Xanelé Shorts

French Navy


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Buy the Xanelé Shorts sewing pattern from French Navy. This beginner-friendly pattern is named after the designer’s adventurous friend Xanelé (pronounced Shan-a-lee). These shorts were inspired by, and created for, their 5 am Table Mountain hikes together.

The Xanelé Shorts are an easy-to-wear summer staple that can be styled up or down depending on your mood or occasion. The pattern features an elasticated waistband with optional belt loops, a pleated front and a cuffed hem that ends around the mid-thigh. A versatile addition to your handmade wardrobe, the Xanelé Shorts are perfect for the beach and climbing mountains, yet are equally well suited to days spent working from, or relaxing at, home.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium weight wovens such as linen and linen blends, hemp, tencel and chambray. If selecting medium weight fabric, it is recommended that the fabric has some amount of drape.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 122 cm (1.3 yd) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 162 cm (1.8 yd).

Sizing: A – I (approx. UK 6 – 18/20, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

When selecting your size, your hip measurement and the finished hip measurement are of primary importance, as the elastic waistband is adjusted to achieve your desired fit at the waist. The Xanelé Shorts are drafted for a height of 171 cm (5’7″). You can adjust the pattern if you are taller or shorter using the LENGTHEN/SHORTEN lines on the pattern pieces.

Notions: Thread; 5 cm (2″) wide elastic, approx. 65 – 115 cm (25 5/8″ – 45 1/4″), length will be determined when fitting your shorts; safety pin; fusible interfacing (optional).

PDF pattern includes: Step-by-step instructions; A4/US letter print-at-home pattern (25 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (1 sheet). The pattern files are layered so you can print just the size(s) you need.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

25 pages

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