sketchbook shorts

Many of you have requested a pattern for boy’s shorts. I wanted to give you something that would be easy enough for a beginner to sew but would look impressive.

The shorts pattern included with the Sketchbook Shirt + Shorts has a simple elastic waistband that can also be sewn to look like a flat waistband in the front. The mock fly looks like a more challenging (and time-consuming) zipper fly but is actually very simple to stitch. And the pleats give it an easy fit while also allowing you to press a crease into the leg for a dressy look.

Boys will like the front pockets (you’ll like them too because they’re easy to make), and the below-the-knee length is appropriate for casual or dress occasions in warmer weather.

This pattern is great for a beginners and would be rated one scissor if it were packaged by itself. So, like with the Music Class Blouse + Skirt, you could treat this pattern as a sewing class. Start with the shorts, move up to the short-sleeved shirt, and finish with the long-sleeved shirt to really develop your skills and sewing confidence.

For the shorts we recommend light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like denim, canvas, chambray, corduroy, twill, and linen.




  1. ASM_Blue

    That’s impressive!!! I am always wondering how do you do it!?
    I had “bought” this pattern, before I read this post, but now… I’ll be making the complete set in 4 and 10 years, for sure (busy, busy, busy …)

  2. Katja Magus

    Lovely as usual, these look great for casual or dressy and have wonderful details as usual. The boys will love the pockets. I will try to restrain myself and only buy the larger size pattern! Do you have bulk discounts for those of us with boys in both size ranges! ha!

  3. I will certainly purchase this pattern, I am sure I can lengthen the legs to make trousers and I may add belt carriers. I can not wait!

  4. I can’t wait for Monday!!!!

    Motherof5 – You should definitely be able to lengthen these. I lengthened the Sailboat pants (per instructions on the blog or forum – can’t remember which) and it worked beautifully!

  5. nicole keller

    Thanks Mandy, I think they look great.

  6. Yay – nice looking elastic waist! My 3 3/4 son is not the most coordinated with buttons and zippers and only wants elastic waist. Unfortunately, the stores I shop for him only have really casual stuff (and often ugly IMO) elastic waist stuff – so this is perfect!

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