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I designed The Jackson shorts for my 2 year old son. I usually dress him in affordable summer basics, but was disappointed with the lack of thought that went into the design of a pair of shorts I purchased.

Although my son was thrilled with the bright colours of the shorts I bought, I could see he couldn’t really move in them. The fabric had no stretch, and the design offered little forgiveness in the crotch area for full nappies. The nappy was frequently on view at the back waistline, and at the leg openings when he tried to climb play equipment or furniture. I created these quick and easy shorts to combat all of these issues, and they have been a great success in our household!

Styling tips!

I have a bit of a stash of knit fabric scraps which I mixed and matched to sew these up. Try trawling through second hand shops for old T-shirts, and using them to make unique, environmentally friendly and fun versions for the children in your life. Make a statement by using any printed messages on the shorts too (take care when cutting these out).
Have fun contrasting the back, front and sides, as well as the waistband and leg opening detail. I didn’t make this pattern for serious sewing… the design and finishes are open to interpretation, so make it your own!

Sewing expertise:

Beginner- appropriate for a first project.

Estimated time to complete:

1-2 hours

Designed for:

Sizes 000 – 4
3 months/62cm tall/6kg to 4 ½ years old/108cm tall

Materials required:

Slightly-to-moderately stretchy fabric (I generally use a knit like a jersey, but some fabric blends will also work well, such as cotton/spandex)
25mm elastic for the waistband (55cm is the maximum length required- check the elastic guide for your chosen size before cutting).
Overlocker not necessary

Seam allowance:

1cm (3/8 inch), included in pattern.

NOTE: This is not a final product. It is a digital pattern in PDF from, which will be available for printing immediately after purchase. It is formatted to print on A4 paper, but the margins are large enough that it will work in American letterhead size paper also- just make sure you print the test square page first.

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