Unless noted, the seam allowance included is 3/8″ (1 cm) for joined seams. The side seams have a 3/4″ (2 cm) seam allowance to allow for the side seam lapped zipper. Transfer all notches, pleats, darts, and zipper placement on the wrong side of the fabric with chalk or fabric marker.

Pattern markings are shown on the Crew Shorts


Attach the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the upper pocket lining.

Interfacing is pressed to the pocket lining edges.

Block fuse a piece of fabric for the waistband and waistband facing pieces. For reference, the waistband facings have 1/8″ (0.6 cm) trimmed from the top edge and notches on the bottom edge. Tricot fusible interfacing is recommended but you can use any lightweight fusible interfacing. If your fusible is too thick, only add the fusible to one layer of the waistband (the waistband facing).


Finish one edge of the belt loops.

Fold the belt loops in thirds. First fold in the side with a raw edge in, wrong sides touching. Then fold in the finished edge to cover the raw edge. Press in place and then topstitch with two rows 1/4″ (0.6 cm) apart. Press.

Pressed and folded belt loop pattern piece


Cut the five belt loops in 3″ (7.5 cm) pieces. Finish one side of the cut edge. Set aside.

Belt Loops are finished and laid out on a white background


With the right sides together, sew the center back seam and press open.

With right sides together, fold the belt in half lengthwise. Pin.

The Crew belt is folded in half and ready to be sewn

Reduce the stitch length to get a sharp corner. Stitch around 3 sides, leaving a 4″ opening. Trim the corners and seam allowance to 1/4″ (0.6 cm).

The belt seam is sewn up

Turn right side out and press, making sure the corner angles are sharp. Edgestitch the opening closed by hand or machine. Set aside.


With the right sides together, fold the zipper shield lengthwise. Sew the bottom short end.

The Crew Shorts fly shield piece is shown

Trim the corner, turn right side out and finish the raw edge. Set aside.

The fly shield is sewn and laid on a white background


There are two pleats on each front piece (4 pleats total). The pleats are inverted pleats. With right sides together, stitch on the wrong side of the fabric from the top down 1.5″ ( 4 cm). When sewing the pleats, make sure to back stitch at the ends and make them all the same length.

Pleats are sewn on the Crew pattern

Press pleats with equal parts of the fabric on either side of the pleat.

Pleats are pressed on the Crew Shorts

Optional step: You can secure your pleat in place by stitching a line 1/4″ (0.6 cm) away from the top edge.


There are two darts on each back piece (4 darts total). Sew the back darts and press them towards the center back. If you’d like more tips on sewing darts, check out our How to Sew Darts blog post here.

Sewn Darts are shown on the Crew Short pattern pieces

Crew Sew Along Posts | Getting Started | Interfacing, Pleats, and Darts | Prepare Pockets | Sew Zipper and Side Seams | Sew Inseam and Rise | Waistband | Hem and Finishing