Boy’s Pant Pattern Review- Surfer Slacks

Today we’re reviewing the Surfer Slacks from See Kate Sew! I was mid-pant pattern search when Kate asked if I would test this pattern. Why, yes, I would be happy to!

The Surfer Slacks were just released Monday as part of the Sun and Surf collection. Umm… we’ll take some sun and surf please!


The Details

These pants have a cuff detail on the bottom, a tabbed pocket on the back, and a knit waistband. I’ve made up 3 slightly different versions of these pants.

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The red pair is my test pair in 4T. The blue cuff on the bottom(and pocket tabs) is the wrong side of the fabric. The brown cord in the middle is our new everyday pair. They are the finalized pattern with adjusted rise 4T at the 3T length. The white pair is fleece without the cuff or pocket. Remember our desperate PJ situation? Hello little boy yoga pants!

My kid has big legs. Anyone else out there? I have taken to the very unscientific adjustment of cutting 4Ts at 3T length. It seems to be working, so for now, I’m going with it. I also have a really hard time with his bum hanging out of every pair of pants I make. These stay up on his waist; no little plumber action. What does that make him, long waisted? Anyone?

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We’re ignoring the button placement on my red pants, and the fact that my rounded pockets need some practice. I decided to not try and match my knit chevron design, just sew it up. So you know what happened entirely on accident? In both the front and back I have a point within an inch of the center seam. I can’t help feeling like it looks like a swing and miss. That brown point shouts “The center seam is not here!” We are actively ignoring that too.

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Didn’t see anything mom.

What I Like about this Boy’s Pant Pattern:

I’m a visual sewer. If you told me I had a choice between a stack a pictures with no words, or a stack of written directions I’m going pictures 100% of the time. Kate’s patterns are really built for visual sewing. The pictures accompanying the directions are clear and helpful.

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Even if you haven’t done a cuff before, the directions for adding them to the bottom of these pants makes it a straightforward detail. The pants look really big on him here, he’s leaning over.

Surfer Slacks

The knit/elastic waistband combo is an easy finish. And as a huge plus he can get them up and down by himself. Honestly my kid would happily just be naked, so if his pants give him trouble he just takes them off. Then I have to chase after him yelling “Where are your pants?!”

Things to Watch for

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I’m new to the round pocket. The technique is not hard, and it is well enough explained, I just need more practice at it!

These wood buttons have a nice texture and look good in person. I don’t think they are translating well in pictures; they look a bit harsh. Ok that isn’t really something to watch for in the pattern….

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I adjusted the elastic measurement in the waistband since it hit him pretty high waist and I found the initial pants were too loose for him.

This pattern is a thumbs up for us!

The Sun and Surf collection is a collaborative work of 4 independent designers. The collection of eight patterns is only available through March 24th. You can find out more about them and buy either the complete collection or the Sun (Girls) or Surf (Boys) collections separately. Find out more on Pattern Anthology.

On a totally different note I’m getting ready to sew up a Roller Skate Dress for M’s Easter dress. I’m hoping for a fast sew. Anyone made one already want to share tips?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Pam March 14, 2013, 7:33 am

    I ended up buying the whole collection. I’m pleased you’ve sewn these in cord, as that’s what I’m hoping to use.

    • onceuponasewingmachine March 14, 2013, 8:36 am

      They work well in cord. I’ve been really tempted to buy the whole thing too. I just put myself on a pattern diet before it came out…We’ll see if that lasts!

  • Cindy March 14, 2013, 8:10 am

    Rounded pockets are a tricky sew but I’m sure you’ll master them in no time at all.:) Looks like a great pants pattern for little boys!

    I haven’t made the Roller Skate pattern yet but from all I’ve heard from those that have sewn it, it’s a quick project.;)


    • onceuponasewingmachine March 14, 2013, 8:34 am

      Yes my rounded pockets still look a bit Home Ec.! But I’m sure it’s like anything practice practice

  • amy mayen March 14, 2013, 10:35 am

    I love the brown pants the most! I love the little round pockets! Good review! What’s the size range? I may have to pick this one up.

    • onceuponasewingmachine March 14, 2013, 10:47 am

      The pattern sizes in the collection vary a little but these pants go 2T-6. I’m happy with the brown too, he really needs some color in his wardrobe right now, but he outgrew all his basics too! And as a plus the cord was in my fabric stash!

  • kate March 14, 2013, 1:21 pm

    awesome fabrics! Yay, I’m so glad you like the pattern. I actually like those wooden buttons, I think they look great!

    • onceuponasewingmachine March 14, 2013, 5:06 pm

      I’m really happy with the wooden button in real life, I was grumpy they didn’t look as good in the pictures! Excited for the sun and better pictures some day soon!

      And we will be sewing up more of these in the future I’m sure!

  • ajaire March 14, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Those looks so comfy! I don’t know how I missed that the surfer slacks have a banded waist like that. I love it!

    • onceuponasewingmachine March 14, 2013, 10:16 pm

      It’s hard to see when they are running around or don’t have their arms in the air! But it really is a nice feature especially for the younger crowd 🙂

  • lisa March 20, 2013, 7:36 am

    These are adorable! I always love pants with a cuff that you can roll down as they get taller so the pants will last twice as long. You did a great job with these!

  • Andrea from The Train To Crazy March 20, 2013, 11:13 pm

    LOVE them!!

  • Shannon March 24, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Very cute 🙂
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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