped (Tailored) Hepburn Shorts

This is a very relaxed design. It features a low sitting waistband & easy crotch. These are not 'snug fit' shorts.

  • Semi tailored, loose fitting short
  • Shaped waistband
  • Easy side zip*
  • Side pockets
  • 2 length options
  • Pleat front
  • Darted back
  • Belt loops & optional sash & bound edge pockets


* Don't let the zip scare you, I have a very simple method that will have you excited about how quickly & easily you now insert zips. 

Pleat Front Shorts Sewing Pattern - Women

  • Size AU 6-18 (US2-14)
  • Click here for size chart. 




  • Style 1: Pull-On Shorts 32mm (1.25") elastic
  • Style 2: Hepburn Shorts -18cm (7") dress zip to match (can be longer if that's what you have at home), 1 x 20mm (3/4) button or Size 20 snaps.  25mm (1") bias tape.

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS: Cotton Voile, Quilting Cotton, Lawn, Gaberdine, Cotton Sateen, Rayon, Silk & Silk-like fabrics, Linen & Linen Blends, Chambray, Denim. My favourite is quilting cotton because of all the fabulous prints you can choose from.


  • Click here for fabric requirements.
  • Based on 110cm (44") fabric.

  • FILES: Print at home (A4, Letter), A0 copy shop.
  • FABRIC TYPE: Woven fabrics.
  • LAYERED: Yes
  • SIZES: AU6-18 (US2-14).
  • SKILL LEVEL: Both beginner & more experienced options.


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All seam allowances are included. See pattern pieces or glossary for details.

PRINTING: For more details, see the info pages in the beginning of each tutorial. 

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This is a downloadable digital PDF pattern. As such, refunds after purchase are not possible.  No further discounts apply during a pattern release.

This is a downloadable digital PDF sewing pattern. As such, refunds after purchase are not possible. Discounts cannot be combined. Please note: we do not sell printed paper patterns.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
CustomerDenise B.
Wonder why?

I just made these according to my measurements, and they are HUGE. No one else has had this issue? I ordered more of the same fabric, though, because I love the finished product and will try a smaller size.

Hi Denise, Thank you for your review and feedback! We're sorry to hear about the sizing issue. It's important to follow the specific sizing instructions for the Hepburn shorts, as they sit lower on the hips. We'd recommend joining our Facebook group where Melanie can help with sizing tips. We're glad you love the finished product and hope the smaller size works perfectly for you!

Katya D.
Most comfortable shorts I've ever worn

Great pattern and lovely shorts. Very clear instructions even for me, an absolute beginner sewer. I've made 3 pairs of the pull on version now and I wear them all the time. Highly recommend.

Favourite shorts pattern

Hands down best shorts pattern I’ve ever made. I’ve now made 4 pairs. Easy to make.

Robyn B.
Hepburn shorts

These are a great fit. I did take 1 inch out of each side of the back for a more fitted look which suited the heavier cotton drill I used.

Lovely Walking Shorts

Great fitting shorts. Have made 2 pairs 'Urban' style in size 14 - no pattern alternations needed! Omitted the pleats on the second pair and they still look good. Happy to recommend this pattern.