Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Boys Shorts from My Japanese Pattern Book

Hey everyone.
Last night I made my boy a new pair of shorts. They have back and side pockets and a fake fly. I made the shorts out of large black and white gingham with small black and white gingham for the pockets and fly.

They were very quick and easy. I did have one issue though and that was with the fly. I looked and looked at the diagram and couldn't work out how I was supposed to make a cut in the fabric underneath the fly as it had already been sewn down.

Note the red circle.

If anyone can read Japanese you may be able to shed some light on what it says to do.

Anyway, I had to ignore the diagram for this little bit and just do it the way I thought it would work. And I'm pleased to say that it all worked out.  I was supposed to add 5cm to the pattern for the hem but I like shorts a little longer on my boy so I added 8cm for the extra length.

I had them all finished but my boy was already asleep so I put the elastic in and waited until morning to get the perfect fit. When the elastic was sewn up, they were ready to be worn to school.

He was happy and so was I.


  1. wow, those shorts are so cute! you are so talented, great job! :)

  2. Super cute, love the fabric. Which book are these from? Still pondering getting a japanese pattern book, but want one with lots of boy stuff!

  3. Hi J-Han, here is a link for the book I used.
    This one doesn't have that many boys patterns in it, but if you check out the sellers other items you might find one with more boys patterns. This seller is good because they show lots of pic on each listing. If you were going to purchase a book, you should check out as the prices are the cheapest I have found, but they don't have the biggest range.

  4. Love the way you've matched the two different sized checks together... very effective!!! I still think you are wonderful to be able to use pattern books written in Japanese.

  5. I LOVE LOVE these shorts! I will have to go find myself a pattern similar for my little guy. Your fabric choices were really cute too. I love your style :). I just started my own blog with crafty stuff including tutorials- I hope you can check it out and leave me a comment.

  6. Can read some Japanese but not sew.
    It says something along the lines of move the piece aside. Place a small cut in the place you sewed and then put the moved piece back at the left front side.
    Hoep this helps!!

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