Friday, May 30, 2014

Convertible Sandbox Pants.

I realized Jack has suddenly grown out of most of his shorts, time for new ones!  

I had an epic fail with the Blank Slate Coastal Cargos, I made a size he measured in to and they wouldn't even pull up over his bum.  I was sad, he was sad.  Okay, I was more than sad, I was angry. I feel like my sewing time is precious lately as I am not always feeling well enough.  I needed a quick fix that I knew was going to work for me, and since I still wanted the look of the failed pants, I modified one of my trusty Oliver + S patterns. 

I decided to use the Sandbox pants pattern as I had made it before and Jack loved them.  Also, not only has he nearly outgrown his beloved red After School pants he tripped at kindy one day and tore a small hole in the knee, he was devastated, though he kept wearing them.  Funny being he didn't even want the dang things in the first place, ha!  

I flat felled the seams on the outside of the pant leg and the inseam so I could roll them up and not have any yucky serger seams showing.  The inseam nearly killed me, but I did it!

Then I made a tab and sewed velcro to it and the pant leg (the soft side of the velcro on the pant leg in case he wears them as pants so they don't catch on anything).

I rolled up the pant leg and kind of just winged it as to where to place the tab and velcro, but matched them on both sides obviously.

The color looks really weird in this picture, hm.  Anyway, I used a fun print on the pocket linings, just like he likes.

The pants are a size 5 and still have plenty of growing room, maybe he will get some use out of them in the fall too.

Unlike some things I make him, he was totally excited about these and couldn't wait for them to be done.  Score!


  1. These are truly fantastic pants. I may have to copy this for when my little man is a bit older. Great job mama! How irritating that the original pattern didn't work though.

  2. Very cool B :-) love the outfit.
    Seriously annoying that the first pair were a fail....

  3. Love these especially the tab. I reckon the Sandbox pattern is my most used pattern ever.

  4. super cute!!! I bought the pattern and have to make a pair too! Love the tab idea to make them convertible!

  5. I love red pants and you manage to make the cutest ones! Great job customizing the Sandbox pattern.:)