For most men I know, nothing beats a sunny warm morning, a cup of coffee, and some good reading material by the porch, balcony or in the back yard –but hanging out there cool enough without scaring the neighbors sometimes can be a little challenging. I’ve got two men living in my house and because it’s quite warm here, they always seem to be walking around the house in their underwear and as you can imagine, that causes problems from time to time.
I wanted to give the guys an alternative, but it’s hard to find store bought mens pajama shorts that are both comfortable and stylish enough, so I decided to come with my own design that would be both. Here are some mens pajama shorts that no one will know are pajamas and are good enough to go to the supermarket and grab a gallon of milk without having people stare..
The design is loose-fitting and super comfortable. You should use a super soft 100% cotton which is the perfect fabric for this sort of garment. Make sure you use natural fibers, so the shorts remain casual and comfortable for the hot weather.
I think this would make the perfect gift for Father’s Day, but the free sewing pattern accommodates waist sizes from 28″ to 44″ so you have a lot of flexibility for both boys and men.
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- 1″ elastic depending on waist measurements (28″ to 42″)and 1″ more
- 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 yards of cotton or linen. Follow the links for some recommended fabrics.
- thread to match your fabric
- free pattern
Step One: Cutting the mens pajama shorts pattern
- Front 2 pieces
- Back 2 pieces
- Pockets 4 pieces
Download the free pattern and print using the latest version of Adobe Reader. Mark all the notches in the pattern, paying special attention to the notches for the placement of the pockets.
Step Two: Sewing the inner side
Place the right side or the pockets on the right side of the of the short patterns pieces. Right sides together. To make sure you are doing it right, please follow the photo.
Stay stitch to 1/4″ from the edge. Stop at the point indicated by the pattern. You can notice the pocket pieces do not go all the way to the top of the pants. This is so the waist band does not become thick in that area. It will become clearer as we sew along.
Step Three: Attaching front to back
Place front and back right sides facing each other.
Sew the inside seam at 5/8″
Before we can continue to sew the outer side of the pants, we have to go back to the pockets.
Sew all around the pocket stopping at the mark we have made previously, follow the pattern.
Clean your seam by using zigzag or using our serger.
Now we can continue putting the pants together by sewing from the top to the pocket stop at the notches.
Now sew front the bottom of the pocket to the hem.Do not sew the pocket opening..
Step Four: Sewing the crotch
Sew the crotch at 5/8″ and clean the seam allowance with your serger or zigzag.
Step Five: Tacking the pockets
Tack the bottom and top of the pockets to make them strong. Make sure the pockets are facing to the front of the pants. Tacking means going back and forth with your sewing machine in the same place. This step is necessary reenforce the pockets and to make sure the pockets will face forward. With tacking, the opening of the pockets will not break or tear with use.
Step Six: Making the waistband
Fold the waist edge 1/4″ down and iron. I have used zigzag to make it easier for me to fold it.
Cut the elastic to the size you need, measuring the waist of the person who is going to wear the short pajama pants, plus one inch. Sew the elastic to 1/2″ seam allowance.
Sew the edges down as shown in the picture so the elastic remains as flat as possible.
Put the elastic band on the shorts as shown in the picture.Fold and pin down just enough to cover the elastic plus 1/8″ for the seam. Make sure you cover the top of the pockets. Pin the waist in at least four places and sew at 1/8″. Do not catch the elastic inside while sewing. This is so that the elastic can move and provide the elasticity it is supposed to.
Start by placing your needle down at the back. Tack a couple of times and then sew while pulling and placing the elastic as needed. Before you know it, you have gone around the whole waist. This is the easiest way to attach elastic to a waist.
Step Seven: Making the hem of your short pajama pants
Fold the hem 1/4″ and iron. Just like we did on step six.
Then fold again 1″ and pin all around the hem. Sew the hem at 1/8″.Inside view.
Outside view.Iron and pack your short pajama pants in a pretty box. This are without a doubt the easiest shorts you will make for your man. They are perfect for a lazy Sunday or after work relaxing time, but good enough to receive your friends for a barbecue.
We are breaking new ground here at So Sew Easy with our first pattern for a men’s garment. Well, sort of the truth is that this shorts can be worn by anyone. Please stay tuned on our YouTube channel where I will be showing you how to make this shorts plus how to shorten/lengthen or adjust them to make them larger.
Please check our Star Wars apron article as another idea for a Father’s Day present. Until next time! Happy sewing!