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Not only are shorts one of this season’s top trends – our step-by-step instructions also make them easy for beginning sewers! These Bermuda Shorts pattern debuted in our On the Road collection from the July 2019 issue of Burda Style magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew these summery Bermudas.

Refer to the pattern’s store page for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.


NEW Bermuda Shorts Fabric
Bermuda Shorts Step 1

STEP 1: CUT OUT THE FABRIC PIECES
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right side facing in and matching the selvages. Pin paper pattern pieces to the fabric as shown in the pattern layout. Use chalk to mark seam and hem allowances on the fabric round the edges of the paper pattern pieces: 1.5 cm (5/8") for seams and 4 cm (15/8") at hems. Cut out the pieces on these lines.

Bermuda Shorts Step 2


STEP 2: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS
Use dressmaker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel to transfer the pattern outlines (seam and hem lines) and all other lines and marking to the wrong side of the pieces. Follow the instructions included with the carbon paper. Use basting thread to mark facing fold lines, hem lines and pleat lines on the right fabric side.

Bermuda Shorts Step 3


STEP 3: DARTS / BACK TROUSER PIECES
Fold back trouser pieces so that dart lines meet. Right side of fabric faces in. Pin darts and stitch toward points of darts. Knot ends of thread. Press darts toward centre back. Neaten side edges (seam number 1) on front and back trouser pieces with zigzag stitching or over-lock stitch.

Bermuda Shorts Step 4


STEP 4: INVISIBLE ZIP
Open zip and pin face down right sides together with left back trouser piece. Teeth of zip begin on marked fold line and lie on marked seam line, zip tapes lie on allowance. Turn in end of zip tapes. Use the special presser foot to stitch zip close to teeth. The teeth of an invisible zip roll inward and are held flat by the special presser foot.

Bermuda Shorts Step 5


STEP 5: INVISIBLE ZIP
Pin and stitch other half of zip to left front trouser piece likewise. Stitch both halves of zip from upper edge to slit mark.

Bermuda Shorts Step 6


STEP 6: LEFT SIDE SEAM
Lay front trouser piece with zip right sides together with back trouser piece. Pin left side seam. Stitch seam from lower edges as far as possible to ends of stitching lines for zip, laying end of zip aside. Backstitch to secure ends of stitching. Press allowances open.

Bermuda Shorts Step 7


STEP 7: RIGHT SIDE SEAM
For the right trouser leg, lay front trouser piece on back trouser piece with right fabric sides facing. Pin side seam from upper to lower edges (seam number 1) and stitch. Press allowances open.

Bermuda Shorts Step 8


STEP 8: I NSIDE LEG SEAMS
Pin inside leg seams on both trouser legs (seam number 2), right side of fabric faces in. Stitch seams. Neaten allowances and press open.

Bermuda Shorts Step 9


STEP 9: CENTER SEAM
Turn just one leg so that right fabric side faces out on one leg and right fabric side faces in on the other leg. Place legs one inside the other with right fabric sides facing. Pin centre seam, matching inside leg seams. Stitch seam from upper front to upper back edge. Trim allowances to 7 mm (1/4"), neaten together and press to one side.

Bermuda Shorts Step 10


STEP 10: UPPER EDGE
Neaten self-facing at upper edge of garment. Press facing to inside on marked fold line, baste. Sew on side edges at zip tapes by hand.

Bermuda Shorts Step 11


STEP 11: STITCH FROM PLEATS
Fold front trouser piece so that lines connected by an arrow meet, right fabric side facing in. Pin lines together and stitch between pleat arrows. Backstitch to secure ends of stitching. Press pleats toward centre front. Topstitch upper trousers edge 5 cm (2") wide, catching facing. Tip: Use a hand gauge and straight pins to mark the exact width of topstitching. Important: The pleat folds should point toward centre front and the darts toward center back when stitching.

Bermuda Shorts Step 12


STEP 12: HEM
First stitch hem 7 mm (1/4") wide, then press to inside on marked hem line. Baste hem and stitch again close to basted edge.

Bermuda Shorts FINISHED


FINISHED! So breezy and stylish. The Bermudas are sewn with a striped linen and include stitched down pleats left open at the waist for a playful touch that replaces an attached waistband. You can still highlight this effect and add accent at the waist by wearing a belt.

Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Belted Tunic.

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