Monday, September 29, 2014

Sandbox Love

We've all got that one pattern that we love to sew and for me that is the Oliver + S Sandbox Pants.  I've sewn it up countless times over the years.  It's a great basic pants pattern all on it's own but with a little imagination you can make pretty much any kind of pants/shorts with it.  This time around, I made a pair of shorts for BK.  If you want to see my other renditions of the Sandbox pattern over the years, check out the Oliver + S blog HERE.

pattern:  Oliver + S Sandbox Pants
size:  8
fabric:  Sew Classic Bottomweight Twill from Jo-Ann Fabrics (army green)
mods:  shortened the pants to shorts, curved the bottom of the front pockets, contrast topstitching, used gray ribknit fabric for the waistband

For a slightly more feminine look, I rounded the bottom of the front patch pockets.  My inspiration was this pair from Mel.
I double stitched the pockets and topstitched the side/crotch seams with light gray thread for interest.  Added bonus is those pockets and seams are very sturdy now!  Always a plus since BK is hard on her clothes.  I also used a ribknit for the waistband as I thought the twill was a little too stiff to be comfortable. 

sandbox shorts full

The shorts are perfect for our warm (so far) Fall!  I'm sure I'll be using the pattern again to make a pair of long pants once the weather turns cooler.  Perhaps a pair of convertible Sandbox pants like Brittney made?


  1. I love working with cotton twill and great changes you made to make the shorts more feminine :)

  2. Double stitching the pockets and topstitching the seams makes all the difference to the overall look, Cindy. They look fabulous!!! I almost always topstitch crotch seams on shorts, but I find it very fiddly to topstitch the side seams. Perhaps I'm just lazy... LOL!!! I do love the look, though, so I think I'll have try harder next time.

  3. Nice shorts, I love the top stitching details! Shorts and pants are tough, if you find a fit that works its a sew again and again for sure.

  4. These are very beach boutique with the rugged, muted fabric and all the topstitching!

  5. I love them. Your top stitching is so perfect and looks fabulous. Maybe I'll try a pair next summer.

  6. Great photo Cindy, congrats on the post!

  7. Thanks, Nicole! I'll be sad when BK outgrows this pattern.


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