Perhaps those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to experience warmer weather and maybe thinking of clothes for Spring. Here in Australia, we're well into Autumn and the weather is cooling down. Cooler weather doesn't stop the kids from wearing shorts, though.
About a month ago I made up a pair of Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts, from Fishsticks Designs. Although I've sewn the Mud Puddle Splashers from Fishsticks Designs many times, this was my first time using the Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts.
The shorts have a flat front and as described in the pattern, have a slimmer fit through the hips than traditional elastic waist pants for a more modern look. Instructions are included for both board shorts and skate pants, with the option for narrow or wide legs with the skate pants.
The pattern suits a wide range of sizes - 12 months to 12 years. There is both a size chart and a finished measurement chart included. All necessary fabrics and notions are clearly listed at the beginning of the pattern, together with a list of suggested fabric types.
Page numbers are given so you can print just the size/s you need, or you can print the whole lot at home. There is also a file included to you can take it to a print shop, eliminating the need to tape the pieces together.
Sizing lines are in colour and are also easily distinguishable on a monochrome printer thanks to the different line markings; dots, dashes, etc. I just printed the size I needed and it was very quick and easy to piece together.
There are no metric measurements, only imperial. ie; It's all in inches and yards.
The method for constructing the waistband leaves the seam showing on the inside. Nothing wrong with this, but I changed mine so the seam was encased.
I omitted three of the optional extras - back pockets, waistband tabs and a drawstring cord at the waist. Shorts with a flat front are not as easy to fit as a full elastic waistband pair, and a drawstring cord can compensate for this. However, I find the cords can get a bit tatty after a while, so I try to avoid them. Luckily, the fit was spot on, not that I knew that when I made the decision to leave out that step.
The pattern pieces are clearly marked with both necessary and useful information. Necessary information:
- notches for matching
- number and direction of pieces to cut
- name of which piece - eg; back body/leg
and useful information so you don't have to keep referring to the PDF:
- seam allowance
- sizes of non pattern pieces to cut
- name of pattern (in case you mislay it)
I really like the style of the Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts and I think this fabric suits them perfectly. It's Figures Linen Numbers Yardage, by Zen Chick, for Moda Fabrics. As soon as I saw it, I thought of Little Mister, as he's fascinated with numbers. The indigo solid is the obvious choice for the contrasting fabric. If I had made the back pockets, they'd have been indigo as well.
Little Mister's Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts will be added to the 100+ links in the Shorts, Pants, Trousers & Leggings collection, here at Threading My Way.
This is a great pattern and one I'll be using again, but not till later in the year when the weather warms up. What's the weather like in your corner of the world? Are you sewing for warm or cool weather at the moment?
Fishsticks Designs is taking a month off to focus some extra time on setting up services and caring for two medically needy foster children. The shop will reopen for normal business on Saturday, April 25th.