Dolphin Shorties

Dolphin Shorties

Regular price $10.99

PDF Sewing Pattern

Sized for girls 18m-10

Pattern Description

Retro dolphin hem shorties have never looked cuter!  Whether exercising, lounging or just playing around, these shorts are perfect for a girl on the go.  The classic dolphin hem keeps her style timeless while a stretchy waistband fits her perfectly, slash pockets for her on the go needs and optional side zippers to up her cool girl vibe.  Pair with a cute tank, tee or hoodie for a cute and cozy effortless syle.

fabric requirements

Recommended Fabrics:

Light-medium weight WOVEN fabrics: Denim, curdoroy, twill, quilting cottons, or other suitable bottomweight fabrics are suggested for use with woven bias tape (pre-packaged or made - see bias notes).

Medium weight KNITS WITH LITTLE STRETCH and 100% recovery: Ponte, french terry, and liverpool are suggested for use with woven bias tape (pre-packaged or made - see bias notes) or subsititute shorts trim with lighter knits such as cotton lycra or cotton spandex. 

Light-medium weight KNITS: Cotton lycra and cotton spandex are suggested. Use similar fabric content for trim around the shorts edge (see bias notes if making your own).


Yardage is based on 54” wide fabrics. Remember to account for fabric shrinkage. Fabric requirements are rounded to the nearest quarter yard.


  • 1.25” NON-ROLL elastic
  • 2: 7-9” standard zipper
  • 1/2” double wide bias tape

    Bias Tape Note:

    The width of the bias should be 1.75”.  If using pre-made bias, the edges should already be folded and pressed.  If you’ve made your own, be sure the bias is folded (WST) in half length wise to secure the center, then fold the edges (WST) toward the center by 3/8” (1cm).

    If subsitituting woven bias tape with a lightweight knit, it doesn’t need to be cut on the bias.  Simply cut length in direction of the stretch.


  • 2: 7-9” standard zipper

pattern info

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  • Computer drafted pattern, nested for ease of grading between sizes

  • Layered pattern tiles so you can print only the sizes you want

  • Cut and tape, print from standard home printer pattern file for US letter and A4 users (Pattern is located at the end of the tutorial)

  • A0 print shop file (not available on doll patterns)
  • Step by step combination "fabric real" illustrations and pictures with easy to understand instructions

  • Schematic drawings with comprehensive measurements so you can easily customize the fit

  • Imperial and metric measurements

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