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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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….
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?
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