Jacob Shorts by Zonen 09 for Shorts on the Line

jacob-pants-pattern-review-cailamadeI interrupt this week of Desert Rose goodness to bring you this post for Shorts On The Line (SOTL). It’s my favorite series of the year and I’m so excited to be participating again this year! The first year, I won a big prize for my wedding lace shorts (go check them out and yes, your eyes will pop out of your head because Abby could never have possibly been that small), and last year I won another prize for my Herringbone Shorts. So basically, today’s post could alternately be titled: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you fabric/I love SOTL.

Psst, head over to the event page on Kollabora to enter the sew along and possibly win some seriously fantastic prizes!!


The great thing about SOTL is that you can read about great shorts patterns and get the inside info on what it’s like to sew them. I get lots of questions from readers about boy shorts, particularly because in the past I used to sew so many of them. I love sharing posts like this, because I know it’s something we are all interested in. Cool + boy shorts = win, win, win.

Today I’d like to tell you about these shorts I sewed for my littlest guy, using the Jacob Pants pattern by Zonen 09.

Now, first let me tell you– this pattern shop is AWESOME. They have a hip, retro vibe while still maintaining a comfortable fit for children. I made these particular shorts for STYLO 02 and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to give you more information. If you scroll to the bottom, you’ll see a list of all the fabrics I used for these shorts.


In the meantime, let’s talk about the pattern. I found it very easy to follow. There are a few extra steps, such as sewing pleats down the center front of each leg, folding and ironing and sewing those awesome pockets on the back, etc. The extra steps are well worth the effort.

The pattern includes instructions for a fully functioning zip fly, or a faux fly, and I opted for the faux. At the time, my son wasn’t even potty training so it didn’t seem worth the effort to add a zipper. When I make a pair of these for my older son (age 7, going into 2nd grade) I will definitely take the plunge and add a zip fly. I looked through the instructions for that step and they look very thorough and easy to follow.


Since the Jacob Pants are technically, um…. pants, I had to turn them into shorts. As you can tell from the pattern photos the Jacob pant has a wide and flared leg. This is really great if you are turning them into shorts. I like a little bit of flare on my boy shorts, and this pattern provides just the right amount.

To turn these into shorts, simply measure from the child’s waist to his knee. (I like my son’s shorts to hit a little below the knee, and the waistband will add a little length). Add one inch to this measurement for the seam allowance. Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure from the top of each pattern piece to the place where the shorts should end. Draw a line straight across the front and back shorts pieces, using your measurement as a guide. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper, making sure to trace your new shorts line, and you’re ready to start sewing!

DSC05558DSC05560I really think you’ll like this pattern if you try it! Just a heads up: taping this pattern is a little different than taping the ones I’ve purchased from designers in the U.S., but there is nothing wrong with that. The pattern still comes together beautifully, and I didn’t run into any troubles in that regard. It was just a little different than the way I’m used to doing it and it took me a moment to realize that I didn’t need to cut or fold away an extra margin from the pattern. It was kind of nice, actually.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about the Jacob Pants/Shorts! Here are some fabric details, in case you are interested:

  • Shorts: I used a gray twill from Jo-Ann’s for the body of the shorts.
  • Pockets: Tangram in Brite by Michael Miller
  • Shirt: from Target
  • Location: A cove in Laguna Beach, California.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other incredible ladies sewing shorts for this tour:

6/11 – Delia Creates and Buzzmills
6/17 – girl inspired and Casa Crafty
6/18 – Frances Suzanne and Caila Made
6/19 – Made by Rae and Craftstorming
6/20 – Noodlehead and emmyloubeedoo
And DO NOT FORGET to enter the amazing Shorts On The Line sew-a-long on Kollabora! These ladies give away some seriously awesome prizes, so you definitely want to sew some shorts and enter. I posted mine already! Come and join me!


This post is part of shorts on the line sewalong hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly, sponsored by Jo-AnnPretty Prudent/Pellon®, and Hawthorne Threads.

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  1. says

    I love these sooo much! You just totally sold me on this pattern and I can’t get enough of that Stylo fabric! Hooray you’re our shorts sewing super star!

  2. says

    Beyond gorgeous! I have to admit that I don’t pay much attention to little boys clothes – totally outside my sphere of sewing. But I just can’t stop looking at these. I want a pair!!! Or I’m going to figure out how I am going to sell the concept to my hubby or youngest daughter…