Even though we are having a spring snow storm right now, I’m thinking summer.
I’ve been sewing a bit of summer too with these fun…
I’m super excited to be a part of the Pattern Anthology blogger tour.
They aptly named the eight pattern collection Sun & Surf which you can purchase as a bundle for just under $40. This is a deal compared to trying to buy the patterns separately. You can also purchase just the Sun (girl) patterns or just the Surf (boy) patterns as separate bundles. Go HERE for more information on each bundle and how to purchase them.
I sewed up Blank Slate Pattern’s Coastal Cargos from the Surf collection.
The Coastal Cargos pattern is everything you’d expect from a Blank Slate Pattern: easy to understand, thorough, and teaches complicated sewing techniques like welt pockets, a working zipper fly, and perfect box pleated cargo pockets, in a way that makes you feel like a sewing rock star.
It also goes from cool pants to slick capri length shorts with a tab and button feature.
I love linen, so I sewed these up in a nice, soft, tan 100% linen with a rusty orange pre-made bias tape for the stripe and belt loop details.
I made my welt pockets single welts instead of doubles, simply because I wasn’t paying attention and placed my pocket pieces too low. ;) I added this cool star fabric as lining that I had scraps of in my stash from my mom and am not sure who it’s by. I wish I did though, because I would order another yard in a heart beat.
You’ll notice that Reid’s face is not showing in any of these pictures. He wouldn’t let me and was pouting the whole time because he was quite displeased that the pants weren’t entirely orange (and then changed his mind on the color again and then again). Sigh…He’s my pay back child. ;). I was this picky (and kind of still am). It’s always a risk sewing for him because he’ll either love it with all his heart or…hate it. I’m hoping the soft linen feel of these pants will win him over in time. :)
I sewed these in a size 4T. Reid wears a commercial 4T almost perfectly so I would say that these pants run just slightly large?? Reid is slim and a little short though, so maybe it’s the commercial sizes that run smaller? I had to cuff the pants and I added the elastic 3/4 a way around the waist instead of 1/2 way around because he is so slender. Melissa provides instructions for this change in the larger sizes. If your child is also slim (and you need to bring the waist in more), you might want to consider this option to help the pants lay more flat and even.
Overall, this is a fantastic pattern. I highly recommend it to an intermediate sewist. It is not necessarily a quick sew, but it is a very satisfying one. Melissa shares clever ways on how to install the belt loops and box pleats that I haven’t seen in her other patterns yet. I love it when patterns teach me and stretch me, which this pattern very much did.
Be sure to check out the other lovely patterns apart of the Sun & Surf collection and the other blogger reviews (see links below).
The sale only lasts through tomorrow. So, snatch your bundle up while you can!