The Xanele Shorts

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This pattern is fondly named after my adventurous friend Xanelé (pronounced Shan-a-lee). These shorts were inspired by (and created for) the 5am Table Mountain hikes that she and I regularly embarked upon, (and the much-needed sanity and perspective that these walks, and our talks, afforded me) as we were coming out of South Africa’s first lockdown.  

The Xanelé shorts are an easy-to-wear summer staple with an elasticated waistband, pleated front and a cuffed hem that ends around the mid-thigh. While they are perfect for the beach and for climbing mountains, they are as equally well suited to days spent working, or lounging, at home.


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


150 cm / 60” wide fabric – 122cm / 1.3 yards

115cm / 45” wide fabric – 162cm / 1.8 yards


Sewing thread

5cm / 2” wide elastic – minimum length approx. 65cm (25 5/8”), maximum length approx. 115cm (45 1/4”) – length will be determined when fitting on your shorts

Safety pin

Fusible interfacing (optional)

You can check out some of the versions made by my pattern testers here: