Cape Breton Pants & Shorts

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Unique pockets and a comfortable fit! Designed for woven fabrics, these pants and shorts feature a slim leg and flat-front with elastic-back, plus your choice of two pocket styles. The crescent inseam pockets provide a fabulous pop of color, and the circle patch pockets are fun and perfect for embellishments like buttons and fancy stitching.

Suggested fabrics for the main pants/shorts is medium-bottom weight wovens, and light-medium weight for the pocket linings. Size range is 2-12Y.

Check out the Malpeque Bay pattern for a similar style, but with a longer shorts length and roomier fit through the crotch and legs.
Recommended Skill Level - Confident Beginner

Seam allowance is 3/8"(1cm) unless stated otherwise in the pattern, and is included in all measurements.

Required Supplies: sewing machine, needle suitable for chosen fabric (universal), 3/4" elastic for waist band, iron, pins/clips, scissors and/or rotary cutter, measuring tape and/or cutting mat & ruler.
Suggested Fabric: This pattern is designed for non-stretch fabrics.  Suggested for the main pant/shorts are medium to bottom weight wovens such as cotton twill, light denim, corduroy, medium linen, or duck.  The pockets can be made with the same fabric, or with a lighter weight, such as quilting cotton.
Included in the pattern:
  • Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12.
  • Easy to assemble pattern pieces.
  • Clear and efficiently nested pattern pieces, color coded by size.  All colors also print clearly in black ink.  No layers (individual size printing) on print-at-home or Large Format; Layers ARE included on Projector Files.
  • All measurements in both metric and imperial
  • Body measurements Sizing Guide to help obtain the proper fit for the child. 
  • Specific instructions on blending sizes.
  • Line drawings showing all options.
  • Linked table of contents, for reference and ease of use on digital devices.
  • Fabric requirements for all parts.
  • Full color photo tutorial with specific details (in English only) for each step and illustrations for additional clarity.
  • Hints and tips throughout the tutorial.
  • Summary of steps for quick reference.
  • Modeled photos showing the finished options.

Purchase also includes AO Large Format PDF for copy shop printing, and a separate Projector optimized file.  Print-at-home and Large Format files have nested pattern pieces (no layers); Projector file has layers (ability to turn on and off individual projected sizes).

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  • 5
    This is one of the best

    Posted by Claudia B. on 2020 Dec 6th

    This is one of the best fitting patterns I’ve ever made. My kids love to wear it and it was a very easy sew. I’m sure i will make a lot more in the future.

  • 5
    My daughter love

    Posted by Azirah S. on 2020 Jun 14th

    My daughter love so much,I like too because very easy to sew.

Cape Breton is a large island making up the eastern end of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mi’kmaq.  It is a land of exceptional beauty in the rugged shoreline and towering green hills.  It is also a place of rich Indigenous, Gaelic, and Acadian heritage. 


Today, quaint fishing villages dot the coastline which can be explored by traveling the Cabot Trail, a scenic highway that hugs the coastline while looping around a significant part of the island.  Toward the interior of the island are highlands that feature steep cliffs and deep river canyons. ​ Cape Breton Highlands, on the northern tip of the island, was the first National Park designated in Atlantic Canada.