Today I'm reviewing the Sisboom Katie Fancy Pants. If you aren't familiar with Sisboom Patterns, they are a collaborative effort between fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Crim of Scientific Seamstress. In case you're wondering about the top, that's also a Sisboom pattern, the Emily Tunic.
I've been suffering from PTRD (Post Traumatic Ruffle Disorder) for the last year, and every pants pattern in my arsenal has ruffles somewhere. I actually like a little ruffle, but my daughter is a huge tomboy and all the ruffles just seem silly when she goes stomping in mud puddles pretty much daily.
My favorite feature of the pattern are the cute front pockets, perfect for toddler collected "treasures" like the baby acorns she's shoving inside in the photo above. I also added back pockets (not included in the pattern) simply because I had 2 perfect scraps left, and there's no point in hoarding 2 tiny pieces of JPag fabric (or is there?). I did add them about an inch too low though, oops! Still cute, but gives the pants the look of droopy drawers when they really are not. My bad!
As you can see, my daughter is currently in the chunky toddler stage. She's also still in diapers despite me asking Santa for a potty trained 2 year old for Christmas. For these reasons, and the fact that she is very difficult to dress, I decided to do the full elastic option, but you can also make them with a cute drawstring as well.
The pattern includes both a low and high rise cutting option. I chose the high rise due to the diaper, and as you can see there's no plumber's crack here. Unlike a lot of kid's pants patterns, this pattern also has a different rise for the front and the back making for a better overall fit.
Here are the pattern details for those who want to know it ALL:
- Price $9.95
- Sizes 12 mo to 12
- 202 pages (17 instructions and charts, the rest are unnested pattern pieces with printing chart so you know what you need to print for each size. I printed 8 pages for the 2T with pockets.)
- Waistband options: Drawstring front with elasticized back or fully elasticized
- Optional lined pockets with additional instruction for creating a faux piping effect
- Flared leg or ruffle bottom options
- Fully faced waistband and leg hems for a professional finish
- Includes measurement and yardage charts
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